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Aspen Engineering

Whats New in V7.3

Version Number: V7.3


March 2011
Copyright (c) 2011 by Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
Aspen Acol+, Aspen Adsim, Aspen Adsorption , Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger, Aspen Basic Engineering, Aspen
Batch Process Developer, Aspen Batch Distillation, Aspen Batch Plus, Aspen BatchSep, Aspen Capital Cost
Estimator, Aspen CatRef, Aspen Chromatography, Aspen COMThermo, Aspen Custom Modeler, Aspen
Distillation Synthesis, Aspen Dynamics, Aspen Energy Analyzer, Aspen FCC, Aspen Fired Heater, Aspen
FiredHeater, Aspen Flare System Analyzer, Aspen FLARENET, Aspen HTFS Research Network, Aspen HX-Net,
Aspen Hydrocracker, Aspen Hydrotreater, Aspen HYSYS Amines, Aspen HYSYS Dynamics, Aspen HYSYS
OLGAS 3-Phase, Aspen HYSYS OLGAS, Aspen HYSYS PIPESYS, Aspen HYSYS RTO Offline, Aspen HYSYS
Upstream Dynamics, Aspen HYSYS Upstream Dynamics, Aspen HYSYS Upstream, Aspen HYSYS Upstream,
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Contents

Contents ................................................................................................................. iii


Introduction ............................................................................................................9
aspenONE V7.3 ................................................................................................ 9
Introduction to Aspen Engineering .................................................................... 10
Aspen Engineering Workflow ................................................................................11
Aspen Process Engineering Console .................................................................. 11
Product Description .............................................................................. 11
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 11
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 11
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 11
Process Modeling (Aspen Plus) .............................................................................13
Aspen Plus .................................................................................................... 13
Product Description .............................................................................. 13
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 14
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 21
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 29
The OLI Interface ........................................................................................... 31
Product Description .............................................................................. 31
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 31
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 31
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 31
Aspen Properties ............................................................................................ 32
Product Description .............................................................................. 32
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 32
Compatibility Notes .............................................................................. 36
Whats Fixed ........................................................................................ 40
Aspen Properties Mobile .................................................................................. 42
Product Description .............................................................................. 42
Features ............................................................................................. 42
Compatibility Notes .............................................................................. 42
Aspen Custom Modeler ................................................................................... 43
Product Description .............................................................................. 43
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 43
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 44
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 46

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Aspen Model Runner ....................................................................................... 47


Product Description .............................................................................. 47
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 47
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 48
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 49
Aspen Plus Dynamics (formerly Aspen Dynamics) ............................................... 49
Product Description .............................................................................. 49
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 49
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 53
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 54
Aspen Adsorption (formerly Aspen Adsim) ......................................................... 54
Product Description .............................................................................. 54
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 54
Compatibility Notes .............................................................................. 55
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 57
Aspen Utilities Planner .................................................................................... 57
Product Description .............................................................................. 57
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 57
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 58
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 58
Aspen Reaction Modeler .................................................................................. 58
Product Description .............................................................................. 58
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 59
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 59
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 59
Process Modeling (HYSYS) ....................................................................................61
Aspen HYSYS ................................................................................................. 61
Product Description .............................................................................. 61
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 ................................................ 61
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 73
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 75
Aspen HYSYS Upstream .................................................................................. 75
Product Description .............................................................................. 75
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 76
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 78
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 78
Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining (formerly Aspen RefSYS) ................................. 78
Product Description .............................................................................. 78
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 79
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 84
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 84

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Exchanger Design and Rating ................................................................................85


General Software Fixes ................................................................................... 85
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 85
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 .......................................................................... 85
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger (formerly ACOL+) .................................................. 86
Product Description .............................................................................. 86
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 86
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 87
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 87
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 .......................................................................... 88
Aspen Fired Heater (formerly Aspen FiredHeater) ............................................... 88
Product Description .............................................................................. 88
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 88
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 90
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 90
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 .......................................................................... 91
Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger (formerly Aspen TASC+) ..................................... 91
Product Description .............................................................................. 91
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 91
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 .................................................................. 93
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ............................................................................. 93
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 .......................................................................... 95
Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical (formerly Aspen Teams) ..................................... 95
Product Description .............................................................................. 95
New Features and Enhancements ........................................................... 96
Compatibility Notes ............................................................................ 106
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 106
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 ........................................................................ 108
Aspen Plate Exchanger (formerly Aspen Plate+) ............................................... 109
Product Description ............................................................................ 109
New Features and Enhancements ......................................................... 109
Compatibility Notes for V7.3.1 ............................................................. 109
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 109
Whats Fixed in V7.3.1 ........................................................................ 110
Aspen HTFS Research Network ...................................................................... 110
Product Description ............................................................................ 110
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 110
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 111
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 111
Aspen MUSE ................................................................................................ 111
Product Description ............................................................................ 111
New Features and Enhancements ......................................................... 111
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 111
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 111
Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger............................................................................. 112
Product Description ............................................................................ 112
New Features and Enhancements ......................................................... 112
Compatibility Notes for V7.3.1 ............................................................. 117
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 117

Contents

Economic Evaluation ...........................................................................................119


Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (formerly Aspen Icarus Process Evaluator) ...... 119
Product Description ............................................................................ 119
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 and V7.3.1 .............................. 120
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 134
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 134
Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Icarus Project Manager) ............. 135
Product Description ............................................................................ 135
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 136
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 147
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 147
Aspen Capital Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Kbase) ....................................... 148
Product Description ............................................................................ 148
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 148
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 162
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 162
Icarus Evaluation Engine ............................................................................... 166
Technology Description ....................................................................... 166
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 166
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 174
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 174
What Fixed in Supporting Products ................................................................ 174
Aspen Decision Analyzer ..................................................................... 174
Aspen Icarus Framework ..................................................................... 174
Aspen Icarus Reporting ....................................................................... 174
Energy and Flare Analysis ...................................................................................175
Aspen Energy Analyzer (formerly Aspen HX-Net).............................................. 175
Product Description ............................................................................ 175
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 175
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 175
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 176
Aspen Flare System Analyzer (formerly Aspen FLARENET) ................................. 176
Product Description ............................................................................ 176
New Features and Enhancements ......................................................... 176
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 178
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 178
Aspen HYSYS Thermodynamics COM Interface (formerly Aspen COM Thermo) ..... 179
Product Description ............................................................................ 179
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 179
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 179
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 179
Aspen Simulation Workbook ...............................................................................181
Aspen Simulation Workbook .......................................................................... 181
Product Description ............................................................................ 181
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 181
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 182
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 182

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Process Development ..........................................................................................183


Aspen Batch Process Developer (formerly Aspen Batch Plus) ............................. 183
Product Description ............................................................................ 183
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 184
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 184
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 184
Aspen Solubility Modeler ............................................................................... 185
Production Description ........................................................................ 185
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 186
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 186
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 186
Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development) ...........................................187
Aspen Batch Distillation (formerly Aspen BatchSep) .......................................... 187
Product Description ............................................................................ 187
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 187
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 188
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 188
Aspen Chromatography ................................................................................. 189
Product Description ............................................................................ 189
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 189
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 190
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 191
Aspen Process Tools ..................................................................................... 192
Product Description ............................................................................ 192
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 192
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 192
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 192
Aspen Process Manual ................................................................................... 193
Product Description ............................................................................ 193
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 193
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 193
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 193
Aspen Basic Engineering (formerly Aspen Zyqad) ...............................................195
Aspen Basic Engineering ............................................................................... 195
Product Description ............................................................................ 195
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 195
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 198
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 200
Operations Support .............................................................................................201
Aspen Online Deployment ............................................................................. 201
Product Description ............................................................................ 201
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 201
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 202
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 202

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Aspen Operator Training Simulator Framework ................................................ 203


Product Description ............................................................................ 203
New Features and Enhancements ......................................................... 203
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 204
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 204
Aspen OnLine .............................................................................................. 205
Product Description ............................................................................ 205
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 205
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 205
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 205
Aspen Plus Based Refinery Reactors ...................................................................207
Aspen Plus Catcracker (formerly Aspen FCC) ................................................... 207
Product Description ............................................................................ 207
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 207
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 207
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 207
Aspen Plus Hydrocracker (formerly Aspen Hydrocracker) ................................... 208
Product Description ............................................................................ 208
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 208
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 208
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 208
Aspen Plus Hydrotreater (formerly Aspen Hydrotreater) .................................... 208
Product Description ............................................................................ 208
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 209
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 209
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 209
Aspen Plus Reformer (formerly Aspen CatRef) ................................................. 209
Product Description ............................................................................ 209
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 209
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 209
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 209
Aspen Open Object Model Framework .................................................................211
Aspen Open Object Model Framework ............................................................. 211
Product Description ............................................................................ 211
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 212
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 212
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 212
PE/PD Console ....................................................................................................213
PE/PD Console ............................................................................................. 213
Product Description ............................................................................ 213
New Features and Enhancements in V7.3 .............................................. 213
Compatibility Notes for V7.3 ................................................................ 213
Whats Fixed in V7.3 ........................................................................... 213

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Introduction

aspenONE V7.3
As shown in the figure below, aspenONETM unifies all of the AspenTech
products and capabilities into a single cohesive system that allows users in
each process industry vertical to safely and predictably manage and improve
the performance of their enterprise operations.

Key capabilities:

Use consistent models to design, optimize, and improve your plant


operations.
Design and de-bottleneck plants and processes for maximum
performance.
Gain control of plants and processes from a business perspective.

Introduction

Look ahead to capitalize on opportunities and identify problems before


they occur.
Measure plant performance.
Estimate capital and operation costs.

Introduction to Aspen
Engineering
Aspen Engineering is an integrated engineering environment that provides
business value through the creation, management, and deployment of
process knowledge throughout the engineering enterprise.
The V7.3 releases of Aspen Engineering offer exciting new functionality and
key enhancements that further advance AspenTechs products, helping
customers to make faster decisions and operate more efficiently and
profitably within the areas of engineering design, simulation, and
optimization.
This document provides an overview of product functionality and details the
new capabilities and major enhancements for each product in the Aspen
Engineering Suite.

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Aspen Engineering Workflow

Aspen Process Engineering


Console
Product Description
AspenTechs Process Engineering Console is a framework for organizing
data from various programs associated with a project and for sharing that
data between AspenTech programs. Version V7.3 of Process Engineering
Console is updated to work with the V7.3 versions of AspenTech products.
Aspen Process Engineering Console organizes the tasks associated with a
project into the following activities:
Properties Setup, using Aspen Properties or Aspen HYSYS.
Process Simulation, using Aspen Plus or Aspen HYSYS.
Economic Analysis, using Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (formerly
Aspen Icarus Process Evaluator).
Simulation Workbook, using Aspen Simulation Workbook to collect and
process data from the models in this project.
Aspen Process Engineering Console stores all the data from these programs in
a folder named for the project and lets you organize your projects so you can
find the data you need quickly and easily.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements listed for this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Engineering Workflow

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Aspen Engineering Workflow

Process Modeling (Aspen


Plus)

Aspen Plus
Product Description
Aspen Plus is the AspenTech state-of-the-art steady-state simulation system
that can be used for modeling a variety of industrial processes including
chemical, petrochemical, energy, metals, and refining. Aspen Plus contains a
comprehensive library of unit operation models and allows you to easily plug
in proprietary custom models. In addition, Aspen Plus provides full Windows
interoperability to facilitate the process and design engineers work processes.
Aspen Plus with the Aspen Plus Optimizer and Aspen OnLine modules provides
the framework to make optimization (including closed loop real-time
optimization) a natural extension to simulation, process control, and decision
making. Aspen Plus automatically installs and works with the following
separately licensed sub-products:
Aspen Distillation Synthesis, formerly the Aspen Split feature in Aspen
Plus, allows you to construct ternary maps and do azeotrope searches on
multi-component mixtures, as well as use the ConSep unit operation
model for distillation design.
Aspen Rate-Based Distillation, formerly Aspen RateSep, allows you to
perform rate-based distillation calculations using the RadFrac unit
operation model.
Aspen Plus Optimizer allows you to perform optimization calculations in
the equation-oriented environment.
Aspen Polymers allows you to model processes involving polymers and
oligomers. It includes databases, property methods and models, and
reaction kinetics models required to simulate polymerization reactors and
processing plants.
Aspen Plus Dynamics, which enables dynamic simulation. This product is
installed with the Advanced options.
Aspen Plus is a mixed simulation and optimization environment supporting
both sequential modular and equation-oriented solution techniques for
process flowsheets.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
You can extract experimental physical property data for thousands of
binary mixtures using the NIST ThermoData Engine (TDE).
Integrated Economic Analysis now allows user-defined custom sizing and
estimating methods through a new costing templates feature.
You can now view a greenhouse gas summary that reports the carbon
equivalents produced directly in the process or indirectly by consumption
of process utilities.
Aspen Plus simulation cases can be sent directly to Aspen Energy Analyzer
to evaluate and optimize process heating and cooling.
Conventional solid components can now be included in the mixed
substream, making it much easier to simulate processes with solids.
See the sections below for a complete list of new and improved features.

Workflow and Usability


The new Start Page provides easy access to AspenTech news. You can
set the My News tab to display any RSS feed or disable the Start Page on
the Start Page tab of the Tools | Options dialog box.
The new Analysis toolbar provides easy access to features such as Aspen
Distillation Synthesis, Aspen Energy Analyzer, Aspen Flare System
Analyzer, and Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating.
The Pro/II converter has been enhanced and now supports a number of
features which were previously not supported or not converted correctly.
See the Compatibility Notes for a list.
There are now commands on the View menu to enable or disable the
display of Connection Streams and Measurements. These perform the
same functions as the checkboxes on the Flowsheet tab of the Tools |
Options dialog box but are more easily accessible. These also have
shortcut keys Ctrl+Alt+C and Ctrl+Alt+M.
Some shortcut keys and mouse controls used for navigating around the
flowsheet have been changed or added for ease of use and consistency
with HYSYS. In particular, the mouse wheel and Page Up and Page Down
keys can be used to zoom in/out by small increments, while Shift+Page
Up, Shift+Page Down, and Home can be used for Zoom In, Zoom Out, and
Zoom Full. See the compatibility notes for the full list of these changes.
The Find Object command has been enhanced to allow you to search in a
specific Hierarchy level and to allow you to search for blocks or streams
using wildcards.
The Model Summary form now also appears in each supported block,
allowing you to view and modify all scalar block variables for the block in
one place.
When you open a file and then save it, now the default save type is the
type of the original file. The default save type in Tools | Options is used
only for new models, and this is initially set to the more convenient
compound file (*.apwz) type. The default Aspen Plus file type stored
inside the compound file is now Aspen Plus Document (*.apw).
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There is a new option on the Setup | Simulation Options |


Calculations sheet to automatically generate an XML results file when
running an input file or batch run.
Now when you rename or delete streams after EO synchronization, a new
dialog box lets you update/delete corresponding EO variable names
entered as specifications on various forms. In previous versions, these
names could not be updated automatically, leading to various problems.
You can now specify descriptions for EO variables on the EO Input |
Configure sheet which will be saved with your model. This can be used to
document complex or custom EO models.
The installer now has an option to install without the SQL database for
Aspen Properties Enterprise Database. With this option, the database must
be installed on another machine and the Database Manager must be used
to configure the database connection. There is also an option in the Server
installation option to just install the database without any of the products
that use it.

Integrated Economic Analysis


Material costs for raw materials and products are now passed from Aspen
Plus to Aspen Process Economic Analyzer. Their totals, along with
annualized capital cost, total utilities cost, total product sales, desired rate
of return, and pay out period are now reported on the Summary tab on
the Equipment Summary grid.
Aspen Plus can now use costing templates with Aspen Process Economic
Analyzer to specify the location of the project, units set, lifetime of the
project, and other parameters.
The costing template is specified on the Setup | Costing Options |
Costing Options sheet. Key parameters can also be changed here. You
can create custom templates in Aspen Process Economic Analyzer to
specify custom sizing and mapping options. This removes the need to
specify these options each time you perform integrated sizing and costing.
The Costing toolbar now also has buttons linked to the Costing Options
and Stream Price forms.
Equipment weight and total installed weight are now reported for each
piece of equipment in the Equipment Summary grid.

Engineering Enhancements
Aspen Plus now reports CO2 equivalents for greenhouse gases produced
by each unit operation block, those emitted by utilities used, and totals for
the overall process, as well as the carbon fee/tax for emissions. See
Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the help for details about this feature.
It is now possible to use Utilities in HeatX blocks with the Rigorous
methods, only in Design and Rating calculation types.
Three new mass transfer and interfacial area correlations for packings
have been added for use in Aspen Rate-Based Distillation. HanleyPall
(2010) models Pall rings, HanleyIMTP (2010) models IMTP, CMR, and ETA rings, and HanleyStruc (2010) models sheet metal structured
packings.

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RadFrac, PetroFrac, and MultiFrac will now allow you to specify a column
diameter in rating calculations as small as 0.01 m. Previously the
minimum was 0.1 m. This will allow you to more easily model laboratoryscale columns.
Pressure relief calculations have been improved to make them more
accurate (see Compatibility Notes for details).
It is now possible to use an RPlug model without reactions (for instance,
to model heat flux in detail).
In RPlug reactors with solids, you can now specify a solid holdup profile
when you specify the liquid holdup profile. In this case the reaction rates
in vapor, liquid, and solid phases are all affected by the portion of the
reactor occupied by those phases.
The Dryer model can now remove water from NC substreams in which it is
specified via the Moisture specification of the PROXANAL attribute, when
water is specified as a moisture component. It does not operate on any
other moisture components in NC substreams.
The Pump model now has options for its vapor check in the same way the
Compr model does for its liquid check. See the Pump | Setup |
Calculation Options sheet configure these options.
Common RXN_RCSTRR now contains catalyst data. This allows you to
access such data in user subroutines written for RCSTR blocks. See Aspen
Plus User Models for details.

Solids
It is now possible to use conventional inert solid components (specified as
Solid on the Components form) in the MIXED substream. This allows you to
perform simple solid modeling without the complication of using multiple
substreams.
Solid components with a particle size distribution still need to be used with
one of the substreams that contain a PSD attribute.
EO formulations of Mixer, Flash2, Flash3, Decanter, Pump, FSplit, SSplit,
Mult, Dupl, Selector and Streams support solids in the MIXED substream.
Other models in EO do not support solids in the MIXED substream, and
will issue a warning if they are found. (Depending on the properties
available for these components, they may lead to errors in the EO models
which do not support them, or may run but lead to inaccurate results.)
The SFRAC property represents the solid fraction within the MIXED
substream. Previously, this solid fraction consisted only of salts, but now it
may also include conventional inert solids.
The new CISOLID-COMPS paragraph in input language specifies which
components are declared as solids. It is required only if you use
components of type Solid in the MIXED substream.
Properly-specified backup files from previous versions (including those
embedded into .apw or .apwz files) will continue to work as they always
did, with all their solids in CISOLID substreams.

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You can choose to put some of these solids into the MIXED substream and
some in the CISOLID substream. When you do so:
For most blocks, solids will remain in the substream in which they were
specified.
RStoic can be used to move solid components between the MIXED and
CISOLID substreams.
Solid products of REquil and RGibbs will be placed in the CISOLID
substream if it is present in the outlet stream, or the MIXED substream
otherwise.

NIST TDE with Binary Data


The NIST TDE feature has been significantly enhanced to include
experimental data for binary mixtures. The available data include VLE,
LLE, heat of mixing, density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, surface
tension, and others. These data can be used to perform data regression
using the existing Data Regression capability. These data constitute
virtually all available experimental binary data known to date. The
retrieved data can be viewed, plotted and saved to forms for further use
in data regression.
For binary VLE data, TDE includes the capability to perform
thermodynamic consistency tests. The tests include a quantitative
measure of the data quality (quality factor), which will be useful in helping
you select appropriate data sets to use.
This feature also includes a new workflow that allows you to perform data
regression or evaluation directly, thus enhancing ease of use. The NIST
TDE engine has been updated to version 5.0. The NIST-TRC databank has
been updated based on the June 2010 NIST SOURCE data archive and
version 5.0 of TDE; over 4000 more compounds have been added.

Data Regression Enhancements


The evaluation feature of the standard Data Regression (Properties |
Regression | Input | Setup sheet, option Evaluation) has been
improved for VLE with 3 or more components and for LLE. Now a flash is
performed to ensure results will be consistent with results obtained by
other methods.
Experimental binary data available in TDE can be used to populate the
Data form directly (Properties | Data | Mixture | Data sheet). When
you define a Data set containing two components, you can retrieve the
experimental data from TDE instead of entering them manually.

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Databank Updates
New APV73 database was created, containing new PURE25 databank
based on the January 2010 release of the DIPPR database. This databank
is similar to the PURE24 databank, but many parameters for a large
number of components have been updated, and 42 components have
been added.

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Alias

Name

CAS Number

C22H44-D1

1-DOCOSENE

1599-67-3

C24H48-D1

1-TETRACOSENE

10192-32-2

C26H52-N10

1-HEXACOSENE

18835-33-1

C28H56-N2

1-OCTACOSENE

18835-34-2

C12H16-D4

5-O-TOLYL-2-PENTENE

6047-69-4

C7H12-N3

BICYCLO-2-2-1-HEPTANE

279-23-2

C8H14-N3

BICYCLO-2-2-2-OCTANE

280-33-1

C18H24-N6

TRIAMANTANE

13349-10-5

C22H28-D1

TETRAMANTANE

27745-90-0

C10H10O-D1

3,5-DIMETHYLBENZOFURAN

10410-35-2

C14H14O4

DIALLYL-PHTHALATE

131-17-9

C19H38O2-N1 METHYL-STEARATE

112-61-8

C15H30O2-N1 METHYL-MYRISTATE

124-10-7

C17H34O2-N1 METHYL-PALMITATE

112-39-0

C10H12O2-N5 ETHYL-PHENYLETHANOATE

101-97-3

C8H18N2O2-D1 4-2-2-AMINOETHOXYETHYLMORPHOLINE

20207-13-0

C8H17NO3

BETA-MORPHOLINOETHOXYETHANOL

3603-45-0

C10H9N-N5

8-METHYLQUINOLINE

611-32-5

C4H9NO-N1

2-BUTANONE-OXIME

96-29-7

C6H14S-N1

ISOPROPYL-SULFIDE

625-80-9

C6H8S

2,3-DIMETHYLTHIOPHENE

632-16-6

C6H15CLO3SI

3-CHLOROPROPYL-TRIMETHOXY-SILANE

2530-87-2

C9H20O5SI

GLYCIDOXYPROPYLTRIMETHOXYSILANE

2530-83-8

CLF3

CHLORINE-TRIFLUORIDE

7790-91-2

C6H15O3P

TRIETHYL-ESTER-PHOSPHOROUS-ACID

122-52-1

F3P

PHOSPHORUS-TRIFLUORIDE

7783-55-3

C8H4CL2O2-D1 TEREPHTHALOYL-CHLORIDE

100-20-9

C3H8N2O

1,3-DIMETHYL-UREA

96-31-1

C2H6N2O-N1

MONOMETHYLUREA

598-50-5

C4H12N2O-D1 BIS-2-AMINOETHYL-ETHER

2752-17-2

C6H14N2O-D2 4-2-AMINOETHYL-MORPHOLINE

2038-03-1

C6H13NO-N1

100-74-3

N-ETHYLMORPHOLINE

C11H16O2-D1 PG-ALPHA-METHOXYBENZYL-ETHER

871518-84-2

C11H16O2-D2 2-ALPHA-METHOXYBENZYL-1-PROPANOL

857237-25-3

C4H8O2S-D1

2935-90-2

METHYL-3-MERCAPTOPROPIONATE

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Alias

Name

CAS Number

C4H3F7O-N1

HEPTAFLUOROPROPYL-METHYL-ETHER

375-03-1

C9H8O4-N2

MONOMETHYL-TEREPHTHALATE

1679-64-7

C7H12O3-D1

ETHYL-LEVULINATE

539-88-8

C10H10MG

BIS(CYCLOPENTADIENYL)MAGNESIUM

1284-72-6

C40H62O19

SUCROSE-ACETATE-ISOBUTYRATE

126-13-6

C5H10O-N1

2-METHYLOXOLANE

96-47-9

SIH3CL

MONO-CHLOROSILANE

13465-78-6

APV73 also contains the new BIODIESEL databank containing 461


components including triglycerides, diglycerides, and monoglycerides
which appear in biodiesel production processes.
Binary parameters have been added for the water-vinyl chloride system
for NRTL and UNIQUAC models, and for THF-methyl acetate for NRTL,
UNIQUAC, WILSON, and their -HOC and -RK variations.
The NRTL binary parameters for water/2-ethylhexanol in the LLE-ASPEN
databank were incorrect and have been updated based on regression of
new data.
Binary parameters for water with ketones have been updated:
Name 1

Name 2 Alias 1

Alias 2 Models

METHYL-ACETATE

Water

C3H6O2-3

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC, Wilson

DIETHYL-KETONE

Water

C5H10O-4

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

METHYL-N-PROPYL-KETONE Water

C5H10O-2

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

DIISOPROPYL-KETONE

Water

C7H14O

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-HEXANONE

Water

C6H12O-D3 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-D2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-OCTANONE

Water

C8H16O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-E1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-E1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-OCTANONE

Water

C8H16O-D2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-D3 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

4-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

5-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

DIISOBUTYL-KETONE

Water

C9H18O-D1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

5-METHYL-2-HEXANONE

Water

C7H14OD10

NRTL, UNIQUAC

H2O

The new NISTV73 database was created. The NIST-TRC databank has
been updated based on the June 2010 NIST SOURCE data archive; over
4000 more compounds have been added.

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Physical Property Models


New property methods have been added based on Aspen HYSYS property
packages: HYSGLYCO, HYSPR, HYSSRK. The HYSYS databank containing
parameters used in these methods has also been added. This is a very
significant enhancement to Aspen Plus in that it brings the three most
commonly used methods in Aspen HYSYS to the Aspen Plus product
family. These methods provide additional industry-proven methods for oil
& gas and gas-processing applications.
New user routine PCHSLU for hydrocarbon solubility of
pseudocomponents. Hydrocarbon solubility is needed when the dirty water
approach to water handling is used. To use this subroutine, write a
subroutine that calculates the parameters of the Hydrocarbon Solubility
model from average boiling point, API gravity, specific gravity, and/or
average molecular weight of the petroleum fraction, using the argument
list from Chapter 25 of Aspen Plus User Models, then specify User
Routine PCHSLU for Hydrocarbon Solubility in a petroleum property
method on the Components | Petro Characterization | Property
Methods form and use this method on the Components | Petro
Characterization | Generation form.
The Liquid Constant Liquid Molar Volume model has been enhanced to use
the General Pure Component Liquid Molar Volume model when parameters
are available for it and no molar volume VLCONS has been entered. This
model is used in the Solids Handling Property Method used for systems
where the solid properties are most important. It should now provide
better liquid properties when VLCONS is not entered.
New option codes have been added to ENRTL-RK, ENRTL-SR, and NRTLSAC for calculating the dielectric constant and density of water. For
STMNBS2, there is a new choice in the fugacity and enthalpy option code.
The REFPROP property method has been updated to use the latest version
(8.1c) from NIST.
New liquid thermal conductivity model based on the API procedure
12A3.2-1 has been added. This is the current recommended API
procedure and should provide more accurate results for petroleum
fractions.

Chemistry
In Chemistry blocks you can now specify the equilibrium constants for
reactions based on a version of the van 't Hoff equation instead of the
expression which has been available in past versions. Additionally, there is
now a term for modeling the pressure dependence of the equilibrium
constant which can be used with either expression.
In Chemistry blocks you can now specify the reactive or inert components
instead of specifying reactions, and let the Aspen Physical Property
System use Gibbs energy minimization to compute the expected products
from among these components. With this option you do not specify any
reactions or equilibrium constants.

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The activity coefficient basis for ionic components is now specified within
each Chemistry block rather than at the global level. This basis can also
be specified on the first screen of the Electrolyte Wizard.

Prop-Set Properties
New Prop-Set properties ISENEX, ISENEXMX (isentropic exponent or
isentropic coefficient) have been added.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Plus V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as V7.2 and other
previous versions of Aspen Plus.
This section describes the differences that you might encounter between
Aspen Plus V7.3 and Aspen Plus V7.2. In most cases, previous Aspen Plus
input files and backup files are completely compatible with Aspen Plus V7.3.
When you open a file from a previous version, Aspen Plus displays the
Upward Compatibility dialog box. If you select Maintain Upward
Compatibility for Features Listed Below then Aspen Plus ignores the new
features in all the areas mentioned on the dialog box (which may include new
pure component databanks, property methods, built-in parameters, ADA/PCS
procedures, calculated molecular weights obtained from formulas, and
checking of user-specified sequence, depending on the version of Aspen Plus
used to create the file).
Costing results from Exchanger Design & Rating or Economic Evaluation may
change from one version to the next due to updated cost data.
New features in other areas, as noted below, may still cause different results
in the new version. These changes may have greater impact in flowsheets
with loose tolerances due to convergence paths being different. AspenTech
makes every effort to avoid making changes that result in incompatibilities
with previous versions. The changes discussed in this section were necessary
to correct problems (such as wrong results), to implement new features, or to
improve ease-of-use.
The most important areas where you might encounter differences between
Aspen Plus V7.3 and earlier versions are:
Unit Operation Models
Convergence.
Pressure relief.
Workflow and usability.
Solids.
Physical properties.
Databanks.
Retired features.
Features to be retired.
Updates to previous compatibility notes.

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Unit Operation Models


Models exported from versions of Aspen Custom Modeler before 2004.1
are now excluded from Aspen Plus. These models must be re-exported
from ACM and reinstalled per the documentation before they can be used.
As always, if you experience problems using ACM Models exported from
an earlier release, try re-exporting them from the latest version.
The pressure drop calculation for flow in pipes formerly used an
approximation for calculating accelerational pressure drop. This
approximation could be significantly low for flow near sonic velocity, and
off to a smaller degree in other conditions. Now it uses a rigorous
calculation which gives correct results. This calculation is separate from
the two-phase frictional pressure drop calculation and applies regardless
of the correlation selected.
Analyzer now uses a TP flash instead of PQ flash in most cases. This
allows it to converge robustly in cases with zero flow. This causes a small
change in results, smaller than the flash tolerance. In V7.2, this change
was made only for the EO formulation, resulting in differences between
SM and EO results of the same magnitude as this change. Now both SM
and EO use the TP flash.
Some rigorous HeatX blocks using Design mode (especially ones with very
large duties requiring multiple series and parallel shells) may show
significant differences due to the default iteration limit for design cases
being increased in Exchanger Design & Rating (EDR). This allows EDR to
find better designs it might have missed before. Also, the warning issued
when design cases reach the iteration limit is now more obvious.
When simulating a kettle reboiler of a distillation column rigorously using
EDR, now this will always be a K shell, the appropriate type. In previous
versions sometimes an X shell or E shell could be used instead. The
results will change in these cases.
Enhanced input data checking for Exchanger Design & Rating (EDR) Air
Cooled Exchanger was developed to examine if input data sets contain
inconsistent, inappropriate, or missing data. It may cause cases to fail in
Aspen Plus when they previously ran in earlier versions, with no indication
of the problem. When the case is opened in the EDR data browser from
Aspen Plus, the input items causing the problem will be highlighted, with a
red background for incorrect inputs, or a blue-green background for
required inputs which are missing. When incorrect inputs are deleted, a
default value will often appear, which can be accepted, or revised as
appropriate.

Convergence
When using a Component Group to specify the components to be converged
in a tear stream, if there are components not defined in the component group
with non-zero flows of component attributes (such as solids with particle size
distributions, nonconventional components, and polymers) or if substreams
not defined in the component group have phase attributes, results in V7.3
may be different than previous versions. The difference is due to earlier
versions always attempting to converge the component or phase attributes,
even when the components are excluded by not being in the component
group.
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Pressure Relief
The Darcy model, which is equivalent to the DIERS Homogeneous
Equilibrium flow model, is now the default frictional pressure drop
correlation in Pres-Relief for all orientations. Beggs-Brill remains the
default method for Pipe and Pipeline. This may result in different pressure
drop calculations for Pres-Relief blocks where two-phase flow exists and
the methods on the Convergence | Methods sheet were not specified.
To match results from previous versions, specify Beggs-Brill for all
orientations where a method was not previously specified.
When Darcy was specified for one of the frictional pressure drop
correlations in Pres-Relief, previous versions also allowed the
corresponding liquid holdup correlation to be specified, even though Darcy
does not use the liquid holdup correlation. Now this field is disabled when
Darcy is selected.

Workflow and Usability


Some shortcut keys and mouse actions used for navigating around the
flowsheet have been changed or added for consistency with HYSYS:
o

Shift+Page Up, Shift+Page Down, and Home now do Zoom In, Zoom
Out, and Zoom Full.

Page Up, Page Down, and the Mouse wheel now do Zoom In/Out by
small increments.

Shift + arrow keys now scrolls by big steps (previously done by Page
Up, Page Down, Home, and End).

Ctrl + mouse wheel now does vertical scroll (previously done by


mouse wheel without Ctrl).

The Pro/II file converter has been enhanced, and a number of conversion
issues have been fixed. You will observe the following changes relative to
Pro/II conversions with previous versions:
o

A Pro/II HX with a utility on one side is now converted to an Aspen


Plus Heater block and an Aspen Plus Utility.

Multiple Pro/II components with the same key can now be properly
converted. All Pro/II components in the PURE24, SOLIDS, INORGANIC,
AQUEOUS, and NIST-TRC databanks are now converted.

Several problems in converting units of measure and the flow basis of


streams have been fixed.

The default physical property set is now converted correctly in some


instances where it was formerly converted incorrectly.

Reaction data is now transferred for all supported reactors, and


pressure drop, volume, liquid phase, and product stream connection
specifications are properly converted.

When converting a Pro/II HX, operation variables such as temperature


and pressure drop are properly converted, including zero pressure
drop when no specification is given.

When converting a Pro/II LNGHX, the duty variable is now properly


converted.

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When converting a Pro/II FLASH, zero pressure drop and duty are
properly set when these values are not specified, and variable
UPPERDEW is converted.

When converting a Pro/II SPLITTER, split fraction is now properly


converted and a global specification is turned into an Aspen Plus
Design-Spec.

When converting a Pro/II STCALC, split fraction is now properly


converted.

When converting a Pro/II PIPE, nominal pipe size is now properly


converted.

Multiple feeds to a Pro/II VALVE are now supported by inserting an


Aspen Plus Mixer block.

The Setup | Report Options form in a Hierarchy no longer displays the


Flowsheet sheet. This sheet contains some rarely-used options to
completely suppress certain items from the report, and these options did
not function correctly within a Hierarchy. An attempt to fix this in V7.2
caused the entire Report Options form to not appear within a Hierarchy;
this has been corrected.

Solids
Mixture entropy for the CISOLID substream (and for inert solids in the MIXED
substream) is now calculated in the same way as entropies are calculated for
a mixture of salts in the MIXED substream, assuming they are pure
condensed species rather than solid solutions. This method is a simple moleaverage of the entropies for the individual solids/salts. Formerly, a term x ln x
was used for CISOLIDs, representing the formation of a solid solution. This
may show a large change in the calculated entropy value when multiple solid
components exist, but should not generally affect simulation results, since
models such as COMPR which depend on entropy are not normally fed with
solids.

Physical Properties
In V7.2, when using the new symmetric reference state for the activity
coefficients of ions, if no equilibrium constants were available for reactions
specified in Chemistry blocks, the Aspen Physical Property System
calculated equilibrium constants incorrectly. This has been corrected so
that these equilibrium constants are not calculated incorrectly; instead,
when using the symmetric reference state, the equilibrium constants are
now required (either directly input, or calculated via data regression).
In the Components section of the Report file, the Name or Alias and
Report Names columns have been replaced by a single Name column.
This makes this report consistent with the Components | Specifications
| Selection sheet in the user interface, where ID, Type, Name, and
Alias are shown.

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Calculations for sonic velocity (SONVEL and SONVELMX Prop-Set


properties) have been corrected for phase L when there are two liquid
phases. In addition, there is a new warning printed when calculating CV,
CVMX, CPCV, CPCVMX, SONVEL, SONVELMX, ISENEX, and ISENEXMX
when the liquid volume model is not pressure-dependent (as is the case
with the Rackett model). With these models, the dV/dP contribution for CV
is not calculated because the liquid volume model always provides a zero.
Another model such as COSTALD or an equation-of-state should be used
to calculate these properties.
Calculations for the Prop-Set properties that calculate apparent flow rates
and fractions (FAPP, TFAPP, TWAPP, WAPP, WXAPP, XAPP and their "2"
variants) now strictly obey the phase qualifier. This results in differences
relative to past versions when solid salts exist in the stream. Previously,
these solid salts were considered in the liquid phase calculations, as is
done in the stream calculations for the apparent approach. These
properties can now be calculated for all phases, including Total and Vapor;
vapor returns just the true concentration since we do not allow ions in the
vapor. Total includes Vapor; when there is no vapor, it should reproduce
the values calculated for Liquid in previous versions.
Parameters for vapor pressure for heating fluid DOW-Q have been
corrected in PURE25 and earlier versions of the pure component databank.
In previous versions the vapor pressure was far lower than it should be.
When no molar volume VLCONS is entered for the Liquid Constant Liquid
Molar Volume, it now uses the General Pure Component Liquid Molar
Volume model instead of the constant value of 1. This model is used in the
Solids Handling Property Method used for systems where the solid
properties are most important. You will see different (generally better)
results when using this model and VLCONS is not entered for some liquid
components. Also, in cases where neither VLCONS nor the parameters for
the General model (usually TC, PC, and RKTZRA for the Rackett equation)
are available, you will encounter errors about the missing data. Enter a
reasonable value for VLCONS or for parameters for the General model
when this happens. You can enter 1 for VLCONS to restore the results
from previous versions.
In past versions, some models using the dirty-water method in sequentialmodular calculations incorrectly used the free-water phase entropy and
volume. The equation-oriented calculations used the correct dirty-water
calculation. This problem is now fixed. You may observe small differences
from previous versions in these properties in dirty-water sequentialmodular calculations.
The evaluation feature of the standard Data Regression (Properties |
Regression | Input | Setup sheet, option Evaluation) has been
improved for VLE with 3 or more components and for LLE. Now a flash is
performed to ensure results will be consistent with results obtained by
other methods. The results of this evaluation will be different than in past
versions for these cases, but they should be more accurate.

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Steam table method STMNBS2 was modified in two ways which may lead
to different results. The results of the previous version can be reproduced
by setting the value of option code 2 of STMNBS2 to 1 when it is called
directly, and to 0 when it is used as the free-water method in conjunction
with an equation of state, such as SRK.
o

A new option for option code 2 (value = 2) was added, which performs
the same rigorous fugacity calculations from Gibbs energy and
corrected enthalpy departure as value 1, but uses the Aspen Plus root
search method instead of the STMNBS2 root search method. This is
more robust and less likely to lead to flash failures where a real root
cannot be found.

A bug was fixed in the handling of option codes when STMNBS2 is


used as the free-water method for equations of state such as SRK.
Previously, option code 2 was ignored in this case and the original
fugacity and enthalpy calculations of STMNBS2 were always used
(equivalent to value 0).

Databanks
Five compounds in the NIST-TRC databank were updated with new names
for consistency with compounds added to or already existing in the
PURE25 databank in APV73:
Alias

New Name in NISTTRC

Old Name in NIST-TRC

F3P

TRIFLUOROPHOSPHINE PHOSPHORUS-TRIFLUORIDE

7783-55-3

C3H8N2O

N,N*-DIMETHYLUREA

96-31-1

1,3-DIMETHYL-UREA

CAS Number

C4H3F7O-N1 C4H3F7O-N1

HEPTAFLUOROPROPYL-METHYL- 375-03-1
ETHER

C9H8O4-N2

MONOMETHYL-TEREPHTHALATE 1679-64-7

C9H8O4-N2

H2-PARA
HYDROGEN-PARA
(was H2-N1)

HYDROGEN,-DIATOMIC,-PARA

The NRTL binary parameters for water/2-ethylhexanol in the LLE-ASPEN


databank were incorrect and have been updated based on regression of
new data. You may see different results in problems using NRTL-based
methods with these components.
The NRTL, Wilson, and UNIQUAC binary parameters for methylacetate/water (for VLE and LLE) were incorrect and have been updated
based on regression of new data. You may see different results in
problems using methods based on these models with these components.
Binary parameters for a number of ketone/water systems were poor or
missing and have been updated or added based on regressions of new
data. You may see different results in problems involving ketones and
water using methods that use binary parameters.

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Retired Features
The Case Study form is no longer shown in the Aspen Plus user interface.
Case Study is still available through input files and the Add-Input form,
and files from previous versions and input files containing Case Study
blocks will have them appear in Add-Input. The Cases feature of the
Sensitivity block is recommended as a more usable version of this
feature through the user interface.
Databanks PURE856, PURE93, PURE10, and AQU92 are no longer
delivered. These are superseded by AQUEOUS and later versions of PURE
which include more recent data from DIPPR and other sources.
o

Each of these databanks is from a version of Aspen Plus more than ten
years old. They were intended only for users who require complete
compatibility with results from previous versions. Because most users
have now updated their simulations to newer database versions, these
old versions are being dropped to reduce the size of the database
delivered with each installation.

It is possible to use the Aspen Properties Enterprise Database to


preserve copies of these databanks if you still need to use them. A
copy of the enterprise database from an earlier version (2006 through
V7.2) which still contains these databanks is required; this can be
downloaded from AspenTech Support. See Maintaining Access to
Retired Databanks for details.

When you open files which reference these databanks, the Upward
Compatibility dialog box will appear. An option at the bottom of the
dialog box lets you choose to either Upgrade retired databanks or
Keep retired databanks. Choosing upgrade replaces PURE856,
PURE93, and PURE10 with PURE25, and replaces AQU92 with
AQUEOUS. The keep option requires a database containing the retired
databanks, and is not available when using the legacy databank
system.

The RateFrac-to-Aspen Rate-Based Distillation converter has been retired.


If you are upgrading from an older version and you still have RateFrac
blocks in your simulations, you should use the converter in the old version
to move to Aspen Rate-Based Distillation before you upgrade.
Flowsheet Export from Aspen Custom Modeler to Aspen Plus. This
capability is superseded by the more flexible Model Export. You can reexport the original Aspen Custom Modeler files as model packages to keep
using them. See Adding ACM Models to the Aspen Plus Model Library for
information.

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Features to be Retired
Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6 runtime libraries. These libraries have been
delivered for several versions while Aspen Plus has been built with Intel
Fortran in order to support user Fortran models built with the older
compiler, but this is the last version in which they will be included. In
future versions, in order to run Fortran compiled by the Compaq compiler
on a computer which does not have this compiler installed, you will need
to install these libraries separately. See the documentation for the
compiler.
OLE paste links (the live, updating link to a data value in Aspen Plus
created when it is copied and pasted into an application which can support
such links, such as Microsoft Excel) will no longer be supported in the next
version. It will still be possible to copy and paste data, but without the live
link. This mechanism has been the source of problems, including slow
copy and paste of large amounts of data. There are other techniques (OLE
automation and Aspen Simulation Workbook) to link models to Excel and
other applications, and these techniques will remain available.
In the next version, it will no longer be possible to create custom forms
for custom models, nor use previously created custom forms.
In the next version, the Feedbl unit operation will be removed from the
Model Library. This model was used with RT-Opt version 10.0 to create
material feed streams. It is not necessary in Aspen Plus, but was provided
to maintain compatibility.
Export of the flowsheet drawing as a DXF file will be removed in the next
version.
PFD mode (which lets you make an alternate version of the process
flowsheet to depict equipment in the plant not modeled in the simulation)
will be removed in a future version.

Updates to Previous Compatibility Notes


In version V7.0, changes were made to the Analyzer block to support
CISOLID substreams. It was previously reported that this removed the
DELTA_ENTH variable and added the DUTY variable. In addition to this
change, the DELTA_MVOL variable was removed. There is no exact equivalent
to these removed variables in the new model, but since they were the
differences between analyzed and stream conditions, their values can be
generated by comparing the ANLZR_* and inlet stream variables.

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Whats Fixed in V7.3


Aspen Plus version V7.3 includes a significant number of software fixes that
further improve the product.
Because of the number of defects fixed is large, the sections below contain a
select subset of all defect fixes. If you are interested in a particular defect
that you do not see listed here or want to see a more comprehensive list,
contact your Support representative.
The sections below summarize the fixed defects, highlighting particular areas
of interest. In addition, see the What's Fixed section for Aspen Properties for
a list of fixed defects related to physical properties and databanks.

Fixed Defects
ID

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00305236

Crusher selection & breakage


function questions

The value of 0.85 was always


for the selection function when
the Ratio of Feed Size to Outlet
Diameter was 1.0 or greater.
Now if selection function is
specified, the value from
selection function will be used.

CQ00405494

Wrong dKdT in EO engine

Incorrect temperature
derivatives could be calculated
for the apparent composition
approach, leading to
convergence failures. This is
now fixed.

CQ00408230

Aspen Plus file crashes

Fixed crash that could occur


when using dirty-water option

CQ00413778

Thermosyphon reboiler duty is not


matching with RadFrac block
reboiler duty

When reboiler duty is specified


for a thermosiphon reboiler in
RadFrac, the reboiler duty
reported in RadFrac might be
wrong. In V7.3 it should match
the value returned by EDR (or
be close, when different
property calculation methods
cause there to be a difference).

CQ00421454

Permission issue using EDR with


Aspen Plus

Prompt user for where to save


the PSF file if the folder is not
writable. Add extension to make
filename unique if there is
already a read-only file with this
name.

CQ00405818

No copy and paste buttons in


Utility object manager

Added Copy/Paste buttons.

CQ00407120

Radfrac: Liquid to and Vapor from


temperatures missing in xml file!

Report the liquid-to and vaporfrom temperatures

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ID

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00407204

Unable to specify stream in


PetroFrac

When the design spec type was


Reid vapor pressure (dry basis),
the "Feed/Product Streams" tab
was incorrectly disabled. Fixed
in V7.3.

CQ00407665

Improvements to help menu

Added two items "Support Live


Chat" and "Join the Aspen Plus
Linked-In Group" to help menu.

CQ00407779

Failure in the summary file toolkit


and the tool HTXINT with user
properties

Fixed a problem which could


cause Summary File Toolkit (or
programs which use it, such as
HTXINT) to crash when reading
certain files containing property
sets.

CQ00407783
and others

Incorrect or missing help

Fixed several missing or wrong


context-sensitive help links and
prompts.

CQ00410793

NQ curve reports wrong rebolier


duty when using thermosiphon

The condenser and reboiler duty


during the NQ-curves
calculation was incorrect for a
column with a thermosiphon
reboiler. Fixed in V7.3.

CQ00410843

Wrong X-axis label for RPlug


residence time plot

Fixed the default label.

CQ00428025

Molecular weight of NH3 with


REFPROP

When the REFPROP model is


used, sometimes there is a tiny
but noticeable difference
between molecular weight from
stream report and from propset. This is now fixed.

CQ00407000

Icon for comments button when


comments are present looks like
plot wizard button

Fixed icon

CQ00416089

Need Icon for Venturi

Added Icon for Venturi in Mixer


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The OLI Interface


Product Description
Aspen OLI Interface is a layered product that lets you make full use of the
OLI Engine, Chemistry Wizard, and Chemistry Generator products from OLI
Systems Inc. within the Aspen Engineering Suite environment. The Aspen OLI
Interface enables process engineers to quickly and reliably perform process
modeling and analysis of aqueous electrolyte systems. Together with Aspen
Plus-based solids and electrolytes modeling technology, Aspen OLI Interface
provides the chemical process industries with comprehensive capability to
model aqueous electrolyte systems over the complete concentration range,
including most of the elements in the periodic table. The OLI property method
provides accurate results for the thermodynamic and transport properties of
aqueous mixtures and associated immiscible organic mixtures. Aspen OLI
Interface refers to the interface that enables you to use OLI products and
capabilities within the Aspen Engineering Suite environment. This manual
provides instructions on how to use the combined features of the Aspen OLI
Interface and the software you license separately from OLI Systems Inc.
These combined products are referred to as Aspen OLI.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


In this release, the interface is updated to use the latest OLI Engine: version
8.2.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Properties
Product Description
Aspen Properties is AspenTech's physical property calculation and analysis
tool. You can use Aspen Properties to prepare a complete property package to
represent an industrial process for use with Aspen Plus, Aspen Plus Dynamics
(Aspen Dynamics), Aspen Custom Modeler, and Aspen HYSYS Petroleum
Refining (RefSYS), and Aspen Exchanger Design and Rating (HTFS+). Batch
Process Developer (Batch Plus) also uses Aspen Properties to model non-ideal
solutions for vapor emissions calculations. You can use Aspen Properties to
estimate a wide range of properties from molecular structure, regress
parameters from laboratory data, and analyze the behavior of chemical and
petroleum systems.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
NIST TDE with Binary Data.
Data Regression Enhancements.
Databank Updates.
Physical Property Models.
Chemistry.
Prop-Set Properties.
Workflow and Usability.

NIST TDE with Binary Data


The NIST TDE feature has been significantly enhanced to include
experimental data for binary mixtures. The available data include VLE,
LLE, heat of mixing, density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, surface
tension, and others. These data can be used to perform data regression
using the existing Data Regression capability. These data constitute
virtually all available experimental binary data known to date. The
retrieved data can be viewed, plotted and saved to forms for further use
in data regression.
For binary VLE data, TDE includes the capability to perform
thermodynamic consistency tests. The tests include a quantitative
measure of the data quality (quality factor), which will be useful in helping
you select appropriate data sets to use.
This feature also includes a new workflow that allows you to perform data
regression or evaluation directly, thus enhancing ease of use.
The NIST TDE engine has been updated to version 5.0. The NIST-TRC
databank has been updated based on the June 2010 NIST data and
version 5.0 of TDE; over 4000 more compounds have been added.

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Data Regression Enhancements


The evaluation feature of the standard Data Regression (Properties |
Regression | Input | Setup sheet, option Evaluation) has been
improved for VLE with 3 or more components and for LLE. Now a flash is
performed to ensure results will be consistent with results obtained by
other methods.
Experimental binary data available in TDE can be used to populate the
Data form directly (Properties | Data | Mixture | Data sheet). When
you define a Data set containing two components, you can retrieve the
experimental data from TDE instead of entering them manually.

Databank Updates
New APV73 database was created, containing new PURE25 databank
based on the January 2010 release of the DIPPR database. This
databank is similar to the PURE24 databank, but many parameters for a
large number of components have been updated, and 42 components
have been added.
Alias

Name

CAS Number

C22H44-D1

1-DOCOSENE

1599-67-3

C24H48-D1

1-TETRACOSENE

10192-32-2

C26H52-N10

1-HEXACOSENE

18835-33-1

C28H56-N2

1-OCTACOSENE

18835-34-2

C12H16-D4

5-O-TOLYL-2-PENTENE

6047-69-4

C7H12-N3

BICYCLO-2-2-1-HEPTANE

279-23-2

C8H14-N3

BICYCLO-2-2-2-OCTANE

280-33-1

C18H24-N6

TRIAMANTANE

13349-10-5

C22H28-D1

TETRAMANTANE

27745-90-0

C10H10O-D1

3,5-DIMETHYLBENZOFURAN

10410-35-2

C14H14O4

DIALLYL-PHTHALATE

131-17-9

C19H38O2-N1 METHYL-STEARATE

112-61-8

C15H30O2-N1 METHYL-MYRISTATE

124-10-7

C17H34O2-N1 METHYL-PALMITATE

112-39-0

C10H12O2-N5 ETHYL-PHENYLETHANOATE

101-97-3

C8H18N2O2-D1 4-2-2-AMINOETHOXYETHYLMORPHOLINE

20207-13-0

C8H17NO3

BETA-MORPHOLINOETHOXYETHANOL

3603-45-0

C10H9N-N5

8-METHYLQUINOLINE

611-32-5

C4H9NO-N1

2-BUTANONE-OXIME

96-29-7

C6H14S-N1

ISOPROPYL-SULFIDE

625-80-9

C6H8S

2,3-DIMETHYLTHIOPHENE

632-16-6

C6H15CLO3SI

3-CHLOROPROPYL-TRIMETHOXY-SILANE

2530-87-2

C9H20O5SI

GLYCIDOXYPROPYLTRIMETHOXYSILANE

2530-83-8

CLF3

CHLORINE-TRIFLUORIDE

7790-91-2

C6H15O3P

TRIETHYL-ESTER-PHOSPHOROUS-ACID

122-52-1

F3P

PHOSPHORUS-TRIFLUORIDE

7783-55-3

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Alias

Name

CAS Number

C8H4CL2O2-D1 TEREPHTHALOYL-CHLORIDE

100-20-9

C3H8N2O

1,3-DIMETHYL-UREA

96-31-1

C2H6N2O-N1

MONOMETHYLUREA

598-50-5

C4H12N2O-D1 BIS-2-AMINOETHYL-ETHER

2752-17-2

C6H14N2O-D2 4-2-AMINOETHYL-MORPHOLINE

2038-03-1

C6H13NO-N1

100-74-3

N-ETHYLMORPHOLINE

C11H16O2-D1 PG-ALPHA-METHOXYBENZYL-ETHER

871518-84-2

C11H16O2-D2 2-ALPHA-METHOXYBENZYL-1-PROPANOL

857237-25-3

C4H8O2S-D1

METHYL-3-MERCAPTOPROPIONATE

2935-90-2

C4H3F7O-N1

HEPTAFLUOROPROPYL-METHYL-ETHER

375-03-1

C9H8O4-N2

MONOMETHYL-TEREPHTHALATE

1679-64-7

C7H12O3-D1

ETHYL-LEVULINATE

539-88-8

C10H10MG

BIS(CYCLOPENTADIENYL)MAGNESIUM

1284-72-6

C40H62O19

SUCROSE-ACETATE-ISOBUTYRATE

126-13-6

C5H10O-N1

2-METHYLOXOLANE

96-47-9

SIH3CL

MONO-CHLOROSILANE

13465-78-6

APV73 also contains the new BIODIESEL databank containing 461


components including triglycerides, diglycerides, and monoglycerides
which appear in biodiesel production processes.
Binary parameters have been added for the water-vinyl chloride system
for NRTL and UNIQUAC models, and for THF-methyl acetate for NRTL,
UNIQUAC, WILSON, and their -HOC and -RK variations.
The NRTL binary parameters for water/2-ethylhexanol in the LLE-ASPEN
databank were incorrect and have been updated based on regression of
new data.
Binary parameters for water with ketones have been updated:

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Name 1

Name 2 Alias 1

Alias 2 Models

METHYL-ACETATE

Water

C3H6O2-3

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC, Wilson

DIETHYL-KETONE

Water

C5H10O-4

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

METHYL-N-PROPYL-KETONE Water

C5H10O-2

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

DIISOPROPYL-KETONE

Water

C7H14O

H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-HEXANONE

Water

C6H12O-D3 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-D2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-OCTANONE

Water

C8H16O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

2-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-E1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-E1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-OCTANONE

Water

C8H16O-D2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

3-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-D3 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

4-HEPTANONE

Water

C7H14O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

5-NONANONE

Water

C9H18O-E2 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

DIISOBUTYL-KETONE

Water

C9H18O-D1 H2O

NRTL, UNIQUAC

5-METHYL-2-HEXANONE

Water

C7H14OD10

NRTL, UNIQUAC

H2O

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The new NISTV73 database was created. The NIST-TRC databank has
been updated based on the June 2010 NIST SOURCE data archive; over
4000 more compounds have been added.

Physical Property Models


New property methods have been added based on Aspen HYSYS property
packages: HYSGLYCO, HYSPR, HYSSRK. The HYSYS databank containing
parameters used in these methods has also been added. This is a very
significant enhancement to Aspen Properties in that it brings the three
most commonly used methods in Aspen HYSYS to the Aspen Plus product
family. These methods provide additional industry-proven methods for oil
& gas and gas-processing applications.
New user routine PCHSLU for hydrocarbon solubility of
pseudocomponents. Hydrocarbon solubility is needed when the dirty water
approach to water handling is used. To use this subroutine, write a
subroutine that calculates the parameters of the Hydrocarbon Solubility
model from average boiling point, API gravity, specific gravity, and/or
average molecular weight of the petroleum fraction, using the argument
list from Chapter 7 of Aspen Properties System Management and
Customization Guide, then specify User Routine PCHSLU for
Hydrocarbon Solubility in a petroleum property method on the
Components | Petro Characterization | Property Methods form and
use this method on the Components | Petro Characterization |
Generation form.
The Liquid Constant Liquid Molar Volume model has been enhanced to use
the General Pure Component Liquid Molar Volume model when parameters
are available for it and no molar volume VLCONS has been entered. This
model is used in the Solids Handling Property Method used for systems
where the solid properties are most important. It should now provide
better liquid properties when VLCONS is not entered.
New option codes have been added to ENRTL-RK, ENRTL-SR, and NRTLSAC for calculating the dielectric constant and density of water. For
STMNBS2, there is a new choice in the fugacity and enthalpy option code.
The REFPROP property method has been updated to use the latest version
(8.1c) from NIST.
New liquid thermal conductivity model based on the API procedure
12A3.2-1 has been added. This is the current recommended API
procedure and should provide more accurate results for petroleum
fractions.

Chemistry
In Chemistry blocks you can now specify the equilibrium constants for
reactions based on a version of the van 't Hoff equation instead of the
expression which has been available in past versions. Additionally, there is
now a term for modeling the pressure dependence of the equilibrium
constant which can be used with either expression.

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In Chemistry blocks you can now specify the reactive or inert components
instead of specifying reactions, and let the Aspen Physical Property
System use Gibbs energy minimization to compute the expected products
from among these components. With this option you do not specify any
reactions or equilibrium constants.
The activity coefficient basis for ionic components is now specified within
each Chemistry block rather than at the global level. This basis can also
be specified on the first screen of the Electrolyte Wizard.

Prop-Set Properties
New Prop-Set properties ISENEX, ISENEXMX (isentropic exponent or
isentropic coefficient) have been added.

Workflow and Usability


When you open a file and then save it, now the default save type is the
type of the original file. The default save type in Tools | Options is used
only for new models, and this is initially set to the more convenient
compound file (*.apropz) type. The default Aspen Properties file type
stored inside the compound file is now Aspen Properties Document
(*.aprop).
The new Start Page provides easy access to AspenTech news. You can
set the My News tab to display any RSS feed or disable the Start Page on
the Start Page tab of the Tools | Options dialog box.
The installer now has an option to install without the SQL database for
Aspen Properties Enterprise Database. With this option, the database must
be installed on another machine and the Database Manager must be used
to configure the database connection. There is also an option in the Server
installation option to just install the database without any of the products
that use it.

Compatibility Notes
Aspen Properties V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as V7.2 and
other previous versions of Aspen Properties.
This section describes the differences that you might encounter between
Aspen Properties V7.3 and Aspen Properties V7.2. In most cases, previous
Aspen Properties input files and backup files are completely compatible with
Aspen Properties V7.3. AspenTech makes every effort to avoid making
changes that result in incompatibilities with previous versions. The changes
discussed in this section were necessary to correct problems, to implement
new features, or to improve ease-of-use.
The most important areas where you might encounter differences between
Aspen Properties V7.3 and earlier versions are:

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Databanks
Five compounds in the NIST-TRC databank were updated with new names
for consistency with compounds added to or already existing in the
PURE25 databank in APV73:
Alias

New Name in NISTTRC

Old Name in NIST-TRC

F3P

TRIFLUOROPHOSPHINE PHOSPHORUS-TRIFLUORIDE

7783-55-3

C3H8N2O

N,N*-DIMETHYLUREA

96-31-1

1,3-DIMETHYL-UREA

CAS Number

C4H3F7O-N1 C4H3F7O-N1

HEPTAFLUOROPROPYL-METHYL- 375-03-1
ETHER

C9H8O4-N2

MONOMETHYL-TEREPHTHALATE 1679-64-7

C9H8O4-N2

H2-PARA
HYDROGEN-PARA
(was H2-N1)

HYDROGEN,-DIATOMIC,-PARA

The NRTL binary parameters for water/2-ethylhexanol in the LLE-ASPEN


databank were incorrect and have been updated based on regression of
new data. You may see different results in problems using NRTL-based
methods with these components.
The NRTL, Wilson, and UNIQUAC binary parameters for methylacetate/water (for VLE and LLE) were incorrect and have been updated
based on regression of new data. You may see different results in
problems using methods based on these models with these components.
Binary parameters for a number of ketone/water systems were poor or
missing and have been updated or added based on regressions of new
data. You may see different results in problems involving ketones and
water using methods that use binary parameters.
Parameters for vapor pressure for heating fluid DOW-Q have been
corrected in PURE25 and earlier versions of the pure component databank.
In previous versions the vapor pressure was far lower than it should be.

Chemistry
In V7.2, when using the new symmetric reference state for the activity
coefficients of ions, if no equilibrium constants were available for reactions
specified in Chemistry blocks, the Aspen Physical Property System calculated
equilibrium constants incorrectly. This has been corrected so that these
equilibrium constants are not calculated incorrectly; instead, when using the
symmetric reference state, the equilibrium constants are now required (either
directly input, or calculated via data regression).

Reports
In the Components section of the Report file, the Name or Alias and
Report Names columns have been replaced by a single Name column. This
makes this report consistent with the Components | Specifications |
Selection sheet in the user interface, where ID, Type, Name, and Alias are
shown.

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Prop-Set Properties
Calculations for sonic velocity (SONVEL and SONVELMX Prop-Set
properties) have been corrected for phase L when there are two liquid
phases. In addition, there is a new warning printed when calculating CV,
CVMX, CPCV, CPCVMX, SONVEL, SONVELMX, ISENEX, and ISENEXMX
when the liquid volume model is not pressure-dependent (as is the case
with the Rackett model). With these models, the dV/dP contribution for CV
is not calculated because the liquid volume model always provides a zero.
Another model such as COSTALD or an equation-of-state should be used
to calculate these properties.
Calculations for the Prop-Set properties that calculate apparent flow rates
and fractions (FAPP, TFAPP, TWAPP, WAPP, WXAPP, XAPP and their "2"
variants) now strictly obey the phase qualifier. This results in differences
relative to past versions when solid salts exist in the stream. Previously,
these solid salts were considered in the liquid phase calculations, as is
done in the stream calculations for the apparent approach. These
properties can now be calculated for all phases, including Total and Vapor;
vapor returns just the true concentration since we do not allow ions in the
vapor. Total includes Vapor; when there is no vapor, it should reproduce
the values calculated for Liquid in previous versions.

Property Models
When no molar volume VLCONS is entered for the Liquid Constant Liquid
Molar Volume, it now uses the General Pure Component Liquid Molar
Volume model instead of the constant value of 1. This model is used in the
Solids Handling Property Method used for systems where the solid
properties are most important. You will see different (generally better)
results when using this model and VLCONS is not entered for some liquid
components. Also, in cases where neither VLCONS nor the parameters for
the General model (usually TC, PC, and RKTZRA for the Rackett equation)
are available, you will encounter errors about the missing data. Enter a
reasonable value for VLCONS or for parameters for the General model
when this happens. You can enter 1 for VLCONS to restore the results
from previous versions.
In past versions, some models using the dirty-water method in sequentialmodular calculations incorrectly used the free-water phase entropy and
volume. The equation-oriented calculations used the correct dirty-water
calculation. This problem is now fixed. You may observe small differences
from previous versions in these properties in dirty-water sequentialmodular calculations.
The evaluation feature of the standard Data Regression (Properties |
Regression | Input | Setup sheet, option Evaluation) has been
improved for VLE with 3 or more components and for LLE. Now a flash is
performed to ensure results will be consistent with results obtained by
other methods. The results of this evaluation will be different than in past
versions for these cases, but they should be more accurate.

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Steam table method STMNBS2 was modified in two ways which may lead
to different results. The results of the previous version can be reproduced
by setting the value of option code 2 of STMNBS2 to 1 when it is called
directly, and to 0 when it is used as the free-water method in conjunction
with an equation of state, such as SRK.
o

A new option for option code 2 (value = 2) was added, which performs
the same rigorous fugacity calculations from Gibbs energy and
corrected enthalpy departure as value 1, but uses the Aspen Plus root
search method instead of the STMNBS2 root search method. This is
more robust and less likely to lead to flash failures where a real root
cannot be found.

A bug was fixed in the handling of option codes when STMNBS2 is


used as the free-water method for equations of state such as SRK.
Previously, option code 2 was ignored in this case and the original
fugacity and enthalpy calculations of STMNBS2 were always used
(equivalent to value 0).

Retired Features
Databanks PURE856, PURE93, PURE10, and AQU92 are no longer
delivered. These are superseded by AQUEOUS and later versions of PURE
which include more recent data from DIPPR and other sources.
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Each of these databanks is from a version of Aspen Plus more than ten
years old. They were intended only for users who require complete
compatibility with results from previous versions. Because most users
have now updated their simulations to newer database versions, these
old versions are being dropped to reduce the size of the database
delivered with each installation.

It is possible to use the Aspen Properties Enterprise Database to


preserve copies of these databanks if you still need to use them. A
copy of the enterprise database from an earlier version (2006 through
V7.2) which still contains these databanks is required; this can be
downloaded from AspenTech Support. See Maintaining Access to
Retired Databanks for details.

When you open files which reference these databanks, the Upward
Compatibility dialog box will appear. An option at the bottom of the
dialog box lets you choose to either Upgrade retired databanks or
Keep retired databanks. Choosing upgrade replaces PURE856,
PURE93, and PURE10 with PURE25, and replaces AQU92 with
AQUEOUS. The keep option requires a database containing the retired
databanks, and is not available when using the legacy databank
system.

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Features to be Retired
Compaq Visual Fortran 6.6 runtime libraries. These libraries have been
delivered for several versions while Aspen Properties has been built with
Intel Fortran in order to support user Fortran models built with the older
compiler, but this is the last version in which they will be included. In
future versions, in order to run Fortran compiled by the Compaq compiler
on a computer which does not have this compiler installed, you will need
to install these libraries separately. See the documentation for the
compiler.
OLE paste links (the live, updating link to a data value in Aspen Properties
created when it is copied and pasted into an application which can support
such links, such as Microsoft Excel) will no longer be supported in the next
version. It will still be possible to copy and paste data, but without the live
link. This mechanism has been the source of problems, including slow
copy and paste of large amounts of data. There are other techniques (OLE
automation and Aspen Simulation Workbook) to link models to Excel and
other applications, and these techniques will remain available.

Whats Fixed
This release of Aspen Properties includes of the following software fixes that
further improve the product.

Fixed Defects

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ID

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00251363

Bad pseudocomponent distribution

Pseudocomponent generation
option ALL could result in
unrealistic pseudocomponent
distribution when there were
pseudocomponents whose
boiling points lie outside the
boiling range of the assays
involved. This problem has been
fixed.

CQ00415457

electrolyte wizard returns bad


equilibrium constants

Some of the equilibrium


constants generated by the
Electrolyte Wizard may not be
right in V7.2. The problem is
fixed.

CQ00418206

PURE22 vs PURE24: HMX GMX and


CPIG values for N2O4

The ideal gas heat capacity


parameters (CPIGDP) for N2O4
in the PURE24 were incorrect.
The parameter values could
result in unrealistic ideal gas
entropy and Gibbs free energy.
The problem has been fixed in
PURE24 and PURE25.

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ID

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00423052

CAPE-OPEN: SetProp failing on


phase fraction in TVF flash

Set correct phase fraction after


flash

CQ00039003

Automatic viewing of binary


interaction parameters on
selection of property method

When an activity coefficient


model such as NRTL, UNIQUAC
or Wilson was used and there
were no binary interaction
parameters for any component
pairs, users were not informed.
This can lead to completely
incorrect results. Now a warning
is given when binary interaction
parameters are not available for
all binary component pairs.

CQ00406273

Problem of PHILMX
(Unsymmetrical Convention,
method code 3)

Add option code for WHENRY to


turn off the correction term
delta for solvents that would
avoid the problem caused by
bad HENRY parameters or
gamma model parameters, like
NRTL, for PHILMX
(Unsymmetrical Convention,
method code 3)

CQ00413895

Aprop and apropz files can't be


opened directly by double clicking

Added registry keys for opening


these file types

CQ00414064

Update NISTV73 with data from


TDE v5.0 engine

The parameter CPLTMLPO was


missing from the NIST-TRC
databank in version V7.2
because of an error in
processing the files provided by
NIST. This has been fixed and
this parameter is now available
in V7.3.

CQ00425471

Add synonyms for common


hydrocarbons

This change makes it easier to


locate and specify common
hydrocarbons up to C30H62.
For example, isobutane, can be
located with i-c4; methane with
c1, n-hexane with n-c6, nc6 or
c6.

CQ00415995

V7.2 gives false Databank Upgrade


warning

In V7.2, when opening an old


backup file, if you choose to
upgrade the pure databanks, a
warning message of failing to
upgrade the databank may pop
up. However, it indeed updated
the databank. The problem is
fixed.

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Aspen Properties Mobile


Product Description
Aspen Properties Mobile (APM) offers quick and convenient access to physical
property data over your mobile phone or tablet computer. Aspen Properties
Mobile V7.3 works with Apples iPadTM, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G,
the original iPhone, and iPod touch.
Aspen Properties Mobile is an extension of Aspen Properties, AspenTechs
market-leading physical property database and calculation engine. It provides
access to pure component property data from the Aspen Pure Component
property databases, and it can be extended to include custom property data
through the APED (Aspen Properties Enterprise Database) feature.
Aspen Properties Mobile is a small-footprint application. The calculation
engine and property database is hosted on a dedicated server owned and
maintained by your enterprise (private cloud). A very light client application is
installed on the end-users mobile device. The client application can be
downloaded directly from Apples App StoreSM.
Mobile access provides a quick and easy way to get physical property data
when and where you need it at a customer site, in a conference room, from
home, on the road anywhere where you can remotely access your corporate
network.

Features
Aspen Properties Mobile V7.3 provides the following features:
View and compare static properties (such as molecular weight and critical
constants) of pure components.
Calculate and compare thermophysical and transport properties of pure
components using any of several property methods
Display property results in tables and interactive plots.
Use any pure-component database available to Aspen Properties, including
the Aspen Pure Component Database, the NIST Database, and in-house
databanks you install with the Aspen Properties Enterprise Database.

Compatibility Notes
Aspen Properties Mobile V7.3 cannot be installed on the same computer at
the same time as Aspen Properties Mobile V7.2.1. Both versions provide the
same features.

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Aspen Custom Modeler


Product Description
Aspen Custom Modeler enables you to quickly create custom models to
incorporate your companys unique expertise and knowledge, enabling you to
fully leverage the benefits of process simulation throughout your company.
Aspen Custom Modeler is designed to enable the quick and easy development
and deployment of custom process models. Aspen Custom Modeler models
can be used within AspenTechs other simulation tools, such as Aspen Plus,
Aspen HYSYS, Aspen PIMS, and Aspen Plus Dynamics, making innovation fully
available and part of standard process design and operations studies. This
enables you to fully leverage your existing models, and helps to ensure
consistency of simulation results.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Faster opening of simulations.
Control of access to model libraries.
Process flowsheet shortcut keys.
Automation interface for Active Models.
Find Objects across hierarchies.
The following features have been removed:
Support for the Aspen Custom Modeler Document file (.acmd) format.
The Aspen Custom Modeler Language (.acmf) file format is the preferred
format for saving simulations.
Support for client/server operation, with the client and server software
running on separate PCs. Technologies such as Terminal Server or Citrix
are the preferred way to access Aspen Custom Modeler running on a
server computer.

Faster Opening of Simulations


The time to open simulations has been reduced by up to 50%. The reduction
is greatest for simulations that have large numbers of blocks, or blocks with
large numbers of submodels. This is in addition to the up to 30% reduction in
time to open simulations in V7.2.

Control of Access to Model Libraries


A new feature has been added to enable developers of Aspen Custom Modeler
model libraries to control who can use these libraries. This protects the value
and intellectual property in these libraries, while enabling distribution to
collaborators and customers.
For more details look up ATLICENCE in the index of the online help.

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Process flowsheet shortcut keys


Shortcut keys are available to make it easier to navigate the process
flowsheet diagram. These were an undocumented feature in previous
releases. For more details see the online help topic How To View a Flowsheet.

Automation interface for Active Models


A new OLE automation method has been added to enable the Active Model
feature to be accessed through the automation interface.
For more details look up CreateActiveModel in the index of the online help.

Find Objects across Hierarchies


The existing Find Objects dialog has been extended to enable searching for
objects within all hierarchy blocks as well as the main flowsheet. It can
optionally search a single flowsheet, a hierarchical sub-tree or the entire
simulation. You can also use filtering with wildcards to narrow down the
search.
For more details see the online help topic How To, Building Flowsheets, Find
Blocks or Streams in a Large Flowsheet.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Custom Modeler V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as
previous versions of Aspen Custom Modeler. However, note the following
compatibility issues when upgrading your existing simulations to V7.3:
The Export Compiled Flowsheet command lets to create a dll containing a
compiled form of an Aspen Custom Modeler flowsheet, and to use this
flowsheet in Aspen Plus. If you used this feature in a version before V7.0,
the compiled flowsheet may not run in Aspen Plus V7.3. You will need to
export the flowsheet again in Aspen Custom Modeler V7.3 before you can
use it in Aspen Plus.
If possible we recommend that you use the more powerful Model export
capability rather than continue to use Flowsheet export. Model export
enables the model configuration to be changed within Aspen Plus. Also
exported models can be used in HYSYS, Aspen Dynamics and PIMS.
Exported flowsheets can only be used in Aspen Plus.
The ImpEuler (11.1), VSIE (11.1) and Gear (11.1) integrators were old
implementations that have been superseded by the Implicit Euler and
Gear integrators that were introduced in the 12.1 release. They were
included in the 12.1, 2004 and 2004.1 versions to give time for transition
of existing simulations to the new integrators. These integrators have
been withdrawn from version 2006 and later. If you load a simulation that
uses one of these integrators it will automatically switch to using the
equivalent newer integrator, and will select option and tolerance values
that match the old integrator as closely as possible.
ACM Language (.acmf) files generated using previous versions of Aspen
Custom Modeler are compatible with V7.3. You may see some warning
messages when loading .acmf files created with previous versions. This is
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a result of some solver options that have become obsolete or have been
renamed. Saving the file from version V7.3 eliminates these warnings.
ACM Document (.acmd) files exported from previous versions of Aspen
Custom Modeler cannot be loaded in V7.3. Load these files into the
previous version and export them as .acmf files, which can then be loaded
into version V7.3.
ACM Library (.acml) files generated from previous releases of Aspen
Custom Modeler cannot be loaded in V7.3. Load the source .acmf version
of these files into V7.3 and regenerate the library file.
Aspen Plus .appdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen Plus are not
compatible with Aspen Custom Modeler V7.3 and higher. If you try to load
a physical properties file (.appdf) that was generated using an earlier
version of Aspen Plus, the following error message appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "x.appdf'
This file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Plus.
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Custom Modeler before loading any
further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .appdf file using
Aspen Plus V7.3.
Aspen Properties .aprpdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen
Properties are not compatible with Aspen Custom Modeler V7.3 and
higher. If you try to load a physical properties file (.aprpdf) that was
generated using an earlier version of Aspen Properties, the following error
message appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "x.aprpdf'
This file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Properties.
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Custom Modeler before loading any
further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .aprpdf file
using Aspen Properties V7.3.
To avoid this issue in future we recommend that you embed the Aspen
Properties .aprbkp file within your Aspen Custom Modeler simulation. To
do this, within Aspen Custom Modeler, in Simulation Explorer go to
Component Lists | Configure Properties and click Import Aspen
Properties file.
To correct an error that caused under-specification of PDE problems that
have complex boundary conditions, it has been necessary to change the
way that PDE boundary conditions are specified. In releases before V7.2 it
was necessary to define a boundary condition using a contiguous set of
nodes at the boundary, for example:
T([1:X.EndNode-1], 0) = 0.0;
T(0, [0:Y.EndNode]) = 0.0;
From V7.2 onwards, it is necessary to write boundary conditions using the
interior set, for example:
T(X.Interior, 0) = 0.0;
T(0, [0] + Y.Interior + Y.EndNode) = 0.0;

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This change excludes node boundaries from the boundary condition. These
are now calculated from the other boundary values, and should not be
specified.
This change will only affect simulations that use 2-D or 3-D distributions,
and either one of the orthogonal collocation methods or one of the finite
difference methods with multiple sections. These simulations will be
overspecified if this change is not made. Other PDE simulations will
continue to work without the need for any changes.
The Automation Method Name() for the Variable object has changed. In
V7.1 and earlier it returned the full path of the variable which was the
same behavior as the GetFullPath() method. In V7.2 and later it returns
the name of the variable relative to its parent model or port. Check all
your scripts and VB programs where you may have used this method to
make sure that this change does not cause any problems.
The Homotopy option of the Standard non-linear solver was removed in
V7.2. Any simulations that use this option will automatically run with the
option switched off in Aspen Custom Modeler V7.2 and later.
Aspen Plus V7.3 will no longer support ACM models that were exported
from ACM prior to version 2004.1. If you have exported model MSI files
created prior to ACM 2004.1, you must re-export them in ACM 2004.1 or a
later version and re-install them into Aspen Plus. Re-exporting these
models in ACM V7.3 will have the added benefit of resolving known
defects or performance problems with these older models.
In V7.2 and earlier, when the Run, Step and Restart automation methods
were called the associated OnRun, OnStep and OnRestart scripts
were not run. They were only run when you ran these commands
interactively from the menus or toolbar. From V7.3, by default, these
scripts will be run when you use these automation methods. You can keep
the old behavior by adding an additional optional argument in the call to
these methods with a value of False.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Model Runner


Product Description
Aspen Model Runner enables you to distribute completed simulation models
within your company and to your customers and collaborators. Aspen Model
Runner provides control over changes to the model and protects the
intellectual property within the model.
To use it, export your simulation from Aspen Custom Modeler as an Aspen
Model Runner simulation. The contents of the simulation file are encrypted to
prevent viewing or editing of the contents.
You then distribute the Aspen Model Runner file to the end user. The end user
needs to install and license Aspen Model Runner. They can then open and run
the simulation. Within Aspen Model Runner, they can use all of the Aspen
Custom Modeler features relevant to running a simulation, but they cannot
edit the simulation or view the content of the models.
Aspen Model Runner also supports Aspen Plus Dynamics (Aspen Dynamics)
simulations. It is also supported by Aspen Simulation Workbook, which can be
used to develop a customized user interface for your simulation.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Faster opening of simulations.
Process flowsheet shortcut keys.
Find Objects across hierarchies.

Faster Opening of Simulations


The time to open simulations has been reduced by up to 50%. The reduction
is greatest for simulations that have large numbers of blocks, or blocks with
large numbers of submodels. This is in addition to the up to 30% reduction in
time to open simulations in V7.2.

Process flowsheet shortcut keys


Shortcut keys are available to make it easier to navigate the process
flowsheet diagram. These were an undocumented feature in previous
releases. For more details see the online help topic How To, View a Flowsheet.

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Find Objects across Hierarchies


The existing Find Objects dialog has been extended to enable searching for
objects within all hierarchy blocks as well as the main flowsheet. It can
optionally search a single flowsheet, a hierarchical sub-tree or the entire
simulation. You can also use filtering with wildcards to narrow down the
search.
For more details see the online help topic How To, Building Flowsheets, Find
Blocks or Streams in a Large Flowsheet.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


If your Aspen Model Runner simulation uses an ACM Library (.acml) file
generated from a previous release of Aspen Custom Modeler, the
simulation cannot be loaded in V7.3. The author of the simulation should
load the source .acmf file for the library into Aspen Custom Modeler V7.3
and regenerate the library file.
Aspen Plus .appdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen Plus are not
compatible with Aspen Model Runner V7.3 and higher. If you try to load a
physical properties file (.appdf) that was generated using an earlier
version of Aspen Plus, the following error message appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "x.appdf'
This file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Plus.
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Model Runner before loading any
further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .appdf file using
Aspen Plus V7.3.

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Aspen Properties .aprpdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen


Properties are not compatible with Aspen Model Runner V7.3 and higher.
If you try to load a physical properties file (.aprpdf) that was generated
using an earlier version of Aspen Properties, the following error message
appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "x.aprpdf'
This file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Properties.
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Model Runner before loading any
further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .aprpdf file
using Aspen Properties V7.3.
To avoid this issue in future we recommend that the author of the
simulation embed the Aspen Properties .aprbkp file within your simulation.
To do this, within Aspen Custom Modeler, in Simulation Explorer go to
Component Lists | Configure Properties and click Import Aspen
Properties file.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Plus Dynamics (formerly


Aspen Dynamics)
Product Description
Aspen Plus Dynamics complements the steady-state simulation capabilities of
Aspen Plus, and delivers the benefits of dynamic modeling to the
Petrochemicals, Chemicals, and Specialty Chemicals industries throughout
plant operation and engineering organizations. You can use it to study and
understand the dynamics of real plant operations, thereby achieving
increased operability, safety, and productivity.
Aspen Plus Dynamics is closely integrated with other AspenTech products.
With Aspen Plus Dynamics you can transform an Aspen Plus steady-state
simulation into a rigorous dynamic simulation within a few minutes. You can
also use Aspen Custom Modeler to customize the Aspen Plus Dynamics
models.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
New Heat Transfer option <Constant process temperature>.
Global upper/lower limits of Temperature.
Faster opening of simulations.

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Process flowsheet shortcut keys.


Automation interface for Active Models.
Find Objects across hierarchies.
The following features have been removed:
Support for the Aspen Plus Dynamics Document file (.dynd) format. The
Aspen Plus Dynamics Language (.dynf) file format is the preferred format
for saving simulations.
Support for client/server operation, with the client and server software
running on separate PCs. Technologies such as Terminal Server or Citrix
are the preferred way to access Aspen Plus Dynamic running on a server
computer.

New Heat Transfer option <Constant process


temperature>
When Instantaneous mode is selected, Flash2, Flash3 and Heater models
offer a new heat transfer option called Constant process temperature. When
you select this option in the Aspen Plus user interface for the model block
(Dynamic|Heat Transfer), the exported dynamic model will specify Process
Temperature (T) instead of Duty (Qr), and the user can access the process
temperature (which is identical to flash temperature) directly in Aspen Plus
Dynamics.

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Global upper/lower limits of Temperature


Aspen Plus Dynamics uses the global parameters T_max and T_min as
temperature lower and upper bounds. These values are now automatically set
to match the values specified in Aspen Plus on the Setup | Simulation
Options | Flash Convergence form). This ensures consistency, and avoids
the need to manually change the values in Aspen Plus Dynamics unless much
higher or lower values are expected in the dynamic simulation.

Aspen Plus user interface (Setup|Simulation Option|Flash Convergence,


Lower/Upper limits).

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Aspen Plus Dynamics Global Parameters T_max/T_min (in Celsius UOM)

Faster opening of simulations


The time to open simulations has been reduced by up to 50%. The reduction
is greatest for simulations that have large numbers of blocks, or blocks with
large numbers of submodels. This is in addition to the up to 30% reduction in
time to open simulations in V7.2.

Process Flowsheet shortcut keys


Shortcut keys are available to make it easier to navigate the process
flowsheet diagram. These were an undocumented feature in previous
releases. Look in the View a Flowsheet topic in Aspen Custom Modeler
online help for more details.

Automation interface for Active Models


A new OLE automation method has been added to enable the Active Model
feature to be accessed through the automation interface.

Find Objects across Hierarchies


The existing Find Objects dialog has been extended to enable searching for
objects within all hierarchy blocks as well as the main flowsheet. It can
optionally search a single flowsheet, a hierarchical sub-tree or the entire
simulation. You can also use filtering with wildcards to narrow down the
search.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as
previous versions of Aspen Plus Dynamics. However, note the following
compatibility issues when upgrading your existing simulations to V7.3.

Issues upgrading from V7.2 or earlier


In V7.2 and earlier, when the Run, Step and Restart automation methods
were called the associated OnRun, OnStep and OnRestart scripts
were not run. They were only run when you ran these commands interactively
from the menus or toolbar. From V7.3, by default, these scripts will be run
when you use these automation methods. You can keep the old behavior by
adding an additional optional argument in the call to these methods with a
value of False.

Issues upgrading from Version 2004.1 or earlier


This topic applies to problems you may encounter when opening dynamic
simulations created using 2004.1 or earlier versions of the software.
RStoic and RYield CSTR option Run Upgrade script for each old snapshot
In 2004.1 or earlier versions, CSTR option was modeled by mixing the feed
streams into a dynamic vessel. The mixed output of the vessel was then fed
into an instantaneous adiabatic reactor. In Version 2006 and later, the
dynamic vessel follows the instantaneous reaction so that the products from
the reactor are at the same conditions as the dynamic vessel. Thus, when
opening an existing dynamic simulation in 2006 or later versions, the vessel is
initialized at the feed conditions, but in order to reach steady state, the tank
conditions must change to the product conditions.
We have provided an Upgrade script which operates on all RStoic and RYield
models in the flowsheet (including those in hierarchies) calculating the initial
of the vessel using the results from the older simulation. Run the script prior
to performing an Initialization run so that the script can use the results from
the previous simulation. You can also run the script immediately after
applying a snapshot saved from the existing simulation. Invoke the script by
double-clicking Upgrade in the scripts folder of the Aspen Plus Dynamics
library.
RGibbs does not support the CSTR option you can add a dynamic Mixer
block to simulate a tank.
In 2004.1 or earlier versions, RGibbs supported the CSTR option. As with
RStoic and RYield this option was modeled by mixing the feed streams into a
dynamic vessel, the mixed output of the vessel was then fed into an
instantaneous adiabatic reactor. The CSTR option has been withdrawn from
RGibbs in Version 2006. If you wish to model an RGibbs reactor dynamically,
add a mixer to the product stream(s) and specify the mixer vessel geometry
on its dynamic form.
Flash2 does not use the Out_Relief port

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The ports in Flash2 have changed as follows:

In Version 2004.1 or earlier

In Version 2006 and later

Out_V (vapor port only 1 stream)

1 or more streams allowed

Out_L (liquid port only 1 stream)

1 or more streams allowed

Out_WD (Water decant port 0 or more


streams allowed)

No change

Out_Relief (Vapor relief port 0 or many


streams allowed)

Not supported

In Version 2006 and later, the Out_Relief port was removed which made it
possible to connect multiple streams to the Out_V port to connect to relief
devices. It is also now possible to connect multiple streams to the Out_L port.
The Out_Relief port is still included in the model allowing simulations that
used the Out_Relief port to load correctly, but the problem will be
underspecified. Users must reconnect relief streams from the Out_Relief port
to the Out_V port in order to be able to run the simulation.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Adsorption (formerly


Aspen Adsim)
Product Description
Aspen Adsorption is a comprehensive flowsheet simulator developed for the
design, simulation, optimization, and analysis of adsorption processes.
It enables you to:
Simulate a wide and varied range of industrial gas adsorption processes.
Develop and identify optimal adsorbents, design better adsorption cycles
and improve plant operations.

New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in this release:
Inventory calculation for the gas_bed model.
Faster opening of simulations.
Process flowsheet shortcut keys.

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The following features have been removed:


Support for the Aspen Adsorption Document file (.adb) format. The Aspen
Adsorption Language (.ada) file format is the preferred format for saving
simulations.
Support for client/server operation, with the client and server software
running on separate PCs. Technologies such as Terminal Server or Citrix
are the preferred way to access Aspen Adsorption running on a server
computer.

Inventory calculation for gas_bed model


Two new array variables are available in the results table of the Gas_bed
model.
o

BedAdsorbedInventory(componentlist): holdup of components in all


adsorbent layers.

BedGasInventory(componentlist): total holdup of components in the


gas phase.

The results table for each layer contains the holdup in the layer: array
variable AdsorbedInventory(componentlist).

Faster opening of simulations


The time to open simulations has been reduced by up to 50%. The reduction
is greatest for simulations that have large numbers of blocks, or blocks with
large numbers of submodels. This is in addition to the up to 30% reduction in
time to open simulations in V7.2.

Process Flowsheet shortcut keys


Shortcut keys are available to make it easier to navigate the process
flowsheet diagram. These were an undocumented feature in previous
releases. Look in the View a Flowsheet topic in the Aspen Custom Modeler
online help for more details.

Compatibility Notes
Aspen Adsorption V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as V7.2.
and other previous versions of Aspen Adsorption. However, please note the
following compatibility issues when upgrading your existing simulations to
V7.3:
The Export Compiled Flowsheet command lets you create a dll
containing a compiled form of an Aspen Adsorption flowsheet, and to use
this flowsheet in Aspen Plus. If you used this feature in a version before
V7.0, the compiled flowsheet may not run in Aspen Plus V7.3. You will
need to export the flowsheet again in Aspen Adsorption V7.3 before you
can use it in Aspen Plus.

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The ImpEuler (11.1), VSIE (11.1) and Gear (11.1) integrators were old
implementations that have been superseded by the Implicit Euler and
Gear integrators that were introduced in the 12.1 release. They were
included in the 12.1, 2004 and 2004.1 versions to give time for transition
of existing simulations to the new integrators. These integrators have
been withdrawn from version 2006 and later. If you load a simulation that
uses one of these integrators it will automatically switch to using the
equivalent newer integrator, and will select option and tolerance values
that match the old integrator as closely as possible.
Aspen Adsorption Language (.ada) files generated using previous versions
of Aspen Adsorption are compatible with V7.3. You may see some warning
messages when loading .ada files created with previous versions. This is a
result of some solver options that have become obsolete or have been
renamed. Saving the file in Aspen Adsorption V7.3 eliminates these
warnings.
Aspen Adsorption Document (.adb) files exported from previous versions
of Aspen Adsorption cannot be loaded in version V7.3. Load these files
into the version they were saved from and export them as .ada files,
which can then be loaded into V7.3.
Aspen Plus .appdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen Plus and
Aspen Properties .aprpdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen
Properties are not compatible with Aspen Adsorption V7.3. If you try to
load a physical properties file (.appdf or .aprpdf) that was generated
using an earlier version, an error message such as the following appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "n2psa.appdf"
The file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Plus
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Adsorption before loading any
further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .appdf or
.aprpdf file using Aspen Plus or Aspen Properties V7.3.
To avoid this issue in future we recommend that you embed the Aspen
Properties .aprbkp file within your Aspen Adsorption simulation. To do
this, within Aspen Adsorption, in Simulation Explorer go to Component
Lists | Configure Properties and click Import Aspen Properties file.
The Automation Method Name() for the Variable object has changed. It
used to return the full path of the variable which was the same behavior
as the GetFullPath() method. It is now changed to return the name of the
variable relative to its parent model or port. Check all your scripts and VB
programs where you may have used this method to make sure that this
change does not cause any problems.
In V7.2 and earlier, when the Run, Step, and Restart automation methods
were called the associated OnRun, OnStep and OnRestart scripts were not
run. They were only run when you ran these commands interactively from
the menus or toolbar. From V7.3, by default, these scripts will be run
when you use these automation methods. You can keep the old behavior
by adding an additional optional argument in the call to these methods
with a value of False.

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The Estimation Module formerly accessible through the Tools menu is


no longer supported and has been removed. This feature has long been
replaced with the Modeler products Estimation Tool. If you have an old
simulation file that uses the Estimation Module you can use the supplied
library script Convert_EstMod to transfer the information in your
estimation case defined in the Estimation Module to the Estimation Tools
also accessible from the Tools menu.
To convert from using the Estimation Module to the Estimation Tool,
open your simulation in a version earlier than V7.3, then use the script
Convert_EstMod located in the Aspen Adsorption library Script folder.
To use the script:
1. Open the input file you want to convert.
2.

Double-click the script in the library.

3. After the script has converted the data, the Estimation Module block
disappears from the flowsheet.
4. To view the experimental data, from the Tools menu click Estimation,
to access the new estimation system.
5. Save the input file.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Utilities Planner


Product Description
Aspen Utilities Planner is a tool for optimizing fuel, steam, and power
processes. These utility processes often represent significant operating costs,
sometimes second only to the purchase of raw materials.
In Aspen Utilities Planner, a single rigorous model of the utilities system is
used to address all the important business processes associated with the
purchase, generation, use, and distribution of utilities on industrial sites. This
approach ensures that all decisions are made on the same basis, and are
therefore mutually consistent and compatible.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


Significant performance improvements were made to optimization runs. A test
case involving multi-period simultaneous optimization completed over four
times faster than before.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Reaction Modeler


Product Description
Aspen Reaction Modeler enables you to identify reaction kinetics models using
experimental measurements from reaction calorimeters. Key features of
Aspen Reaction modeler are:
An easy to use user interface that fully supports the model identification
workflow and enables easy copying of experimental data from Excel.
Powerful numerical solvers for finding the best fit to your data.
Kinetic models consistent with other AspenTech products such as Aspen
Plus, Aspen Plus Dynamics and Aspen Batch Distillation, enabling you to
use the fitted parameters directly within these products.
Use of Aspen Properties for estimating physical properties required for the
model identification process. Using the exact same physical property
methods and data that you use when running reactor simulations in other
AspenTech tools ensures consistency of results.
Aspen Reaction Modeler is included as part of Aspen Batch Distillation. It can
also be used by licensees of Aspen BatchCAD. When you run Aspen Reaction
Modeler, it looks for an Aspen Batch Distillation license, and if it can find one,
it uses this license. If it cannot find one, it looks for an Aspen BatchCAD
license and uses that license. If neither license is found, Aspen Reaction
Modeler does not start.
Aspen Reaction Modeler includes access to Aspen Properties for physical
property calculations and does not require a separate Aspen Properties
license. For systems which contain new molecules that are not included in the
Aspen Properties databanks, you have the option to estimate properties using
a simpler method that only requires basic data such as density and heat
capacity.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release of Aspen Reaction
Modeler.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen HYSYS
Product Description
Aspen HYSYS is AspenTechs process modeling tool for steady-state
simulation, design, performance monitoring, optimization, and business
planning for the oil and gas production, gas processing, and petroleum
refining industries. Aspen HYSYS is built upon proven technologies, and more
than 30 years of experience supplying process simulation tools to the oil and
gas and refining industries. It provides an intuitive and interactive process
modeling solution that enables engineers to create steady-state models for
plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, operational
improvement, business planning, and asset management.
Aspen HYSYS offers significant advancement in simulation technology. As with
every AspenTech product, it reflects our commitment to delivering Process
Asset Lifecycle Management within a platform that is the world leader in ease
of use and flexibility and sets the standard for an open engineering
environment.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


The following new features and enhancements were added to the following
general areas in this release.
Simulation Basis and Property Improvements.
Enhancements to HYSYS-Aspen Properties Interface.
New HYSYS Start Page.
Equation Based Modeling.
New Green House Gas Emissions Reporting.
Rate-Based Distillation Simulation in HYSYS.
Better Accessibility to Templates.
Better Accessibility to HYSYS Extensions.
New Report Capabilities.
Direct Links from HYSYS to Aspen Energy Analyzer.
New Options Dialog Box for Costing in HYSYS.

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Improved High Pressure Results from Hydrate Formation Utility.


Enhancements to Depressuring Utility.
Heat Transfer Operations.
Distillation Operation Enhancements.
Other Unit Operation and Utility Enhancements.

Simulation Basis and Property Improvements


New Binary Parameters for the SRK Property Package
Twenty additional pairs of binary parameters for the SRK property package
are listed below.
Methane-Methanol

Ar-Eglycol

H2S-TEG

Propylene-Eglycol

n-Butane-Eglycol

Methane-Eglycol

O2-CO2

Ethylene-Eglycol

Propane-Methanol

i-Butane-Methanol

N2-Methanol

CO2-TEG

Ethane-Methanol

Propane-Eglycol

i-Butane-Eglycol

Ar-H2O

H2S-Methanol

Ethane-Eglycol

n-Butane-Methanol

H2O-Eglycol

Ethylene Glycol

New Method for Liquid Thermal Conductivity


There is a new option for liquid phase thermal conductivity calculation for PRtype EOS packages1 and Chao-Seader type packages2 to let you select the
method API 12A3.2-1 or API 12A1.2-1. In the Fluid Package Setup view
Parameters tab, make the selection using the Thermal Conductivity
parameter.
The default method is API 12A3.2-1, which is the current API recommended
method. The API 12A1.2-1 method is based on an older API method and is
retained for upward compatibility.
1 Glycol Package, Peng-Robinson, PR-Twu, Sour PR, Sour SRK, SRK, SRKTwu, Twu-Sim-Tassone
2 Chao Seader, Grayson Streed

New Method for Liquid Density


There is a new option for predicting liquid density based on the Rackett model
(API 6A2.3, 9th edition) for several equation of state and activity based
property packages, specifically Chao Seader, Chien Null, Extended NRTL,
General NRTL, Glycol Package, Grayson Streed, Kabadi-Danner, NRTL, PengRobinson, PR-Twu, PRSV, Sour PR, Sour SRK, SRK, SRK-Twu, Twu-SimTassone, UNIQUAC, and Wilson.

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New Method for Surface Tension


There is a new option for prediction of surface tension based on the API
procedure 10A3.2. The packages affected are Chao Seader, Glycol Package,
Grayson Streed, Peng-Robinson, PR-Twu, PRSV, Sour PR, Sour SRK, SRK,
SRK-Twu, and Twu-Sim-Tassone.

Improved Indexed Viscosity Prediction


The index-based viscosity method has been improved as well as made
applicable for several additional property packages.

Improved DBR Amine Package


The DBR Amine Package has been improved to better handle:
Flash calculations of DEPG mixtures.
Flash calculations of material streams with zero amine.
Reaction models of MDEA and carbon dioxide mixtures.
Support for five additional components: 1,2 butadiene, 1,3 butadiene, 2,2
MBUTANE, 2-MPENTANE and 2,4 MPENTANE.

New Phase Identification Method


In earlier versions, the method used to identify the state of the phases
resulting from flash calculations was based on the work of Poling and
Prausnitz1. This method uses the isothermal compressibility to identify the
state or phase type.
In HYSYS V7.3, a new phase identification method based on the work of
Pasad, Venkatarathnam, and Oellrich2 was implemented. The new method
was shown to be more reliable than the existing method and was therefore
implemented for the following property packages: Peng-Robinson, SRK,
Glycol Package, PR-Twu, SRK-Twu, Twu-Sim-Tassone, Sour PR and Sour SRK.
Use the Fluid Package Setup View | Parameters Tab | Phase
Identification parameter to select one of the two choices. The original
method (Poling-Prausnitz) is now called the Default method. The new method
is called Vankatarathnam-Oellrich.
1 B.E. Poling and J.M. Prausnitz, Thermodynamic properties from a cubic
equation of state: avoiding trivial roots and spurious derivatives, Industrial
and Engineering Chemistry Process Design and Development, 20(1) (1981)
127-130.
2 G.V. Pasad and G. Venkatarathnam , A method for avoiding trivial roots in
isothermal flash calculations using cubic equations of state, Ind. Engg.
Chem. Res. 38 (1999) 3530-3534.

Dense Phase Tuning Factor


In HYSYS V7.2 the option Dense Phase Tuning was implemented for PR-type
EOS packages. In V7.3 this option was extended to MBWR and BWRS
property packages.

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Enhancements to the HYSYS - Aspen Properties


Interface
Edit a component list created by importing a .bkp file.
Convert a HYSYS component list to an Aspen Properties component list.
Aspen Properties Gibbs flash algorithm is available on the Phase Handling
tab of the fluid package view.
Aspen Properties flash parameters (such as tolerance, maximum number
of iterations, temperature and pressure limits) are available on the Phase
Handling tab of the fluid package view.
Reaction parameter changes optimized allowing HYSYS to run case studies
on reactors efficiently.
Using Gibbs energy calculated from Aspen Properties results in more
accurate reaction equilibrium calculations.
Automatically convert an existing case that is using a HYSYS Fluid
Package to a case which can use an Aspen Properties Fluid Package. (This
conversion only happens when a corresponding Aspen Properties Property
Package is available for the selected HYSYS Property Package.)

New HYSYS Start Page


When you start HYSYS, you will see the new HYSYS Start Page, which
provides important updates about products, events, and training materials.
The Start Page can be configured to pull in RSS feeds that you choose, in
addition to the default feeds from Aspen Technology.

Enhancements to HYSYS EO
Recalling cases in equation-oriented modeling is much faster: The
enhancement was tested with two online customer cases to show the
performance was 3-4 times faster.
Solver has been modified to let you seamlessly browse into and out of EO
flowsheets, while in SM or EO mode. Earlier versions would display a
message pop up and put the solver on hold.
New True to Apparent Transition handles transfer of stream values
across the EO flowsheet to Main Flowsheet boundary.
Corrections to enthalpy on Feed streams correctly handle mass enthalpy
balance on downstream block.

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Absorber template is made available on the main flowsheet and allows you
to select and drop Rate Based Distillation UO on the main flowsheet.
Correct handling of pass thru streams, to automatically expose and
connect the right inlet port to the upstream block.
Measurements initialization values are retained upon resynchronization:
Earlier versions provided a work around through the Presolve2 scripting
handle, which is still available.

New Green House Gas Emissions Reporting


The new Aspen HYSYS Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Calculations,
accessed through the Process Utility Manager, let process engineers estimate
the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a process. Two sources of GHG
emissions are considered:
Direct generation of greenhouse gasses from within the process: Process
engineers can evaluate the carbon equivalents (CO2e) generated by the
process, and use this information to make more informed design
decisions.
Indirect generation resulting from process utilities including heating and
cooling.
In addition, process engineers can use GHG calculations to check the capture
efficiency of various chemical and physical solvents. Specifically, you can use
a system property to calculate the loading of acid gases (CO2 and H2S)
within pure or mixed solvents.

Rate-Based Distillation Simulation in HYSYS


Rate-based distillation calculations are a cornerstone of modeling important
processes like CO2 capture and H2S removal from acid gas streams. HYSYS
V7.3 contains the following enhancements to support Rate-Based distillation:
Several new sample cases illustrating the use of Rate-Based Distillation to
model the removal of CO2 and/or H2S from acid gas streams using
amines (MEA, MDEA, DEA, MEA+MDEA, DEA+MDEA) have been provided.
A RateBased Column operation is now available in the object palette.
This operation enables a Rate-Based distillation column (which can model
ionic systems found in amine-based acid gas cleaning) to be executed
downstream/upstream of other HYSYS unit operations.
A new transition called True To Apparent has been added to facilitate
consistent transfer of data from the RateBased Column which calculates
True composition in terms of individual ions and downstream unit
operations which use apparent compositions.

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Better Accessibility to Templates


A template is a collection of streams and unit operations organized as a
flowsheet that is saved as either a .TPL or a .HFL file. Once saved, this black
box flowsheet can be included as a subflowsheet object within any larger
HYSYS case.
New templates available with V7.3 include: Rate-based distillation column
configurations, and key process configurations commonly found on oil & gas
separation facilities (e.g., gas sweetening, gas dehydration, crude oil
stabilization).
Also in V7.3, templates are more easily accessible, by means of a new
Flowsheet menu item, a Sub-flowsheets filter in the Unit Operations selector
view, and a Templates icon on the main toolbar.

Better Accessibility to HYSYS Extensions


HYSYS Support personnel have developed many useful extensions over the
years to model unique unit operations, link to third party tools, or provide
unique property calculations or data sets. Some are already included within
Aspen HYSYS (e.g., OLGA link, PIPESYS link, Clean Fuels Property Package.)
Others can be downloaded from the Customer Support web site.
HYSYS V7.3 makes important extensions more obvious to HYSYS users. They
can be added from the Unit Operations selection view, or from a fly out menu
on the unit operations toolbar.

More Visible and Updated Library of Example


Cases
Example cases are now easily accessible from the new Files | Example
Cases menu, and include some new cases, including a Hydrocracker, a
Reformer and a Catcracker.
These are the additional sample and support files made available with V7.3:

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Sample Filename

Description

BlackOilStreamBulkProperties.hsc

Demonstrates the HYSYS Blackoil stream


functionality using bulk properties for oil
stream and gas composition

BlackOilStreamWithPetroleumProperties.hsc

Demonstrates the HYSYS Blackoil stream


functionality using library assay for oil
stream and gas composition

FCC And Gas Plant.hsc

Demonstrates the FCC unit and


downstream separation plant model

Petroleum Column.HSC

Demonstrates the simulation and


calibration of petroleum column

REFSYS CDU DEMO BACKBLENDED


ASSAY.HSC

Demonstrates the crude distillation unit


model using back blended assay

HydrocrackerProductTransition.hsc

Demonstrates the Hydroprocessor


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Sample Filename

Description
Transition which converts the data from
hydrocracker componentlist based stream
to regular assay componentlist based
stream

AssayWithDifferentLightEndsBasis.hsc

Demonstrates the new stream macrocut


functionality where distillation and light
ends data for assay are in different basis

FCC_w_Hydrotreater.hsc

Demonstrates modeling a FCC


hydrotreater using the HBED models
sending effluent to the FCC.

Naphtha Complex.hsc

Demonstrates modeling a naphtha


complex including detailed models for the
reformer and the isomerization units.

Hydrotreater model (short-cut).hsc

Demonstrates modeling a hydrotreater


using a petroleum shift reactor (short cut
model).

Refinery-wide model.hsc

Demonstrates modeling a refinery wide


flowsheet using petroleum shift reactors.

New Report Capabilities


Quick Case Report File
The new Case Report file combines the Input Summary and the Output
Summary files in one quickly generated text file. To generate the file, just
click the Case Report icon on the main toolbar which opens the report
manager view, ensure that the default Full Report option is selected and
then click the Create button.

New Report Templates for Report Manager


Selective reports through the Report Manager are also simplified. You can
quickly generate reports of all streams, distillation profiles for distillation
columns, and heat curves of all Heat Exchangers in a case, selecting from
several predefined format settings on the Report Manager UI.

New Excel Report Templates


You can use HYSYS workbook templates to generate quick Excel reports.
Default templates are provided to generate Excel reports containing stream
properties, conditions, composition, and so on for HYSYS and HYSYS
Petroleum Refining cases. A template is also available to capture the heat
profiles of all heating and cooling operations in the case into Excel files. You
can also create custom templates according to your requirements.
The Generate the Excel reports feature is accessed through an option
available in the report manager or through the Tools | Excel Reports option
on the menu.

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Direct Links from HYSYS to Aspen Energy


Analyzer
Launching Aspen Energy Analyzer from the Aspen HYSYS flowsheet simulation
environment is now easily done by clicking on the Transfer to Energy
Analyzer icon located in the main window bar. Process integration data from
the Aspen HYSYS simulation is automatically transferred to the Aspen Energy
Analyzer HI Project environment. You can select from which subflowsheets
data will be transferred to further narrow the scope of the energy analysis.
Once data transfer is completed, an Aspen Energy Analyzer file (extension
.hch) is saved under the same name and in the same location as the original
HYSYS file. By switching to the open Aspen Energy Analyzer window, the
results of the Pinch Analysis for Minimum Energy Consumption together with
heat exchanger network benchmarking are shown. Further use of readily
available Aspen Energy Analysis additional tools and features is then possible.

New Options Dialog Box for Costing in HYSYS


Use the new Simulation | Costing Options dialog box to specify a costing
template (*.izt) for an Economic Analyzer Scenario. The templates specify
region and national units of measure - EU_IP, EU_Metric etc.
You also specify certain general time settings: Operating Life of the Plant,
Length of Plant Startup, Start Date of basic Engineering, the Operational Year.

Heat Transfer Operations


HYSYS Fired Heater link to EDR Fired Heater Model
Previously, in steady-state HYSYS, fired heaters could be handled using
simple steady-state fired heater model based on a specified fuel efficiency
and energy balance. The new EDR to Fired Heater extends this capability and
gives HYSYS users greater detail and accuracy in fired heater simulations. The
Fired Heater uses a zone model to calculate radiation heat transfer in the
firebox and HTFS methods for multiphase convective heat transfer and
pressure drop calculations in process streams.
When using the EDR link, you may run basic setups and simulations from the
HYSYS Fired Heater UI, or optionally launch the EDR interface from HYSYS for
more extensive editing.

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HYSYS-Plate Fin (LNG) link to EDR Plate-fin


Exchanger
Plate-fin heat exchangers are essential to many important gas separation
processes. Their ability to exchange heat between multiple streams and the
fact that they can operate with very small temperature differences is vital to
the economic operation of large-scale LNG processes, air separation, and
ethylene processing.
HYSYS users can now access detailed Plate-fin heat exchanger steady state
simulations from the EDR Plate-Fin program using the LNG exchanger unit
operation.

Wound Coil Heat Exchangers


Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities are important assets for energy
companies. In LNG plants, the cold box is often a Spiral Wound or Wound Coil
Heat Exchanger (WCHE), a large multiple-pass heat exchanger. HYSYS can
now model a WCHE through the existing LNG unit operation.
By mapping the wound coil arrangement to the equivalent plate-fin geometry
and using the same underlying model in LNG, the model predicts the axial
temperature distribution, flow rate and pressure profiles, etc. for tube side
fluids and shell side stream.
A new tab called Wound Coil is added in HYSYS LNG block to enable WCHE
configuration. You can input the appropriate information such as tube bundle
arrangement and shell properties then calculate derived plate-fin geometry.
The equivalent plate-fin configuration populates the corresponding inputs of
this LNG exchanger. You can then interact with the standard plate-fin set up.

Improved Heat Curve Reporting in all Heating and


Cooling Operations
Heat curves in the Condenser/Reboiler, Heater/Cooler, LNG, Air Cooler, and
Fired Heater are improved. When generating the heat curves, you can set up
the performance report with a full list of available properties and now control
whether:
The points are chosen based on equal temperature or equal enthalpy
intervals.
To include or exclude dew/bubble points in the curves.
The heat curve points are available for exporting to ASW, Excel reports,
Aspen Basic Engineering (ABE), and so on. There is also a quick text report
option to output the heat curve points of the above unitops in a case.

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Distillation Operation Enhancements


Multiple Fluid Packages in a Column
A column can have different fluid packages for different stages, including
the condenser and reboiler.
The new Fluid Pkgs sheet allows you to change the fluid package for
each stage.
The Change Fluid Pkgs button on the Fluid Pkgs sheet allows you to
change the fluid packages for a range of stages in one click.

Tray and Packed Column Hydraulics


The Tray Sizing Utility has undergone some major changes. Among the many
new and improved features youll find:
Addition of new packings including:
BETA rings in metal and plastic

Flexeramic 28, 48, 88

Fleximax 200, 300, 400, 700

plastic Tellerette #1, #2

plastic Flexipac 2Y

3 Flexisaddle LPD

1, 1.25, 2, 3.5 plastic Tri-Packs

metal VSP 25, 40

plastic Snowflake

metal Flexipac 1X, 1Y, 1.4X, 1.4Y, 1.6X, 1.6Y, 250X, 2X, 2Y, 2.5X, 2.5Y, 3X, 3Y, 4X, 4Y, 1YHC,
2YHC

Also:
A new representation of the classic SLE flood correlation for packings
called SLEv73.
A new Aspen-Wallis packing pressure drop/flood correlation gives very
accurate estimates without the need for system or derating factors.
The option to add a high capacity Nye tray to standard sieve and valve
trays.
Reorganized tables with expandable columns.
Export flows, physical properties, and packing/tray geometry passed
directly to KG-Tower for many Koch-Glitsch packings as well as for
standard sieve and valve trays.
Export flows and physical properties passed to Fractionation Research,
Inc. DRP design/rating program.
Tables and graphs now take into account top down or bottom up stage
numbering.
Improved mass transfer correlations for rate-based separations that use
Pall rings, metal IMTP, or sheet metal structured packings.

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Other Unit Operation and Utility Enhancements


Improved High Pressure Results from Hydrate Formation
Utility
As the need to go to deeper depths to obtain oil, the temperature and
pressure ranges of the thermodynamic models must be extended. There have
been numerous improvements to hydrate prediction models.
The Hydrate formation utility adds a new algorithm reflecting the new
research in selections for hydrate prediction;
Robinson (pre existing).
Sloan, Jager, and Ballad (new default).

Enhancements to Depressuring Utility


Close Component and Energy Balance Option is Default in Depressuring
Studies.
The selection of the Close component material and energy balance
option is now the default in all depressuring studies. This is shown in
solution 130723 of the Knowledge Base in the Support Website of the
Aspen Techs Home Page, where a first test case proves this with regard
to the material balance at the component level and a second one with
regard to the energy balance.
Experimental Verification of Depressuring Utility Predictions
Further verification of the accuracy of the predictions of the Aspen HYSYS
Depressuring Utility simulator is given at solution 130724 of the
Knowledge Base in the Support Website of the Aspen Techs Home Page,
where three test cases reproduce actual experimental setups and
successfully verify the corresponding results published in the open
literature.
The depressuring utility Property View is modified due to the importance
of selecting low Recycle Efficiencies for depressuring studies: the Recycle
Efficiency fields for each phase are now available at the Options page,
Design tab of the Property View, becoming independent of the selection of
the Heat Loss Model.

Enhanced Component Splitter Operation


The Component Splitter Unit Operation has been enhanced in HYSYS V7.3
release to offer user more flexibility and greater separation capability.
There are two Split Bases: Molar and Mass, instead of only Molar in previous
releases.
There are three Split Types: FeedFrac to Products, Fraction in Products or
Flow in Products, instead of only one type :FeedFracto Products as in
previous releases.
Splitting Factors can be specified in bottom product streams as well. These
were applied to only overhead products in previous releases.

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Through the combinations of split basis, split type and split factor
specifications on each component, you have more direct control over
compositions and flows of product streams. Therefore you can achieve a
better approximation to your proprietary or non standard separation
processes.

Valve Rating Model in Steady State


When using the Fischer Universal sizing method, you can optionally calculate
either the Delta P or Mass Flow Rate. Use the "Use sizing methods to calculate
Delta P" checkbox on the Design | Parameters page to activate the feature.
Calculation is immediate on checking or unchecking. (Steady State only.)
The Delta P or Mass Flow rate depends on Valve Opening, C1, Cv or K, and
Valve Operating Characteristics. The following scenarios are supported:
Mass Flow and P2 (downstream) are known, P1 could be calculated if fluid
is flashed;
Mass Flow and P1 (upstream) are known, P2 could be calculated if fluid is
flashed;
P1 and P2 (downstream) are known, Mass Flow could be calculated if fluid
is flashed;
P1 and Delta P are known, Mass Flow and P2 could be calculated if fluid is
flashed;
P2 and Delta P are known, Mass Flow and P1 could be calculated if fluid is
flashed;

HYSYS Pipe Segment


In the HYSYS pipe segment unit operation, you can now apply a different flow
correlation to the horizontal, vertical, and inclined segments that comprise
the pipeline. For example, you can define a single pipe operation where the
HTFS pipe flow correlation is used for horizontal pipe segments, the
Orkiszewski pipe correlation is used for vertical pipe segments, and the Beggs
and Brill correlation is used for inclined pipe segments.

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Compressor Off-Design Corrections


Several usability issues in using Compressor Off-Design Curve correction have
been fixed and the overall robustness has been improved.
HYSYS now transforms the characteristic curves which were entered as design
conditions to equivalent operating conditions based on quasi dimensionless
analysis.
Note: When Off-Design Correction is applied, HYSYS shows corrected head
curves and corrected efficiency curves in both tabular form (read-only) and in
the plots. Notice that the names of the curves are changed to easily identify
that these curves are now at corrected conditions. In this state, you are not
be allowed to modify curve data and need to switch off Off-Design Correction
to alter any curve data.
Off-Design curve correction is not applied when you have a single curve. In
this condition, fan laws are applied.

Expander Compressor Fan Law


When only a single characteristic curve is specified and the specified
compressor speed is different from the single curve speed, based on Fan Laws
HYSYS internally creates a new characteristic curve on the fly to predict
compressor discharge pressure at the specified speed. Please note that where
as we used to show this Fan Law generated curve in the compressor curve list
and on the curves plot in earlier versions of HYSYS, this internally generated
Fan Law curve is not now shown in the user interface.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Ideal Gas Cp/Cv For Relief Valve
In V7.3 onwards, when <Semi-Ideal Cp/Cv> is selected, the specific heat
ratio factor is calculated by atmospheric pressure (1 atm), while the earlier
HYSYS versions use the process gas pressures. This change could cause
differences in the result, especially when process gas pressure is very
different to the atmospheric pressure.

OLGAS Pressure Drop Differences from 2 to 10%.


These differences are the result of using the libolgas2000 dll version 6.1.2
provided by SPT. HYSYS V7.2 uses version 5.0.2 of the same dll.

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Different Correlations Can be Selected for


Different Segment Orientations
Different pipe flow correlations are allowed to be assigned to different
segment orientations (horizontal, vertical, and inclined).
The pressure drop value will change when you select different Pipe Flow
Correlations for a particular segment orientation.
If there is NOT a particular type of segment in the pipe operation, then
changing the corresponding correlation does not affect the pressure drop.

Default EOS Solution Method


There is improved convergence of the default EOS solution method (Cubic
EOS Analytical Method) for applicable property packages. Flash results for
some cases may be different.

Min. Def. Comp. (%) for User Property Value


A new option - Min. Def. Comp (%) - has been added to the user property
view so you can control how a user property value is reported. If the sum of
non-zero compositions is smaller than the Min. Def. Comp., the value is
shown as <empty>. If larger, the value is calculated from the selected mixing
rule.

Fischer Model
In the Depressuring utility the Fischer valve method label is replaced by
Universal Gas. This should have no effect in the results; the Universal Gas
method was already being used.

Consistency Of Liquid Density for EOS Property


Packages
In previous versions inconsistency was observed between the Mass Density of
a liquid phase measured at standard conditions and the calculated Liquid
Mass Density (Std. Cond) reported on the Properties page when the Density
calculation option was Use EOS Density. This problem has been fixed. As a
result, you may see differences in this reported property.

Glycol Property Package


If cases were created in V7.2 with the default liquid enthalpy option or earlier
versions with the "Property Package EOS" option for liquid enthalpy, the
results for liquid enthalpy, entropy, Cp, Cv, CP/Cv, Heat Flow, "Heat of Vap."
and flash for PH, TH, PS and TS flash may be different when run these cases
in V7.3.

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Viscosity Calculation of Aqueous Phase for SRK


There are improvements in viscosity calculation of the aqueous phase for the
SRK property package. If the case was created in V7.2 or earlier versions, the
results for the viscosity of the aqueous phase may be different in V7.3.

Lee-Kesler Enthalpy Method


In V7.2, the Lee-Kesler enthalpy method was modified to always make the
calculation on the wet basis; that is, the model is used to calculate enthalpy,
entropy and heat capacity of the entire mixture, not just the water-free
portion. This change resolved some serious problems reported in V7.1.
However, since the Lee-Kesler method is not applicable to pure water, the
property results are not accurate when the stream is pure water or consists
mostly of water (x_H2O->1.0).
The accuracy for these limiting conditions has been improved in V7.3.
Therefore, you can expect different results for enthalpy, entropy, Cp, and Cv
and PH flash for pure water stream or stream that consists mostly of water.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen HYSYS Upstream


Product Description
HYSYS Upstream extends the upstream capabilities of the HYSYS simulation
environment in two main areas:
Thermodynamics: HYSYS Upstream extends HYSYS capabilities using the
key upstream thermodynamic methods, Black Oils and PVT.
Hydraulics: HYSYS Upstream delivers mechanisms for integrating with
production field models with built-in industry-leading well and flowline
modeling tools including PIPESIM from Schlumberger, Aspen Hydraulics,
and OLGA 2000 from Scandpower.
Using the HYSYS Upstream option allows consistent thermodynamics and
models across an integrated asset. These holistic models create powerful
tools to make better decisions on Oil and Gas assets to improve the return on
capital.

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New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in release V7.3:
Aspen Hydraulics (Pipeline Network) Improved Capabilities.
New Field Development and Conceptual Design Builder.

Aspen Hydraulics (Pipeline Network) Improved


Capabilities
A variety of boundary conditions can now be applied to Aspen Hydraulics flow
networks. For example, Hydraulics can solve a flow network in which all of the
pressures at the inlet and outlet streams are specified. The table below shows
the different solving scenarios.

Scenario

Inlet Pressure

Outlet Pressure

Mass Flow

Calculated

Specified

Specified

Specified

Specified

Calculated

Specified

Calculated

Specified

Heat Transfer
There are two new options for specifying the heat transfer of a pipe segment
unit operation in Aspen Hydraulics: (1) specifying the total rate of heat
transfer into or out of the pipe segment and (2) specifying the outlet
temperature of the fluid leaving the pipe segment.

Check for Choked Flow


Within an Aspen Hydraulics subflowsheet you can now control whether or not
choking calculations are performed across the flow network. If the choking
calculations are included, then the fluid velocity at each unit operation is
constrained to the local speed of sound. Conversely, without the choking
calculation, there are no constraints on the fluid velocity.

Kinetic Energy Treatment


You can now ignore the kinetic energy contribution to the energy balance for
all unit operations in an Aspen Hydraulics flow network.

Static Head Treatment


For a pipe unit operation or a pipe segment within a complex pipe, the
contribution from the static head to the pressure drop can be controlled. You
can choose to include this contribution, always ignore the contribution, or only
ignore the contribution for downward flows.

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Internal Fittings
The Aspen Hydraulics pipe segment operation now supports internal fittings.
Each pipe segment has a Fittings section where you can specify a list of
fittings with given loss factors or define overall fitting loss factors for the
entire pipe. In addition, you can define a length multiplier for the pipe. When
these types of fittings are included, an equivalent pipe length is calculated
and reported.

Acceleration Pressure Drop


For a pipe unit operation or a pipe segment within a complex pipe, the
contribution from the acceleration to the pressure drop can be controlled. You
can choose to include this contribution using the method defined by the flow
correlation, always ignore the contribution, or to calculate the acceleration
pressure drop based on a homogeneous flow model.

Oil and Gas Feed Characterization


In Aspen HYSYS Upstream V7.3, you can characterize the reservoir fluid
(Black oil) on a process stream. The fundamental calculation is to mix oil
fluid, gas fluid and water fluid in an appropriate ratio to match a userspecified Gas-To-Oil Ratio (GOR) and Water-To-Oil Ratio (WOR). Hypo
component liquid density values are adjusted in order to match the desired
stock tank density value. You can also enter the Oil Flow Target value at stock
tank conditions, and have the stream calculate its total molar flow to match
the oil flow target value specified.
The Process Stream Property View now has three options for Black Oil
characterization.
No BlackOil (default): stream is a normal process stream (without black oil
information).
BlackOil with Bulk properties: Oil fluid is characterized by bulk properties
such as Watson K (Kw) and bulk density.
BlackOil with AssayInfo: Oil fluid is characterized using data from the
HYSYS Assay Library.

New Field Development and Conceptual Design


Builder
For field development research and assessment, a number of process
scenarios must be quickly generated and assigned with different probabilities.
The new Aspen HYSYS Field Development and Conceptual Design Builder
(CDB) lets you quickly generate the necessary individual scenarios from one
base simulation design using the same HYSYS & APEA models and templates
you would use to model the final processes. The CDB guides you through the
auto-generation of HYSYS cases to simulate and report the behavior of an
asset over its life.
A series of HYSYS cases corresponding to different scenarios for further
evaluation and development.

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A Cost Estimate using Aspen Process Economic Evaluator for one or for all
of the HYSYS cases.
Excel / Word Reporting of Plant configuration, Heat and Mass Balance,
Production Profile and Emissions Profiles.
The CDB improves the transition from the Appraisal & Conceptual Stage to
the front-end engineering design (FEED) Stage of a design project by allowing
the transfer of the project definition and a series of case files. You can save
frequently used preference information for key engineering parameters in the
design, such as compression ratios or recirculation rates, so that your
company can maintain and propagate its best practices
The CDB lets you use HYSYS & APEA models and templates at the beginning
of the design process, and provides a consistent framework for making
technical and commercial decisions at the early stages of plant or process
assessment.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Heat Transfer in the Pipe Segment
The heat transfer in the pipe segment is improved to allow new specifications,
to include radiation, and to improve property estimation for the external
medium. Results for associated calculations in cases created in previous
versions of Aspen HYSYS may be different in V7.3.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen HYSYS Petroleum


Refining (formerly Aspen
RefSYS)
Product Description
Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining (formerly RefSYS) is an integrated multiuser environment allowing engineers to store, share, and process multiple
unit operation and petroleum refinery simulation data.
Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining adds advanced features to HYSYS that
dramatically improve simulation refinery-wide. Aspen HYSYS Petroleum
Refining provides the technology framework to support steady state process
design, dynamic operability and management, asset planning and utilization.

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New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in this release:
Performance Improvements.
Usability Improvements.
Advanced Viscosity Settings.
New Oil Manager (Macrocut) for Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining.
Automatic Conversion of Oil Manager Assays to RefSYS Petroleum Assays.
Refining Unit Operations.
Refining Utilities.

Performance Improvements
It was well established that Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining could manage a
large number of assays more efficiently and accurately than could Aspen
HYSYS. However, it was a common observation that when a flowsheet had
only one assay, Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining cases were accurate but
very slow compared to Aspen HYSYS cases. In V7.3, we have significantly
reduced the computational time of Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining when we
have only one assay in flowsheet. The following table shows a comparison
between computational time for Aspen HYSYS V7.3 and Aspen HYSYS
Petroleum Refining V7.3 using our benchmark case.
Computational
Time (sec)

Ratio RefSYS/HYSYS

Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining (RefSYS) V7.1

290

3.72

Aspen HYSYS V7.1

78

Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining V7.3

132

Aspen HYSYS V7.3

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1.65

The following picture shows how Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining is better
compared to Aspen HYSYS while working with multiple assays. As you
increase the number of assays in the Aspen HYSYS flowsheet the
computational time increases, whereas in Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining, it
remains constant.

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Note: The new Aspen HTML Start Page requires a significant amount of
memory and should be disabled before using the reactor models.

Usability Improvements
Text and Excel reports are now available showing all important Refsys
properties of streams.
Petroleum Properties are available as a visibly separate group in the Variable
Navigator. The earlier Calculator group had a full list of all properties, making
it hard to find specific petroleum properties. The petroleum properties group
is also user-customizable. The same group appears in spreadsheet, AOS, etc.
The new Normalized Yields feature on streams, compares the flow of one
stream with respect to a referenced stream flow. This lets you quickly
calculate the yields of a column, reactor, subflowsheet, and so on, by
selecting the reference stream as the feed stream on each of the product
streams.
One could also compare these yields side by side by importing them into the
HYSYS workbook. When updating refinery planning models in Aspen PIMS
from Aspen HYSYS, these easily available yields will be very helpful. Users
can directly access these yield variables in the PIMS Support Utility rather
than indirectly calculating these values in a spreadsheet.

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Advanced Viscosity Settings


As of V7.3, you can input viscosity at four different temperatures for each
hypo (38, 50, 60 and 100 deg C). When using HYSYS-based viscosity
calculations, two parameters ThetaA and ThetaB will be calculated internally
based upon input viscosity at four different temperatures. Earlier, if the hypo
boiling point was less than 300 deg C (the cut off temperature) then only the
viscosity value at 38, 50 and 60 deg C was used, whereas for higher boiling
hypos viscosity at values 50, 60 and 100 deg C were used.
With V7.3, these viscosity settings can be configured in the Petroleum Assay
Manager settings page. You can specify the cut off temperature as well as
whether all viscosity data for each hypo is used without any cut-off
temperature.

New Oil Manager (Macrocut) for Aspen HYSYS


Petroleum Refining
The Macrocut environment for Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining has the
following new capabilities:
It is now possible to enter light ends information in a different basis than
the distillation basis.
Viscosity data can be entered in kinematic and dynamic viscosity forms. It
is also possible to enter the viscosity data at any four temperatures.
Contaminants properties (Sulfur, Conradson Carbon Content, Metals (Ni,
Va, Fe) Content, Nitrogen and Basic Nitrogen Content) can now be
characterized using only one bulk property point. An Advanced Statistical
Methods option is available to characterize the property curve using
statistical parameters.
It is also possible to characterize the assay using only bulk properties
(Watson K and Density).
You can now enter the product cut distillation data. This is especially
useful for back blending cases where user has yields (mass/volume flows)
for each distillation product as well as the individual distillation curve for
each product. A sample case is provided with Aspen HYSYS V7.3
installation which demonstrates how this feature can be useful in the
modeling of a crude distillation system using a back-blended assay.
New data validation views are available. In these views you can see a
comparison between input and calculated data in tabular or graphical
format.
It is now possible to import or export Macrocut data in XML format.
The Assay Library now contains over 150 published assay data files from
different regions and countries. These are supplied with Aspen HYSYS
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Automatic Conversion of Oil Manager Assays to


RefSYS Petroleum Assays
To make the major features of Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining Macrocut
more accessible, you can now automatically convert existing HYSYS oil
manager assays to RefSYS assays. As a result of the conversions:
You can choose to employ a HYSYS component list or use the RefSYS
default component list (Petroleumcomp1.cml).
All HYSYS Oil Manager Assays are converted to RefSYS Macrocut assays.
All HYSYS Oil Manager blends are converted to the RefSYS Petroleum
Feeder. Macrocut assays are attached to the Petroleum Feeder and the
appropriate blend ratio is automatically calculated.
Flowsheet fluid packages are changed to RefSYS fluid packages.
Recycle will be re-initialized and the flowsheet will be solved.

Refining Unit Operations


Catalytic Reformer
Advanced factors can now be modified in the Reformer calibration
environment. In previous versions, the advanced factors could only be
modified in the simulation environment.
The Catalyst Activity page for a semi-regen unit now reports more
information in an easier-to-understand format.
Components DMMCP and EMCP have been renamed to DMCP to ECP since
they represent dimethyl-cyclopentane and ethyl-cyclopentane,
respectively.
You can now specify the C6 and C7 paraffin isomer split ratios in the
calibration environment.
Reformer calibration can now run without needing to first pull data from
the simulation.
An initial value column is added to the reactor control page, letting you
copy data to the initial value column and then use that as a reference
when changing specs (e.g. using a RON value rather than a reference inlet
temperature).
Recycle gas can be split to individual reactor beds.
The Coke on-catalyst variables are now available in Spreadsheet, AOS,
and so forth.

Hydrocracker
The purge flow can now be specified in the Calibration environment.
(Previously the option only functioned in the Simulation environment.)
The Hydrocracker will solve properly after modifying a feed while the unit
is in the Ignored state. In previous versions, this prevented the model
from solving.

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A new transition type Standard Hydroprocessor Transition is added to


convert a stream having a Hydrocracker (HCR) component list (HCR.cml)
to an assay component list.
This transition ensures that outlet assay component list stream property
curves and distillation curves are smooth. This transition has seven different
cut products (off gases, light naphtha, heavy naphtha, light distillate, heavy
distillate, gas oil and residue) and you can provide the mapping between
hydrocracker components (lumps) and these product cuts.
It is also possible to enter the distillation information and the end point for
each of the product cuts. Product cut properties are calculated from the HCR
components and you may introduce biases as tuning parameters. A sample
case is provided with an Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining installation which
demonstrates the capability of new Hydrocracker Product Transition.

FCC
The FCC calibration will now run with a recycle without first needing to run
a simulation case.
MW is now calculated for hypos of an effluent stream of the FCC when
Aspen Properties is used. In V7.2, MW was not calculated and the FCC
effluent stream would show as not solved when Aspen Properties were
used.
ZSM-5 catalyst factors have now been exposed so you can change how
ZSM-5 affects a catalyst mixture.
Changing the composition or biases of a feed type will now affect all data
sets. In previous versions, it would only affect the current data set; other
data sets would not accurately reflect the changes.
You can now use a refractive index from a stream when calculating the
aromatic content of a feed. However, this option should only be used
when the assay data for refractive index is high quality.
You can now modify 1, 2, or 3-ring methyls for a feed type. This is
important because the methyls become unconvertible material and the
default values may not accurately represent a feed.

FCC, Reformer and Hydrocracker


When configuring a new unit, you now enter the calibration environment
by default after completing the configuration wizard.
You can specify a custom varfile for failure recovery, rather than always
recovering from a default varfile that may not match the unit well.
Variables updated from a pre-solve script can now also update the
appropriate values in the interface. In previous versions, if you changed a
value from the pre-solve script, the interface and the model could have
different values of the same variable.
ApSparseExe.exe is spawned whenever a reformer, FCC, or hydrocracker
is solved. This reduces the memory requirement on HYSYS and allows for
larger cases.

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Hydroprocessor BED
An isothermal option is added so you may model either adiabatic or
isothermal units.
Solver settings have been added so you have more control when solving
the models.

Isomerization
Octane is now reported for an isomerate product.
Solver settings have been added so you have more control when solving
the models.

Petroleum Shift Reactor


Feed distillation data can now be transferred to a product. This will be
helpful when modeling hydrotreaters where the feed and product
composition curves do not change much.
Copy-and-paste of base-yields from the PIMS Support Utility to the PSR is
now possible. This lets you quickly generate a PSR model for a reactor
based on base-yields calculated from its rigorous counterpart.
Light-Ends composition can now be entered in a different basis as
compared to a TBP curve.

Refining Utilities
The PIMS Support Utility
Scaling factors can now be provided to the shift vectors, as is possible in the
PIMS excel files.
The signs of the yields can be changed at the time of export. In PIMS the
product yields are typically negative, whereas HYSYS does not follow such a
convention.
The Common Model Environment (CME) model name can now be different
from the filename. (The model name is saved during mapping in PIMS and
Orion, so it is important to separate the file name and model name.)

Swing Cut Utility Enhancement


The Swing Cut Utility now has a status bar for a more intuitive setup process.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Exchanger Design and Rating

This section describes the New Features and Known Issues for the Aspen
Exchanger Design and Rating applications, which include the following:
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger (AirCooled).
Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger (Shell&Tube).
Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical (Shell&TubeMech).
Aspen Fired Heater (FiredHeater).
Aspen Plate Exchanger (Plate).
Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger (PlateFin).

General Software Fixes


This section describes the software fixes to the overall Exchanger Design and
Rating program.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00409305

Excel Template Improved performance of 'Run' behavior when


other spreadsheets containing formulas are also opened

CQ00405708

Corrected two missing options in Aspen free-water method in online help doc

CQ00405272

Fixed Update Parameters dialog hidden behind the EDR browser,


preventing the user from changing components in the Aspen
Properties package

CQ00396074

Fixed the error 'Can't find List Radiography-RT' when reloading a


saved multiple applications edr file

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1


CQ Number

Description

CQ00423645

Fixed a problem where molecular weights not being imported


from HYSYS

CQ00411894

Fixed a problem in the Version Control Utility so that Aspen Plus


and HYSYS V7.3 can be registered to use EDR V7.3.1.

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Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger


(formerly ACOL+)
Product Description
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger (AirCooled) is a program for the Design,
Rating/Checking, and Simulation of air coolers and other tubular crossflow
heat exchangers. The program can be used standalone by the thermal
specialist for exchanger design or as an integrated product with AspenTech's
steady-state process simulation programs Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS.
When used as a stand-alone program in design mode, AirCooled can
determine the optimum heat exchanger configuration that satisfies the
specified heat duty, allowable pressure drop, and/or maximum velocity. The
program can also be used to check and rate heat exchangers for required
process duties.
When integrated with Aspen Plus or Aspen HYSYS, AirCooled provides
engineers with the ability to rigorously model heat exchanger operation and
identify capital saving opportunities in the overall process configuration.
Bottlenecks can be identified, process improvements can be modeled for
various process operating scenarios, and costly maintenance schedules can be
optimized.

New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in release V7.3. No
further enhancements were added in release V7.3.1.
Active Input Checking.
Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32-bit version only).

Active Input Checking


Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.3 now has the same input functionality as
Shell and Tube and other heat exchanger programs. With each new input, all
defaults are recalculated, and all inputs are rechecked. Mandatory inputs
display with a blue-green background until a value is supplied. If any input
value would generate a fatal error, then the background to the input shows
red. Any inputs which are not used for a particular calculation type are grayed
out, making the input process much simpler for new users.
Some of this functionality was available previously, but the graying out is
completely new, and the calculation of defaults has been extended and
improved. Warning messages have been introduced when input values which
are unusual, but not sufficiently incorrect to cause a fatal error.

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The input checking process has in places been made more rigorous,
preventing inconsistencies not checked for in previous versions. Some cases
which previously ran might now fail, but it should be clear which missing or
incorrect inputs are causing the problem.

Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only)
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.3.1 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit
operating system and is compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same
time as V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger.

Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.3.1 - Active Input


Checking
For input data sets with inconsistent, inappropriate, or missing data, the
enhanced input data checking might cause cases to fail in V7.3 when they
previously ran in earlier versions with no indication of the problem. When the
case is opened, the input items causing the problem will be highlighted with a
red background for incorrect inputs or a blue-green background for required
inputs which are missing. When incorrect inputs are deleted, a default value
will often appear. This value can be accepted or revised as appropriate.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00425977

Corrected nozzle velocity in multiple circuits

CQ00421659

Added a warning message for hiTRAN inserts in high fouling


services

CQ00420219

Corrected spurious Program lines in output

CQ00413071

Corrected incorrect Inlet Pressure being passed from Aspen Plus


Link

CQ0040939

Corrected heat load difference in API sheet and the Overall


Summary

CQ00407891

Corrected nozzle velocity when specifying multiple circuits

CQ00404579

Corrected reporting of output vapor viscosity in the output


summary page

CQ00403662

Fixed a problem with missing latent heat in API sheet

CQ00403176

Corrected pressure drop calculation for twisted tapes

CQ00403070

Fixed hiTRAN calculation error

CQ00401942

Fixed to allow the Heat Load to be defined by airside conditions

CQ00398643

Studded tube: Allow Fin Frequency #/m below 79

CQ00274697

Engine checking in V7.3 corrected problem in "angle of outside


flow"

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Whats Fixed in V7.3.1


CQ Number

Description

CQ00428354

Corrected a problem when using multiple hiTRAN inserts

CQ00402400

Corrected a problem where pressures were not being correctly


transferred from Aspen Plus to AirCooled

Aspen Fired Heater (formerly


Aspen FiredHeater)
Product Description
Aspen Fired Heater is for the simulation and rating of furnaces and fired
heaters. The program calculates heat transfer and other key parameters in a
variety of tube configurations in both box and cylindrical fireboxes using the
well stirred, imperfectly stirred, or long-furnace models. In addition, the heat
transfer in up to nine convection banks can be handled. Aspen Fired Heater
uses the standard user interface adopted by other EDR programs and
replaced the FIHR program in 2007.

New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in either release
V7.3 or V7.3.1:
Specification of fouling factors for tube-groups and convection banks
[V7.3].
Additional correlations for gas-side heat transfer [V7.3].
Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32-bit version only) [V7.3].
Integration of FiredHeater into the HYSYS process simulator [V7.3.1].

Specification of fouling factors for tube-groups


and convection banks
Tube-side and gas-side fouling factors can now be specified separately for
each tube-group and convection bank. This allows the user far greater
flexibility than earlier versions which were restricted to one tube-side value
for each process stream and a single gas-side value for the heater. By
defining appropriate tube-groups, the user can specify different fouling factors
for each tube in a firebox path.

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Additional correlations for gas-side heat transfer


An option to select the ESCOA or HTFS3A correlations in addition to the
preexisting PFR correlation for gas-side heat transfer to high finned tubes has
been added to FiredHeater for V7.3.

Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only)
Aspen Fired Heater V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit operating
system and is compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

FiredHeater HYSYS Integration


The new integration with the HYSYS process simulator enables HYSYS users
to run steady-state simulations of fired heaters with the rigorous EDRFiredHeater model.

The FiredHeater model is accessed via the standard HYSYS fired heater unit
operation by selecting the EDR-FiredHeater on the Design | Parameters tab.
This allows access to the EDR-FiredHeater tab. Fuel, flue gas, and up to 9
process stream connections are allowed. The link will automatically calculate
the lower heating value, carbon and hydrogen content of any connected fuel
streams. O2, N2, CO2, H2O (and optionally SO2 and Ar) are required in the
component slate to model the combustion.
A new feature for the V7.3 HYSYS-EDR links is that the full EDR-browser (as
seen in the stand-alone application) can be launched allowing detailed
changes to be made to the fired heater geometry.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Fired Heater V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same time as
V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen Fired Heater.

Whats Fixed in V7.3

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00428118

Revised defaults for fin height recommended by Fired Heater


Panel (and described in API 560 for gaseous fuels)

CQ00428116

Fixed Help item for tube wall thermal conductivity

CQ00426689

Extend Help text to clarify Number of Paths in Firebox and


Convection Section

CQ00426577

Issue a fatal error for "serious" non-convergence

CQ00424587

Issue a warning rather than an error when a negative estimated


pressure drop is input

CQ00423081

Fixed problem where export to Word/Excel was not exporting all


the data from the Overall Summary

CQ00423079

Added help text for Tube-side and Gas-side fouling resistance

CQ00421973

Added Help items for tube-side and gas-side fouling

CQ00421562

Corrected incorrect behavior for fouling in cabin fireboxes

CQ00415280

Corrected incomplete error message

CQ00413001

Corrected results for well-stirred mode outlet (outlet temp/vapor


frac/PD) for both process stream & firebox

CQ00407966

Updated Bundle Details screenshot in help file

CQ00401277

Fixed input error in Flue gas properties options

CQ00408295

Add separate fouling factor for each convection bank and firebox
tube group; improve accuracy (4 decimal places) on vapor mass
fraction in Stream Details table; correct distance from inlet in
parallel banks

CQ00400903

FiredHeater: Correction so that all firebox tube materials are used

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00397788

FiredHeater: Added specification of tube-fouling on tube group


basis

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1


CQ Number

Description

CQ00424587

Corrected a problem where pressures were not being correctly


transferred from Aspen Plus to FiredHeater

Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger


(formerly Aspen TASC+)
Product Description
Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger (Shell&Tube) is a program for the Design,
Rating/Checking, and Simulation of shell and tube, double pipe, and multitube
hairpin heat exchangers. The program can be used standalone by the thermal
specialist for exchanger design or as an integrated product with AspenTech's
steady-state process simulation programs Aspen Plus and HYSYS.
When used as a stand-alone program in design mode, Shell&Tube can
determine the optimum heat exchanger configuration that satisfies the
specified heat duty, allowable pressure drop, and/or maximum velocity. The
program can also be used to check and rate heat exchangers for required
process duties.
When integrated with Aspen Plus or HYSYS, Shell&Tube provides engineers
with the ability to rigorously model heat exchanger operation and identify
capital saving opportunities in the overall process configuration. Bottlenecks
can be identified, process improvements modeled for various process
operating scenarios, and costly maintenance schedules optimized.

New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in either release
V7.3 or V7.3.1:
Improved method for handling the viscosity of two liquid phases [7.3].
Updated database for lowfin tubes [V7.3].
Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32-bit version only) [V7.3].
Import from Aspen Plus [V7.3.1].

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Improved method for handling the viscosity of


two liquid phases
An improved method has been incorporated for calculating the effective
viscosity of two immiscible liquid phases, usually oil and water. There is a new
prediction of the inversion point at which the continuous phase changes from
water to oil, with the result that the oil dominant region will extend to lower
oil volume fractions. This means that the effective viscosity will tend to be
higher than predicted by the previous method when the oil volume fraction is
between the old and new inversion point. The new HTFS method will give
slightly lower effective viscosities than the old method in the water dominant
region, and somewhat larger reductions in the oil dominant region. Thus the
new effective viscosity can be greater or smaller than from the previous
method depending on the oil volume fraction.
In addition, the HYSYS method for oil-water viscosities is now available as an
option. The major difference in the HYSYS method is that the oil is assumed
to be dominant for oil volume fractions above 0.5, and the water is dominant
below 0.33. A weighted mean is used in the transition region.
Differences between the predictions of the three methods will generally be
larger for heavy oils than for light oils.
It is also now possible to specify that the program uses the higher of the oil
and water viscosities, and this is the default for condensation and falling film
evaporation.
A final option is that it is possible to apply the former HTFS method (the only
option in V7.2.1 and earlier).

Updated database for lowfin range internal


enhancement data for Wolverine tubes
The input form for Wolverine tubes has been extended so that tube side heat
transfer and pressure drop data for any Wolverine enhanced tube type can be
entered. Previously only a limited range of Wolverine tube data could be
accessed from an internal databank.

Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only)
Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit
operating system and is compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

Import from Aspen Plus


Process and property data can now be imported directly from the Aspen Plus
Process Simulator. From EDR, select File | Import From. This will display a
number of options including the new Aspen Plus V7.3 option. Selecting this
option displays a file dialogue from which the user locates and specifies an
Aspen Plus BKP file. Following this selection, the BKP file is loaded and runs,
and the Exchangers List view is displayed, containing Aspen Plus unit
operations from which streams can be imported.
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From this view, the temperature range and pressures for property generation
can be changed. Click Import to import the process and property data for the
streams displayed. Click Generate PSF to generate a psf file for the process
and property data for the streams displayed.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same
time as V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Shell & Tube Exchanger.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00428452

Fixed a problem with default front/rear end lengths in a J-shell


with U-bend

CQ00426922

Corrected a problem calculating tube supports

CQ00426124

Fixed a problem where User defined material properties were not


being used in the weight and area calculations

CQ00425444

Fixed a problem with E shell flow direction and "Tubeside inlet at


front head"

CQ00424844

Fixed a problem where some tubes were out of OTL and there
was no warning.

CQ00423626

Fixed incorrect weights in setting plan for S.I. units

CQ00422853

Added actual tube count to Tube Layout output

CQ00422744

Added help text for Shell&Tube Viscosity Method for Two Liquid
Phases

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94

CQ Number

Description

CQ00422639

Fixed EDR Import from HYSYS 7.1 - EDR Import was failing on a
specific HYSYS heater unit operation

CQ00422433

Fixed high velocities in the V7.2.1 vibration analysis when the


shellside nozzles are on the left and right side

CQ00420504

Fixed problems with flow orientation and htc for longitudinal fins
in double pipe with U bend.

CQ00418374

Fixed tubeside pressure drop passed from EDR to Aspen Plus


when using a Thermosiphon in rating mode

CQ00417579

Fixed displaying of Latent heat in TEMA sheet for Advanced mode

CQ00417290

Improve handling of the effective viscosity of two liquid phases

CQ00417224

Corrected unreasonable densities reported in Flow Analysis when


Domes are used

CQ00416996

Fixed impingement plate size and location so that they do not


always match tie rod locations

CQ00416988

Corrected the velocities reported and flow splits in the Advanced


method results for a triple segmental baffle

CQ00416636

Corrected velocity being reported in the HTFS Resonance results


for tube location 3 - X shell with impingement protection

CQ00416375

Corrected Property mismatch for data imported from HYSYS into


EDR

CQ00415714

Corrected errors converting embedded TASC and ACOL files in


HYSYS

CQ00415570

Corrected MTD reported in V7.2.1 for 2 exchangers in series

CQ00415224

Fixed crash with horizontal double segment baffles in F,G,H-shells


in EDR V7.2

CQ00413721

Corrected Help for TEMA vibration analysis

CQ00413320

Corrected UI update when Default units are changed

CQ00412705

Corrected TEMA Sheet Nozzle size reporting problem

CQ00412234

Fixed printing of Supports-Misc Baffles tab

CQ00411722

Corrected Span length reported as 0 and should be blank

CQ00411034

Improved extrapolation procedure for bubble points

CQ00411032

Added warning message when Program changes the outlet


temperature on hot side

CQ00408013

Corrected F shell and acoustic baffle so that a longitudinal baffles


acts as an acoustic baffle for side-side flow

CQ00407748

Fixed a convergence failure for a case with impossible exchanger


spec

CQ00407744

Corrected tube wall thickness for DIN material (actually any


dimensional standard other than ANSI)

CQ00407480

Corrected a failure to arrive at an optimized design for an


underfed kettle

CQ00407380

Corrected a convergence problem for low pressure


thermosyphons

CQ00407325

Corrected a program crash when setting tube side nozzles and


clicking Run

CQ00407202

Corrected drawings of Klopper, Korbbogen, Weld Cap covers

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00403172

Corrected missing Design Test Pressure on Spec Sheet when


transferred from S&T Mechanical

CQ00402856

Corrected crash when editing the baffle cut

CQ00400880

Add messages for Koch DLL licensing

CQ00319147

Fixed rear head ID is defaulting. This primarily affects P,S,T rear


heads.

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1


CQ Number

Description

CQ00429952

Corrected convergence problems in cases with temperature


pinches

CQ00428559

Text updated to clarify Fouling resistance based on outside tube


area

CQ00424671

Inputs for Boiling Curves clarified

CQ00422837

Corrected a problem where the outlet pressure was not being


correctly transferred from Aspen Plus to Shell&Tube

CQ00421751

Corrected a problem where Shell&Tube and Shell&TubeMech were


calculating different values for the OTL

CQ00420083

Corrected a problem where the properties of the second liquid


were not being correctly transferred from Aspen Plus to
Shell&Tube

CQ00405370

Corrected a problem where the exchanger type was not being


correctly transferred from Aspen Plus to Shell&Tube

Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical


(formerly Aspen Teams)
Product Description
Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical (formerly Aspen Teams) is a comprehensive
set of tools for the complete mechanical design or rating of shell & tube heat
exchangers and basic pressure vessels.
When used with Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger or Hetran, Aspen Shell & Tube
Mechanical provides bi-directional data transfer, eliminating the need for data
re-entry and ensuring consistency between thermal and mechanical designs.
This enables engineers to both optimize and efficiently validate the thermal
and mechanical designs of shell and tube heat exchangers.
When used as a stand-alone program in design mode, Aspen Shell & Tube
Mechanical can optimize the design of most components including flanges,
tubesheets, expansion joints, supports, shell, and nozzle reinforcement. They
conform to TEMA standards and several international codes including ASME
Section VIII Div.1, AD Merkbltter, CODAP, and EN13445.

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New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in either release
V7.3 or V7.3.1:
ASME 2010 Code and Material Properties Update [V7.3]
ASME 2010 Elastic-plastic design procedure for floating tubesheet
exchangers [V7.3]
ASME 2010 Nozzle reinforcement design for all applicable nozzles under
appendix 1-10 [V7.3]
ASME 2010 bolt spacing correction factor [V7.3]
ASME 2010 bolting exemption in the hydrostatic test pressure calculation
[V7.3]
ASME 2010 restrictions on using ERW pipe in unfired steam boilers [V7.3]
Horizontal support design per ASME 2010 Div 2 Part 4.15 [V7.3]
Minimum bolt area ratio requirement [V7.3]
Tubesheet and baffle tube hole nominal diameter input [V7.3]
Manway access fittings added to the Bill of Materials [V7.3]
Enhancements to insulation calculations [V7.3]
Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32-bit version only) [V7.3]
Partial Volume and Static Pressure for Kettle Reboilers [V7.3.1]

ASME 2010 Code and Material properties Update


Aspen Shell and Tube Mechanical has been updated with the 2010 ASME code
and materials update. New materials were added and obsolete materials were
deleted. The Code and Material standard year is shown below.

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ASME 2010 Elastic-plastic design procedure for


floating tubesheet exchangers
The ASME VIII-1 2010 code included the elastic-plastic design procedure for
floating tubesheet exchangers. With this program addition, previous design
cases that were overstressed at the tubesheet-to-cylinder junction can now
be designed considering the effect of plasticity at the cylinder-tubesheet joint.
The program will use this procedure automatically when applicable to further
optimize these types of exchangers.
Designs that may have provided this warning:

Are now designed without having to increase the cylinder thickness to


alleviate a potentially overstress condition.

ASME 2010 Nozzle reinforcement design for all


applicable nozzles under Appendix 1-10
The ASME VIII-1 2010 code included a change to appendix 1-10 that
eliminated the large nozzle label from this alternative method for nozzle
reinforcement design. This program change for applicable nozzle results in
less required reinforcement than the traditional UG-37 and 1-7 code sections.
Typical example using the traditional reinforcement method:

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Same example using the new appendix 1-10 design procedure:

Horizontal support design per ASME 2010 Div 2


Part 4.15
Aspen Shell and Tube Mechanical V7.3.1 contains the support-induced shell
stress analysis (Zick) calculation per ASME Division 2 part 4.15, Design Rules
for Supports and Attachments. This calculation provides for a published welldocumented design procedure not yet available in Division 1 for the
evaluation of stresses on vessel shells caused by horizontal supports. The
input option is selected here:

Four new detail output pages have been created to show the results of this
calculation.

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Minimum bolt area ratio requirement


Aspen Shell and Tube Mechanical V7.3.1 contains a new input to control the
minimum body flanges bolt area ratio. This ratio is the actual bolt area (AB)
over the required bolt area (AM). With this new parameter, you can control
how much bolt area safety margin is desired. The default value is always 1.
This value can also be changed in the costing databases so the desired
minimum ratio is available for all designs.

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In the costing database (for all runs), the input parameter is located here:

A typical output portion would look like this:


Bolting up conditions:
Minimum bolt load
Min. used bolt load
Required bolt area
Available bolt area
Ratio of bolt areas
Design bolt load
Minimum gasket width
Gasket compression stress

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WM2 = b*3.1416*G*Y+Br*Y*RIB
=
WM2 = max of 2 mating flanges
=
AM = WM2/SA or WM1/SB
=
AB = No.Bolt*Area
=
AB/AM = 1.105
W = 0.5*(AM+AB)*SA
=
NMIN = AB*SA/(6.283*y*G)
=
Gcst = AB*SA/((Pi*G*Wth)+(Br*RIB))=

182801 lbf
182801 lbf
7.31 in2
8.08 in2
192401 lbf
0.1381 in
4199 psi

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Tubesheet and baffle tube hole diameter input


New input was added for processing the tubesheet tube hole nominal
diameter.

Program defaults to TEMA standard fit per table RCB-7.21.


You can also select TEMA special close fit:

You can also override the TEMA dimension with an input:

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You can now enter the desired baffle tube hole diameter. Default is per TEMA
RCB-4.2.

The output will show the selected or default values. For the tubesheet tube
hole nominal diameter:

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And for the baffle tube hole diameter:

The correct tubesheet tube hole diameter will also appear in the tubesheet
drawings:

Manway access fittings added to the Bill of


Materials
When access fittings are specified, they will now appear in the Bill of
Materials, together with applicable gaskets and bolts. This feature provides a
more complete list of components and better equipment costs calculations.

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Example Bill of Materials section:

Enhancements to insulation calculations


The insulation calculations have now been split between shell side and tube
side. This feature will be able to process different types of insulation on one
heat exchanger.
Example input:

Example output:

Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only)
Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit
operating system and is compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

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Partial Volume and Static Pressure for Kettle


Reboilers
The volume calculation for the shell side fluid in kettle reboilers now assumes
that the bundle is flooded. The results have been extended to include Volume
Operating.

In addition, the Static Pressure calculation, if selected, now calculates the


Static Pressure due to the weight of the shell side fluid, again assuming the
bundle is flooded.

Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same
time as V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical.

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Compatibility Notes
There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00423539

Corrected a problem with the calculation of the tubesheet in a Utube exchanger. The program could not find a solution but also
could not exit the calculation.

CQ00423328

Corrected a problem with the User specified TEMA tubesheet


thickness. The thickness specified was less than the minimum
required tubesheet thickness but the program was not issuing a
warning.

CQ00423221

Corrected/Updated the calculation of the mean gasket diameter


for self-energizing gaskets per ASME VIII-1 2-5(c)(3)(a) of App.
2.

CQ00423092

Provide a note alerting the User as to what ASME material year


the program is using, but only for 1998 (the year stresses
changed across the board).

CQ00423091

Corrected a problem with the inputted flanged-only expansion


joint spring rates. They were being incorrectly used in the
tubesheet calculation.

CQ00423029

Provided warning to the User if selected ERW pipe material for


the shell violates UW-2(c) rules for unfired steam boilers

CQ00421745

Corrected a problem with the European code (EN) and ASME


Titanium materials. The program was not calculating correctly the
Titanium material allowable stress.

CQ00421354

Corrected a problem with the tubesheet flanged extension


calculation. It was not being calculated correctly for U-tube
exchangers in the European code (EN).

CQ00421186

Corrected a problem with the expansion joint (flanged-and-flued


type) outer cylinder nominal thickness. The thickness calculated
in the EJ section was different from the thickness calculated in
the pressure section. This problem was causing erroneous results
in the external pressure and nozzle reinforcement calculations.

CQ00420805

Corrected a problem with the TEMA calculated tube-to-tubesheet


allowable loads. The program was not calculating the tube
expansion length in the TEMA method.

CQ00420801

Corrected a problem with the Maximum Allowable Working


Pressure calculated for a nozzle. Under certain conditions, the
program was using the diameter entered for the nozzle flange
instead of the nozzle cylinder.

CQ00419436

Corrected problem with the channel-to-tubesheet joint. No


warning was being issued when the joint was overstressed.

CQ00419070

Corrected a problem with the program not providing a warning in


the German construction code (AD Mekrbltter) that the number
of load-bearing tubes entered exceeded the total number of
tubes.

CQ00418790

Updated cost parameters for simulation of vessel fabrication to


better correspond with modern cost basis.

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00418548

Corrected problem with the program not using the correct


allowable stress for the flange check of the small hub thickness
calculated as a cylinder.

CQ00417954

Changed the default of the application of factor ft in the


calculation of expanded-and-welded tube to tubesheet joints.
Now the default is 'No'.

CQ00417574

Corrected a problem with the new shell stress analysis caused by


supports per ASME VIII-2. The program was not working
correctly for pressure vessels when the heads were acting as
stiffeners.

CQ00417438

Corrected a problem with body flange design. The program was


not finding a suitable design solution for the front shell flange in a
CET exchanger.

CQ00417372

Nozzle reinforcement MAWP calculation changed from OD to ID


basis and added code to avoid negative reinforcing areas when
program iterates to find the required vessel thickness under
MAWP.

CQ00417210

Corrected a problem with the program not providing a warning to


the User when insufficient number of bolts is used in a flange
design.

CQ00416667

Corrected a problem with the yield stress ratio shown in the


tubesheet design calculations. The value shown was zero when it
should have had a value.

CQ00415972

Simply supported tubesheet design for floating tubesheet


exchangers not using the correct thickness for the secondary
stress cases calculations.

CQ00415952

For U-tube exchangers, modified interpretation of the effect of


the flange operating loads on the U-tube tubesheet.

CQ00415118

Added 1/2" and 3/4" Long Weld Neck (LWN) nozzle geometries
for all flange ratings.

CQ00413562

Changed the transverse load factor in saddle design from 1.5 to 3


following the triangular loading and 2/3 rule derivation.

CQ00413204

Corrected a problem with the tube material tolerance. It was


being incorrectly applied to the tubesheet calculation section.

CQ00413187

Corrected a problem with the global Non Destructive Examination


label for radiography. It was not being changed when the
program automatically selected full radiography due to material
and thickness code requirements.

CQ00413180

Corrected a problem in the TEMA-only tubesheet calculation. The


equivalent bolting pressure in the detail calculations was not
being displayed.

CQ00413088

Added input and output for the tubesheet and baffles tube hole
diameters per TEMA. User can override in input. Fortran based
drawings also reflect this change. Until now program could not
process special close fit tubesheet tube holes.

CQ00412857

Corrected a problem with a warning message being issued


concerning the TEMA tube compressive stresses, but the detail
output not showing a problem.

CQ00412540

Corrected a problem with the material allowable stress calculated


in the CODAP French construction code when using ASME
materials.

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00412407

Corrected a problem with the MDMT calculation. It was not being


calculated for nozzle reinforcement pads when nozzles are located
on kettle cylinders.

CQ00411561

Added ASME 2010 calculation of the tube to tubesheet joint load


Wt.

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1

108

CQ Number

Description

CQ00429781

Corrected a problem with the corroded thicknesses in the thickwall expansion joint calculation.

CQ00429476

Corrected the design pressure used in the tubesheet calculation


during differential pressure design option.

CQ00429231

Corrected the test pressure calculation for low internal pressure


and vacuum pressure on the other side. Calculation was violating
one of the UG-99 provisions.

CQ00429081

Corrected problem with the program ignoring the User request of


not using an expansion joint outer cylinder.

CQ00428841

Corrected setting plans for F and G type shells. The program was
not correctly showing the longitudinal baffles.

CQ00428637

Corrected a stress warning in the tube compressive stress


calculation. The warning should not have been issued.

CQ00428520

Corrected the radius for hub flanges per type VIII-1 fig 2-4(6) in
the fabrication drawings.

CQ00428512

Corrected a problem with the backing ring thickness. The default


result was no longer being used.

CQ00428477

Corrected an issue with the corrosion allowance on body flange


thickness. The program was not adding the corrosion allowance
to the User specified body flange thickness if so indicated in the
costing database file.

CQ00428388

Corrected a problem in the sectional drawing. The backing ring


dimension from the back end was being shown as negative.

CQ00428031

Corrected a problem with the setting plan for an AKS exchanger.


S&T M was showing a fixed tubesheet kettle with shell cover
flanges.

CQ00427936

Corrected a problem with the front shell flange design for a CJU
exchanger. The shell side gasket diameter was lost in the middle
of the calculation resulting in incorrect flange rigidity calculations.

CQ00427860

Corrected a problem with the inputted saddle distance. It was


being ignored by the program thus the Zick stress analysis was
incorrect.

CQ00427743

Corrected a problem with nozzle flanges. The ANSI flange was not
being found by the program due to a units conversion error.

CQ00427388

Corrected a program crash when nozzle ID and thickness is


entered, but not the nozzle OD.

CQ00426124

Corrected a problem with the User-specified tube density. It was


being ignored by the program in the calculation of the exchanger
weights (bundle, empty, etc.).
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CQ Number

Description

CQ00425846

Corrected a problem with the support location. It was being


ignored by the program.

CQ00425708

Corrected a problem with the cover diameters in the German


code (AD). The program was not setting the diameters correctly.

CQ00425301

Corrected problem with the rear head cover dish radius. The input
value was being ignored by the program.

CQ00424817

Corrected a problem with the inputted nozzle corrosion allowance.


It was being ignored by the program under certain conditions.

CQ00424386

Corrected a problem with the lifting lugs reinforcing material. The


program was using it when it was not required.

CQ00424364

Corrected a problem with the design temperature used in


stiffening ring design in SI units.

Aspen Plate Exchanger


(formerly Aspen Plate+)
Product Description
Aspen Plate Exchanger enables the optimum design, rating, and simulation of
plate and frame heat exchangers.

New Features and Enhancements


In release V7.3, support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS
Office 2010 was added.
No enhancements were added in V7.3.1.

Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only)
Aspen Plate Exchanger V7.3.1 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit
operating system and is compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

Compatibility Notes for V7.3.1


Aspen Plate Exchanger V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same time as
V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen Plate Exchanger.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00417464

Fixed hidden Aspen Properties dialog when adding a component

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00416549

Fixed Exchanger Diagram displaying in US units when using Set1,


Set2 or Set3

CQ00407085

Fixed input checking when plate length, surface area and plate
width are all available

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1


No additional fixes were made.

Aspen HTFS Research Network


Product Description
The Aspen HTFS Research Network provides a comprehensive reference to
the science and technology supporting the Aspen HTFS suite of thermal
design programs.
It provides online access to a number of features including:
HTFS Handbook: a comprehensive reference to heat exchanger theory
and practice.
HTFS Design Reports: detailed derivation and comparisons of design
methods; validation of design procedures and description of the technical
methods used in the HTFS programs.
HTFS Research Reports: generated from our extensive research
program since 1971.
HTFS Review Panel: minutes of meetings from the three panels
(Tubular Heat Exchangers, Compact Heat Exchangers and Furnaces
& Fired Heaters) at which Research Network members discuss the ongoing development of software and research before it reaches the wider
customer base, are posted on the website.
HTFS HEATFLO: a bibliographic reference database containing references
to over 120,000 high quality experimental and theoretical research papers
in the field of applied heat transfer and fluid flow relevant to the needs of
the chemical process and power industries.

Searching the Aspen HTFS Research Network


To enable fast and easy retrieval of the relevant information the contents can
be searched using the powerful Google Search Application.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in release V7.3.1.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen HTFS Research Network V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same
time as V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen HTFS Research Network.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00413953

Withdraw HTFS Handbook AM9 - CONCAWE Report No 5/78


because it has been superseded

Aspen MUSE
Product Description
Aspen MUSE performs detailed simulation of multi-stream plate-fin heat
exchangers made from brazed aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium. It can
be used standalone by the thermal specialist for exchanger design or as an
integrated product with AspenTech's steady-state process simulation
program, HYSYS.
When used as a stand-alone program, Aspen MUSE can be used for both first
pass calculations and detailed layer-by-layer analysis to evaluate new uses,
revamps, process conditions and fouling cases. It can also perform full
thermosyphon modeling, where one or more exchanger streams are subject
to natural circulation, as well as crossflow streams.
When integrated with HYSYS, Aspen MUSE provides engineers with the ability
to rigorously model processes that use multi-stream plate-fin heat
exchangers, such as LNG, ethylene, or air separation. It can be used to
identify capital saving opportunities in the overall process configuration.
Bottlenecks can be identified, process improvements modeled for various
process operating scenarios.

New Features and Enhancements


There are no new features or enhancements in release V7.3.1.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen MUSE V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as V7.2.1 and
other previous versions of Aspen MUSE.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


No software fixes were made for V7.3.1.

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Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger


Product Description
Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger (PlateFin) enables you to simulate the performance
of plate-fin heat exchangers, either the large brazed aluminum cores used for
cryogenic duties, with up to 20 process streams, or units in other metals used
for duties at ambient temperatures and above. It also provides facilities for
doing a first shot design of this type of exchanger and for modeling
thermosiphon reboilers.

New Features and Enhancements


The following new features and enhancements were added in either release
V7.3 or V7.3.1:
Export of Process and Physical Properties in a PSF format file [V7.3]
Export of Process and Physical Properties in a MUI format file [V7.3]
Layer Schematic [V7.3]
UA Types [V7.3]
Results Plots [V7.3]
Stream Numbers [V7.3]
Stream Names [V7.3]
Support for MS Windows 7 64-bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32-bit version only) [V7.3]
PlateFin-HYSYS Integration [V7.3.1]

Export of Process and Physical Properties in a PSF


format file
New input was added to Input | Program Options | Calculation Options |
Calculation tab.
The PSF file contains the process and properties information in the current
PlateFin case. It is created in the same directory and with the same name as
the current case, but with the extension PSF instead of EDR.
PSF files can be imported into any other HTFS (EDR) program, using File |
Import.

Export of Process and Physical Properties in a


MUI format file
New input was added to Input | Program Options | Calculation Options |
Calculation tab.
An MUI file is the input file for the heritage MUSE program for plate-fin heat
exchangers. Since PlateFin can open (import) an MUI file, generating an MUI
file to input to MUSE makes it easier to cross-check the two programs and
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transfer data between organizations when one only has MUSE, and the other
only PlateFin.
MUI files are created in the same directory and with the same name as your
current case, but with the extension MUI instead of EDR.
Since PlateFin can handle more geometrically complex exchangers than
MUSE, there might be inconsistencies between the PlateFin and MUSE cases.
It is worthwhile checking that areas and number of layers for each stream are
as expected.
MUI files can only be generated for axial flow exchanger, not crossflow
exchangers.

Layer Schematic
New schematic was added to Input | Exchanger Geometry | Layer Types
tab.
The layer type schematic diagram is a simple representation of all layer types,
showing the location of all layer elements in each type as a series of colored
rectangles. It gives an accurate representation of the specified length of all
layer elements, but the width of the layer types is purely schematic. The
coloration is defined by stream number, as shown in the key. Distributor
elements are shown by rectangles with a cross, as in the following example.

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UA Types
New input was added to Input | Program Options | Thermal Analysis |
Heat Transfer/Pressure Drop tab.
The simple UA value for an exchanger is the heat load divided by the mean
temperature difference between hot and cold streams. Since stream
temperatures depend not only on enthalpy (heat load) but also pressure,
some assumption must be made about how pressure varies between the inlet
and outlet. This assumption often has little effect on the result, but can be
important for two phase streams, particularly single component streams,
when hot to cold temperature differences are small.
Three options are offered for pressure variation:
with Temperature
with Enthalpy
Program (pressure varies with temperature when a stream is not the only
one of a given type (hot or cold), but with enthalpy if it is the only hot or
cold stream)
The real (calculated) UA value for an exchanger is based on individual stream
heat curves, not composites, and on the actual pressure variation of that
stream in the exchanger, not some artificial assumption.
The first two options for Simple UA pressure variation are new in PlateFin
V7.3.1. The third option is what was used in previous versions and in MUSE.
Variation of pressure with enthalpy is the assumption behind UA values in
HYSYS.
The simple UA value is important in Design calculations, which are based on
the composite hot and cold stream curves used in simple UA calculations.
For Simulation and Checking calculations, the UA method is used for the
composite curves which initialize the main calculation but should not affect
the final result. For reference purposes, however, in addition to the real
(calculated) UA value, two simple UA values are output (in the Solution
Overview), one corresponding to the initial duty, and one to the final duty.

Results Plots
Additional tabs added to the results sections to allow plotting of results:
Results | Calculation Details | Stream Details | Stream Plots
Results | Calculation Details | Stream Details | Layer Plots
Results | Calculation Details | Temperature and Qualities |
Temperature and Qualities Plots
Results | Calculation Details | Temperature and Qualities | Plots
across Pattern
Results | Calculation Details | Wall Temperatures | Wall
Temperature Range Plots

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Stream Numbers
New input was added to Input | Exchanger Geometry | Distributors tab.
Redistributors and intermediate distributors are identified by a distributor
number, unlike main inlet and outlet distributors, which are identified by a
stream number. This means that a stream can in principle have multiple
redistributions.
The stream number must therefore be identified for each distributor. In
simple cases with a single redistributor, the distributor number defaults to the
stream number, so the distributor number and the stream number in it are
the same.

Stream Names
New input was added to Input | Problem Definition | Process Data tab.
You can enter a Stream name to help you relate stream number to process
fluids. The name is repeated on various other pages of input or output. When
data are imported from Process Simulators, names from the simulator should
be picked up automatically.

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PlateFin-HYSYS Integration
This new integration with the HYSYS process simulator enables HYSYS users
to simulate a LNG unit operation using rigorous models provided by PlateFin.

The LNG block simulation can be carried out either as stream-by-stream or as


the more detailed layer-by-layer simulation. The availability of the full EDR
User Interface within the HYSYS environment is a significant improvement
because it ensures that full functionality of PlateFin is available to the HYSYS
user.

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Any relevant changes made to the Input information through the EDR
Browser take effect in the HYSYS simulation unless the facility for
disconnecting the PlateFin model from the HYSYS simulation is selected. After
it is disconnected, PlateFin can be used in the design mode or for making any
other off-line changes. The PlateFin model can then be reconnected to the
HYSYS simulation by updating the changes and clearing the check mark; thus
allowing the HYSYS user to continue with the newly designed or modified
plate-fin exchanger geometry.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3.1


Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger V7.3.1 can be installed and used at the same time
as V7.2.1 and other previous versions of Aspen Plate Fin Exchanger.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


CQ Number

Description

CQ00428992

Fixed thermosiphon issue in MUI file import/export

CQ00428105

Fixed graphics problem when more than 15 streams; added


horizontal scroll bar to solution overview

CQ00422764

Fixed a crash when importing a psf file a second time or when


importing a second psf file

CQ00422756

Fixed problem where export to Word/Excel was not exporting all


the data from the Overall Summary

CQ00419617

Corrected several issues in importing PSF file to PlateFin

CQ00418840

Fixed a crash when importing a psf file generated from PlateFin

CQ00413354

Fixed a crash when importing HYSYS or psf to PlateFin

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00411545

Corrected incorrect mass flux output in Simulation modes, and


Nozzle mass flux output for 2-phase, in Design mode

CQ00407591

Added end bar on each end of layer

CQ00398833

Corrected blank stream total acceleration

CQ00381585

Corrected pressure gradients for Hardway Fin calculation using


Easyway Geometry

Whats Fixed in V7.3.1

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Description

CQ00428898

Corrected a problem where temperatures were not being


correctly transferred from Aspen HYSYS to FiredHeater

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Economic Evaluation

The following sections list and describe all of the new features,
enhancements, and software fixes included in this release of Aspen Economic
Evaluation V7.3 and V7.3.1:
Aspen Process Economic Analyzer.
Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator.
Aspen Capital Cost Estimator.
Icarus Evaluation Engine.
Whats Fixed in Supporting Products.

Aspen Process Economic


Analyzer (formerly Aspen
Icarus Process Evaluator)
Product Description
Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (formerly Aspen Icarus Process Evaluator )
provides a window into the economic viability of a particular process or
project. Aspen IPE automatically selects and creates a sized equipment list. It
then develops detailed designs with the associated capital costs and
construction and engineering man-hours. It also produces return-oninvestment (ROI) reports. The equipment list, designs, and ROI reports are all
directly linked to your flowsheet and /or process simulation output.
Most importantly, Aspen Process Economic Analyzer provides these detailed
evaluations of process alternatives early in the life of a project. Aspen Process
Economic Analyzer enables management to focus the engineering process on
business prioritiesby enabling you to integrate business considerations with
sophisticated engineering analysis. With more timely and accurate
engineering information, management can make faster, better informed, and
more confident decisions. Aspen Process Economic Analyzer enables more
effective strategic planning, faster reaction to market developments, and
improved efficiency, which enhances your competitive position.

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Aspen Process Economic Analyzer can work from your sized equipment list or
can size equipment from your simulator-generated heat and material balance.
You can identify the impact of your scope definition on cost and profit early,
quickly, and inexpensively, thereby eliminating the need for expensive change
orders for revisions that typically arise during later design stages.
Pumps, storage tanks, and other offsite equipment are generally disregarded
during process simulation. These and other items can be easily added to your
scope definition using the graphical interface in Aspen Process Economic
Analyzer.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


and V7.3.1
This release includes the following new features, updates, and enhancements:
Capabilities for running multiple Economic Evaluation processes
simultaneously (including Costing Cases within multiple Aspen Plus or
Aspen HYSYS simulations).
A new equipment model for Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment
Storage Tanks.
Pricing updates for the Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM).
Removed default speed from input form for certain centrifugal pumps.
Template support within APEA.
Template support within Integrated Sizing/Costing within Aspen Plus and
Aspen Hysys.
APEA support for stream pricing defined in Aspen Plus.
APEA support for stream pricing defined in HYSYS (V7.3.1).
APEA support for HYSYS power utility (V7.3.1).
Updated Aspen Plus tower packing mappings to APEA.
Improvements to remember selections feature of Reporter.
Remarks cards included in spreadsheet views .
Spreadsheet view created for quoted components.
Diagnostic messages generated when scaling results via ASM do not fall
within min. or max. limits of certain equipment components.
A Weight field has been added to Item options\Material/Manhour additions
form.
A new quantity field has been added to quoted equipment items allowing
non-integer specifications.
Support for data import data from 2nd level (and below) Aspen HYSYS
sub-flowsheets to APEA.
New method for recovering crashed projects.
Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online WinRACE application.
Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature.
Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32 bit version only).
Replace Mapping option now available in the Mapping Interface (V7.3.1).

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Design Criteria changes for compressors (V7.3.1).


V7.3.1 Miscellaneous Integrated Sizing/Costing Improvements.

Run multiple Economic Evaluation


products/processes simultaneously
Users now have the ability to open multiple projects simultaneously from
among any of the three Economic Evaluation programs of the same
version (Process Economic Analyzer, Capital Cost Estimator, and In-Plant
Cost Estimator).
This includes the ability to work on several Aspen Plus and/or HYSYS
costing cases simultaneously.
Multiple Reporter sessions are capable when different project/scenario
names are open. However, neither Excel nor Word support opening
duplicate file names, so reports run in one instance will need to be
renamed before reports of the same type (e.g. Excel reports) are run in
another instance.
In order to support multiple processes, the project iccache location was
changed to capture the project and scenario names (previously only the
project name was used). As an example (for the default installation),
when opening the ETOH Sample Project in V7.3, the new iccache location
will be:
o

\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation


V7.3\Projects\Sample Projects\ETOH.

As a reference the V7.2 location for the same sample project is:
o

\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation


V7.2\Projects\Sample Projects.

Note: The Cached Project Shortcut located in My


Documents\Aspentech\My Economic Evaluation V7.3 Files will still migrate
to:
o

\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation


V7.3\Projects.

This will allow users to select which project cache they want to access
in the event multiple projects are open.

Certain restrictions apply:


o

Opening projects with the same project/scenario name in multiple


instances will not be permitted even if they are in different
applications. An example of this is if the Sample Projects\Gas Plant is
open in ACCE (instance 1) and in another instance (APEA instance 2),
a project with the name Sample Projects\Gas Plant is attempted to be
opened, even if the projects are located in different places. In this
example, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to open a project with a different name.

Saving a project/scenario with the same name as one already open


(even if they are in different applications) will not be permitted. In this
instance, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to save the project with a unique name.

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Although projects and products may be opened and worked on


simultaneously, it is recommended that certain actions be allowed to
complete before activating the same action in a different instance. As
an example, allow a project evaluation (or a mapping/sizing) stage to
complete in instance 1 before performing a project evaluation (or
mapping/sizing) in instance 2.
Note: Instances can be a combination of APEA, ACCE, AICE, and/or
Costing cases within Aspen Plus or Aspen HYSYS.

Opening of Library files in one instance will lock out that particular
library file from being opened in another instance, even if the file is
attempted to be opened in a different product. An example of this is if
in instance 1 (ACCE), the EML IP Sample library is opened, a lock will
be generated which will prevent this library file from being opened in
another instance (e.g. APEA instance 2). The same policy applies to
opening projects located in the same place.

If a target project is opened and another project is opened to be used


as a source project via drag/drop methods, opening of this source
project in another instance will not be supported. In order to open the
source project in another instance, the original target project should
be closed.

Merging of projects unto themselves or merging (or importing) data


from projects open in other sessions is not permitted.

Note: In order to support multiple simultaneous processes, a change was


made in the closing behavior of the ICEdit application (for viewing ccp
reports). Consequently, ICEdit will no longer close when a project is opened
or closed. Previously, any running instances of ICEdit would be shut down
when a project was closed or opened. In order to differentiate between
multiple CCP reports, it is recommended to use unique ccp file names. CCP
file names are defined when a project evaluation is made. In addition, when
multiple ccp reports are opened, the following will display in the status toolbar
(which will disappear when the ICEdit application is shutdown):

Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment


Storage Tank model
A new equipment model has been developed for Cryogenic Double-Walled,
Full Containment Storage Tanks (specific details related to this new model
is presented in the Icarus Evaluation Engine section of this document).
Specific to running this model in APEA since pile specifications are not
available, the following will apply.

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If piles are required (based on soil strength), the system will determine
the piling parameters based on the following parameters:
o

Pile type = 'AUGR', Auger cast pile.

Pile depth = 60 FT.

Pile compressive capacity = Calculated by the system (Min = 50 TONS,


Max = 250 TONS).

Pile spacing = 6 FT (if the required compressive capacity exceeds


250.0 TONS, the spacing will be decreased in 0.5 FT increments to a
minimum of 3.0 FT).

Further piling specifications can be made by opening the saved APEA


project in ACCE or using ACCE layered with APEA from the beginning.

Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM) updates


Pricing updates for the Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM) have been made to
all 89 worldwide locations.

Removed default speed from input form for


certain centrifugal pumps
For the following centrifugal pump models:
o

Standard ANSI single stage pump.

Plastic ANSI single stage pump.

API 610 pump.

General service pump.

Standard ANSI magnetic drive pump.

The input form in the GUI previously showed the default driver speed as
30 x Hz (1800 rpm in US basis). However, if speed was not specified, the
evaluation engine would design the pump for a higher speed if the head
requirements exceeded internally set limits. To better reflect this behavior
the default value was removed from the input form in the GUI. A
descriptive note was added to this field to indicate that the speed varies
with pump head. In the pump head input field, the descriptive note
typically provides the maximum head values for a particular speed.

Integrated simulation and sizing/costing


Costing template support
A new method for creating projects via templates is now available.
Templates are blank projects containing various project level specifications
(the type of specifications that can be made within a template will vary
with the Product used to create the template, i.e. APEA, ACCE, and/or
AICE) without any project components. Thus, all the specifications
available in the project basis view can be defined within the template. As
an example, APEA users can customize component mappings, design
criteria, custom sizing (via Sizing Selection), investment parameters, etc.
based on internal company standards and/or location specific
requirements within a template. The saved template will have an

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extension .izt located in the EE_Templates folder. The saved templates


can then be used while creating a project. This provides an advantage in
that users will not have to enter the same data multiple times for every
project created which simplifies the workflow in setting up project level
specifications. In addition, users may also save existing projects (after
deleting all project components and areas) as templates if valuable project
specifications are to be persisted.
In APEA new File menu options have been added to create New
Templates, Open existing Templates, and to Save As Template (discussed
previously). In addition a new Templates Tab has been added to the right
side palette for easy retrieval of existing templates (shown below):

When templates are opened, the Project and Process View tabs are
disabled because templates do not contain any project components. In
addition, all icons such as Load/Map/Evaluate in the toolbar are disabled
since these operations do not have functions within template mode.
Further information on creating and importing templates into projects can
be found in the User Guide.
Note: Templates created in ACCE containing multiple contractors,
construction workforces, process control, and power distribution
hierarchies can be used when creating APEA projects. However, these
specifications will not be used and the default APEA contractor, PD, PC,
etc. specifications will govern instead.
Integrated sizing and costing users can select desired templates to be
used in via the new costing options form in Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS
before activating costing. The specified template will be used in creating
the costing case.
Note: Specific only to Integrated Sizing and Costing simulations, if
custom sizing methods are defined (via Excel spreadsheets) either in a
template or during Sizing step, the custom model will run silently in the
background and the results will be returned as defined in the spreadsheet.
This is different behavior vs. running custom models within the APEA GUI
where Excel will appear and run interactively for each custom model
defined/selected.

APEA support for stream pricing defined in Aspen


Plus
If stream pricing is defined in Aspen Plus, APEA will automatically retrieve the
pricing data and based on flowsheet convention (process inputs vs. outputs)
will automatically create and assign the data to either the Raw Material or
Product Specifications.

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APEA support for stream pricing defined in HYSYS


(V7.3.1)
If stream pricing is defined in HYSYS, APEA will automatically retrieve the
pricing data and based on flowsheet convention (process inputs vs. outputs)
will automatically create and assign the data to either the Raw Material or
Product Specifications.

APEA support for HYSYS power utility (V7.3.1)


If the Power utility is defined in HYSYS, the data provided will be mapped to
electricity in APEA. Thus, the unit price given in HYSYS will be used as the
basis for all electricity costs in APEA.
Note: if the utility name in HYSYS is changed from Power to a different
name, the mapping will not work as there is no way of being able to associate
the newly created identity.

Updated Aspen Plus tower packing mappings to APEA


The mappings of Aspen Plus tower packing specifications to APEA packings
has been updated. As there are many more packings available in Aspen Plus
than APEA, many packings were mapped to like or similar APEA packings.
Users should review the default mappings and change the specification as
necessary in APEA (or the equipment grid in Aspen Plus).

Improvements to remember selections feature of


Reporter
The Reporter allows users to select and run multiple Standard reports or
Excel reports or Update On Demand reports. These selections can be
retained for future use by clicking the Remember Selections button shown
in the figure below. When Remember Selections is utilized, the selections
are retained and shown the next time the Reporter application is run. In
V7.3, the Reporter will retain the selections in both the product as well as
the project.
In V7.2 and prior versions the selections are cleared once the reports are
displayed. In V7.3 these selections are displayed until the user chooses to
do otherwise.

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Remembering selections product wise: in V7.2 and prior versions, the


Remember Selections feature did not store the selections product-wise
separately and only retained the last selections made amongst all three
Economic Evaluation Products (ACCE, AICE, and APEA). In V7.3, this
limitation has been removed so the Reporter can now retain the selections
made for each of the 3 products separately.
In addition, when the Reporter application is now run on a newly created
project, the last remembered selections (if defined) for that product type,
will be shown by default. Similarly, for an existing unsaved project, the
last remembered selections (if any), for that product type will be shown
by default.
Remembering selections project wise: in V7.3, selections can be
saved project wise as well. The selections will be saved permanently when
the project is saved. When the Reporter is invoked on such a saved
project, the retained selections will be displayed.
Note: Clicking the Remember Selections button will save or update the
selections made within the current report mode (Standard Reports or
Excel Reports or Update On Demand) only. If you want to save or update
the selections for other type of reports then you need to select that report
type and then click on Remember Selections button after selecting the
reports.
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Note: These selections should be cleared before adding or removing any


new custom reports.

Remarks cards are added to spreadsheet view


In the spreadsheet view for Heat Exchanges, Pumps, Compressors, Quoted
Items, Towers and Vessels, two new fields displaying Remarks 1 and Remarks
2 have been added at the end of the list by default.

Display warning message when scaling rules do


not apply due to equipment limits
Warning messages will now be generated after project scaling (via ASM) is
performed notifying users if scaling rules could not be applied to certain
equipment components due to min/max limits on equipment specs being
reached. In the event scaled values fall outside either min. or max.
equipment spec limits, the pre-scaled value is retained. Once an error
condition is met, a user has the option to either stop the scaling operation or
continue. If stop is clicked then further operations based on users selection in
the Decision Analyzer dialog (e.g. evaluation) will not be run. These error
messages are similar to scan errors dialog and will provide users with a listing
of components in which the ASM rules cannot be applied (see example
below). In prior versions, no warning messages were generated giving users
no indication that scaling was not performed on certain components. This lead
to a time consuming task for large projects of having to review each
component to validate proper application of scaling rules.

Spreadsheet View for Quoted Components


In V7.3 the spreadsheet view has been extended to included quoted cost
components. This will enable users to modify COA, material costs, etc. of all
quoted items in one form. A new menu item under View->Spreadsheet View> Quoted Item->All has been added to display the form (example below).

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Weight field on item Options Material/Manhour


additions form
Total weight per item field has been added to the Material and Manhour
Additions form. The Quantity adjustment option on this form will affect the
new weight specification in the same manner it is applied to material cost
and/or labor hours. This field would enable users to account for the weights of
special items to more accurately calculate freight costs.

Specify quantity for Quoted Equipment Items


A new quantity field has been added to Quoted Cost item form which
allows real number specifications. If quantity adjustment option is
specified as Y or unit of measure is ITEMS, then total material cost =
Material cost per unit * Quantity * Number of identical items. A similar
calculation is done for labor hours and weight.

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In the equipment results section of the .ccp report, Quantity will be


displayed in place of Number of identical items. As before, Number of
identical items will be displayed as ITEMS in the left most column.
Previously for quoted bulk item material cost and COA are not displayed in
this block. From V7.3 these two values will also be displayed:

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Due to this addition, there will be significant changes when an old project
having quoted item is opened in V7.3:
o

For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = N


and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
o

For old projects containing quoted items with the Quantity Adjustment
= Y and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
o

Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new


Quantity field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.

Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new


Quantity field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.

For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = Y


and any installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
o

Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new


Quantity field and Number of identical items will be set to
?. This will alert user to specify Number of identical items
since under these conditions, the system cannot interpret
the intent of the specifications. This will alert users
interaction is necessary to complete the evaluation.

Similar behavior will be observed when importing specs file.


Note: When migrating old projects containing Quoted Cost items into EE
V7.3, it is recommended users review the results for these items after the
upgrade. The inclusion of Quoted Cost items into the spreadsheet view
can facilitate this review.
Note: The Number of Identical items field will continue to work the same
way in V7.3/7.3.1 as prior versions. Consider the following examples:
Quoted Cost Item Case 1:
Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank (default) or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 4*2*100 = 800
Labor Hours = 4*2*20 = 160
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 4*Material Cost & 4*Labor Hours
The quantity field does not affect installation bulks material costs or labor
hours regardless of whether Y or N is specified for the Quantity
Adjustment Option.

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Quoted Cost Item Case 2:


Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = N
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 1*100 = 100
Labor Hours = 1*20 = 20
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
When N is specified for the Quantity Adjustment Option, the system will
interpret both the Number of Identical Items and Quantity Field as 1. This
is consistent with the way the Number of Identical Items field has worked
in prior versions.
Quoted Cost Item Case 3:
Number of Identical Items = 1
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 2*100 = 200
Labor Hours = 2*20 = 40
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
Quantity field only affects the material cost and labor hours and has no
effect on the installation bulks.
In V7.3/7.3.1, since the Number of Identical Items specification may be
migrated to the new Quantity field, for quoted items where bulks are specified
and the Quantity Adjustment = Y (or blank), users may need to respecify the
Number of Identical Items Field (= to the migrated value in the Quantity
Field) and re-set the Quantity Field = 1. This will ensure the Number of
Identical Items is multiplied across the installation bulks and provides
consistent results with prior versions. The new Quoted Cost Spreadsheet
view can aid in respecifying such values.

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Import data from 2nd level sub flowsheet from


HYSYS to APEA
Prior to V7.3 data from only one level of a HYSYS sub-flowsheet could be
imported into APEA. A change was made in V7.3 to read data from all subflowsheet levels. The data is correctly transferred if there are no duplicate
stream names and unit op names within all the levels.

New method for recovering crashed projects


A new method for recovering crashed projects has been implemented in V7.3
for all Economic Evaluation products. In prior versions, crashed projects were
recovered by zipping the iccache folder to an archive location specified by the
user. Starting with the V7.2 release, changes were made to file handling
methods to improve performance and support Mega projects. Due to these
changes, the crash/recovery methods previously used were no longer
valid/effective. Thus, a new recovery method has been designed and
employed in V7.3.
A Specs file will now be written to the project iccache folder as a timed event
based on a callback function. A new option is available in the
Backup/Recovery section within Preferences (Timed Recovery) allowing
a time interval to be specified on how often the specs file is to be generated
(the option can also be turned off). When a project crash now occurs, to a
user the recovery procedure will appear the same as previous versions, i.e.
the system will detect a crash upon re-opening the application and the user
will be prompted as to whether the project should be recovered. If the user
selects to recover the project, a new project/scenario name will need to be
specified. Once the project/scenario name is specified, the recovery process
will use the specs file in the iccache folder to regenerate the project. In
addition to recovering components, project specs and any attached PID xml
files will also be recovered.
Note: In the V7.3.1 release, recovery of user specified attributes created
using UserAttributes.exe is supported.
Note: The recovery process is not real time so there may be a time lag
between a crash event and the point at which the recovery was last made.
Upon recovery, users should review the recovered project for any missing
changes/entries to the project. Missing items or specifications will have to be
re-entered in the recovered project. As mentioned, the default recovery is set
at 10 minutes, a shorter duration can be set if deemed necessary.
Note: The recovery process does not recover stream data. If an APEA project
crashes and the recovery process is used to recover components, the stream
data will not be recovered. If this situation arises, in the recovered project,
ensure the correct simulation file is selected and reload the data. The stream
data will now be available.

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Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online


WinRACE application
The link with WinRACE has been updated in V7.3 allowing users to link with
either WinRACE 8.0 or 9.0. If both versions are installed, only a link to
WinRACE 9.0 will be active.

Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature


Due to lack of use, the Automatic Item Evaluation feature has been removed
from the Tools\Options menu and is no longer available.

Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32 bit version only)
APEA V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit operating system and is
compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).

Replace Mapping option now available in the


Mapping Interface (V7.3.1)
A new button has been added to the Mapping User Interface, Replace
Mapping to expedite mapping changes between simulator unit ops and APEA
components. Previously, mapping changes would first require a delete of the
existing mapping, then another action to define the new mapping. Now, by
using the replace mapping, the workflow is simplified to a single step.

Design Criteria changes for compressors (V7.3.1)


The design criteria for calculating the design pressure of compressors has
been updated. In prior versions, values were added to the operating
pressures found in the simulators to calculate the inlet and outlet design
pressures for compressors. For low compression ratio machines, this often
resulted in the same inlet and outlet design pressures which generates engine
errors/warnings. The inlet and outlet design pressure fields on the compressor
input forms are ideally analogous to the inlet and outlet pressures found in
the simulator unit ops/streams data, i.e. operating pressures. Thus, the data
should be taken as is and no additional calculations are needed. This has been
corrected in V7.3.1 and for compressors ONLY, all the Parameter A & B values
in the design criteria for pressure have been set to 0. This will then return
compressor inlet and outlet design pressures = to the inlet and outlet
simulator operating pressures.

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V7.3.1 Miscellaneous Integrated Sizing/Costing


Improvements
After mapping/sizing components, if during a costing evaluation, a
component returns an error indicating it cannot be evaluated, no costing
results are available for that component. However, if the same component
was estimated previously without an error and costing values were
returned, any subsequent run of the component with the error condition
would return the last successful cost value in the equipment results. This
would indicate the pricing is not being updated even though some
parameters may have been adjusted. To be clear, the reason why the cost
does not change is due to the error condition and is not necessarily a
costing defect. A change has been made in V7.3.1 that will clear the
system for components in error and blanks will be shown in the equipment
grid results instead of the previously estimated value. Users should be
aware of any error messages (or blanks) that are present in the
equipment grid results form that are returned by the costing engine.
In some instances, when activating the Interactive Sizing Interface from
the component form, a loss of focus for the new interface would occur and
it would appear behind the main interface GUI. This has been corrected
and now when Interactive Sizing is activated the new window will appear
in front of the main interface.
The criteria for determining the placement of cooling water and steam
utilities in heat exchangers has been updated. As a default, when cooling
water or steam are used as utilities in heat exchangers, their placement
will be on the tubeside.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release includes a number of software fixes that further improve the
product.
Aspen Economic Evaluation includes a number of software fixes that further
improve the product. Selected fixes contained in EEV7.3.1 products are listed
below. This following list contains a subset of all the corrections included in
EEV7.3.1.

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00428953

V7.3: Temporary files remain in projects cache folder after shutting


down APEA

CQ00428373

V7.3 Beta - Issues with costing integration in Aspen Plus

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00429925

Design Criteria Pressure calculation should be changed for


compressors

CQ00425673

duplicate equipment items created when you revisit the map items
form during integrated economic analysis

CQ00422158

Dot and comma Aspen Costing Summary

CQ00410165

New Power utility in HYSYS V7.2 not recognized in APEA V7.2 &
correct electricity utility coming from Aspen+

CQ00295601

need error message for inputs that are less than minimum for tube
length extended value

CQ00322921

No results become available in the middle pane after evaluate


sample project in IPE

CQ00407464

V7.2.1: 'Auto Map' button is disabled if open the IZP file created in
ICS (with 'autom map streams to lines' option selected during
mapping)

CQ00411314

Incorrect conversion to gauge pressure when custom input units


defined

CQ00412596

Cannot run MSHE Custom Model

CQ00414592

Custom Unit conversion is not occurring when custom model is run.

CQ00415461

Total PJ cost result is different by Basic Eng start date

CQ00418002

HYSYS heat exchanger streams reversed when imported into APEA

CQ00423827

European Mechanical Design Code (EN 13445) not available in APEA

Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator


(formerly Aspen Icarus Project
Manager)
Product Description
Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Icarus Project Manager) is a
fully-integrated design, estimating, scheduling, cost tracking, and reporting
system for plant expansions, renovations, revamps, and retrofits. Aspen InPlant Cost Estimator is the only one of its kind that provides a complete
precedence network through an embedded interface to Primavera's Project
Planner - P3 for Windows, a premier scheduling package for the
Engineering and Construction market. Use Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator to
reduce risk in maintenance turnaround planning and maximize the return-oninvestment (ROI) of capital expenditures.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Capabilities for running multiple Economic Evaluation processes
simultaneously.
A new equipment model for Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment
Storage Tanks.
Removed default speed from input form for certain centrifugal pumps.
Template support within AICE.
Galvanized steel cost is now customizable through the external steel file.
Improvements to remember selections feature of Reporter.
Remarks cards included in spreadsheet views.
Spreadsheet view created for quoted components.
A Weight field has been added to Item options\Material/Manhour additions
form.
A new quantity field has been added to quoted equipment items allowing
non-integer specifications.
Zick analysis option for horizontal tanks and shell & tube heat exchangers
on saddle supports.
New method for recovering crashed projects.
Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online WinRACE application.
Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature.
Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32 bit version only).

Run multiple Economic Evaluation


products/processes simultaneously
Users now have the ability to open multiple projects simultaneously from
among any of the three Economic Evaluation programs of the same
version (Process Economic Analyzer, Capital Cost Estimator, and In-Plant
Cost Estimator).
Multiple Reporter sessions are capable when different project/scenario
names are open. However, neither Excel nor Word support opening
duplicate file names, so reports run in one instance will need to be
renamed before reports of the same type (e.g. Excel reports) are run in
another instance.
In order to support multiple processes, the project iccache location was
changed to capture the project and scenario names (previously only the
project name was used). As an example (for the default installation),
when opening the Refit Sample Project in V7.3, the new iccache location
will be:
o

\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation


V7.3\Projects\Sample Projects\Refit

As a reference the V7.2 location for the same sample project is:
o

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\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation


V7.2\Projects\Sample Projects
Economic Evaluation

Note: The Cached Project Shortcut located in My


Documents\Aspentech\My Economic Evaluation V7.3. Files will still
migrate to:
\Local Settings\Application Data\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
V7.3\Projects
This will allow users to select which project cache they want to access in
the event multiple projects are open.
Certain restrictions apply:
o

Opening projects with the same project/scenario name in multiple


instances will not be permitted even if they are in different
applications. An example of this is if the Sample Projects\Gas Plant is
open in ACCE (instance 1) and in another instance (AICE instance 2), a
project with the name Sample Projects\Gas Plant is attempted to be
opened, even if the projects are located in different places. In this
example, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to open a project with a different name.

Saving a project/scenario with the same name as one already open


(even if they are in different applications) will not be permitted. In this
instance, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to save the project with a unique name.

Although projects and products may be opened and worked on


simultaneously, it is recommended that certain actions be allowed to
complete before activating the same action in a different instance. As
an example, allow a project evaluation (or a mapping/sizing) stage to
complete in instance 1 before performing a project evaluation (or
mapping/sizing) in instance 2.

Note: Instances can be a combination of APEA, ACCE, AICE, and/or


Costing cases within Aspen Plus or Aspen HYSYS.
o

Opening of Library files in one instance will lock out that particular
library file from being opened in another instance, even if the file is
attempted to be opened in a different product. An example of this is if
in instance 1 (ACCE), the EML IP Sample library is opened, a lock will
be generated which will prevent this library file from being opened in
another instance (e.g. AICE instance 2). The same policy applies to
opening projects located in the same place.

If a target project is opened and another project is opened to be used


as a source project via drag/drop methods, opening of this source
project in another instance will not be supported. In order to open the
source project in another instance, the original target project should
be closed.

Merging of projects unto themselves or merging (or importing) data


from projects open in other sessions is not permitted.

Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment


Storage Tank model
A new equipment model has been developed for Cryogenic Double-Walled,
Full Containment Storage Tanks (specific details related to this new model
is presented in the Icarus Evaluation Engine section of this document).

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Specific to running this model in AICE since pile specifications are not
available, the following will apply.
If piles are required (based on soil strength), the system will determine
the piling parameters based on the following parameters:
o

Pile type = 'AUGR', Auger cast pile.

Pile depth = 60 FT.

Pile compressive capacity = Calculated by the system (Min = 50 TONS,


Max = 250 TONS).

Pile spacing = 6 FT (if the required compressive capacity exceeds


250.0 TONS, the spacing will be decreased in 0.5 FT increments to a
minimum of 3.0 FT).

Costing template support


A new method for creating projects via templates is now available.
Templates are blank projects containing various project level specifications
(the type of specifications that can be made within a template will vary
with the Product used to create the template, i.e. APEA, ACCE, and/or
AICE) without any project components. Thus, all the specifications
available in the project basis view can be defined within the template. As
an example, AICE users can customize craft rates, project level standard
basis information, etc. based on internal company standards and/or
location specific requirements within a template. The saved template will
have an extension .izt located in the EE_Templates folder. The saved
templates can then be used while creating a project. This provides an
advantage in that users will not have to enter the same data multiple
times for every project created which simplifies the workflow in setting up
project level specifications. In addition, users may also save existing
projects (after deleting all project components and areas) as templates if
valuable project specifications are to be persisted.
In AICE new File menu options have been added to create New Templates,
Open existing Templates, and to Save As Template (discussed previously).
In addition a new Templates Tab has been added to the right side palette
for easy retrieval of existing templates (shown below):

When templates are opened, the Project and Process View tabs are
disabled because templates do not contain any project components. In
addition, all icons such as Load/Map/Evaluate in the toolbar are disabled
since these operations do not have functions within template mode.
Further information on creating and importing templates into projects can
be found in the User Guide.
Note: Templates created in ACCE containing multiple contractors,
construction workforces, process control, and power distribution hierarchies
can be used when creating AICE projects. However, these specifications will
not be used and the default AICE contractor, PD, PC, etc. specifications will
govern instead.

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Galvanized steel cost is now customizable


through the external steel file
Galvanized steel added cost per unit weight has been added to the
external steel file:

The default value of the cost adder will be 0.


If any old project from V7.2 or V7.2.1 has an external steel file attached
to it, the file will be updated and the cost adder item (item#15) will be
added to the file.
When users select Galvanized finish for steel AND when they select
external steel file, the cost per unit weight of galvanized steel will include
the cost adder specified in external steel file.
Example:

1. Users have selected the default file and changed the


Galvanized steel added cost to .10 $/lb
2. If painted finish is selected, cost of Ladders without cage
will be 1 $/lb
3. If galvanized finish is selected cost of Ladders without cage
will be 1.10 $/lb

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Removed default speed from input form for


certain centrifugal pumps
For the following centrifugal pump models:
Standard ANSI single stage pump.
Plastic ANSI single stage pump.
API 610 pump.
General service pump.
Standard ANSI magnetic drive pump.
The input form in the GUI previously showed the default driver speed as 30 x
Hz (1800 rpm in US basis). However, if speed was not specified, the
evaluation engine would design the pump for a higher speed if the head
requirements exceeded internally set limits. To better reflect this behavior the
default value was removed from the input form in the GUI. A descriptive note
was added to this field to indicate that the speed varies with pump head. In
the pump head input field, the descriptive note typically provides the
maximum head values for a particular speed.

Improvements to remember selections feature of


Reporter
The Reporter allows users to select and run multiple Standard reports or
Excel reports or Update On Demand reports. These selections can be
retained for future use by clicking the Remember Selections button shown
in the figure below. When Remember Selections is utilized, the selections
are retained and shown the next time the Reporter application is run. In
V7.3, the Reporter will retain the selections in both the product as well as
the project.
In V7.2 and prior versions the selections are cleared once the reports are
displayed. In V7.3 these selections are displayed until the user chooses to
do otherwise.

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Remembering selections product wise: in V7.2 and prior versions,


the Remember Selections feature did not store the selections product-wise
separately and only retained the last selections made amongst all three
Economic Evaluation Products (ACCE, AICE, and APEA). In V7.3, this
limitation has been removed so the Reporter can now retain the selections
made for each of the 3 products separately.
In addition, when the Reporter application is now run on a newly created
project, the last remembered selections (if defined) for that product type,
will be shown by default. Similarly, for an existing unsaved project, the
last remembered selections (if any), for that product type will be shown
by default.
Remembering selections project wise: in V7.3, selections can be
saved project wise as well. The selections will be saved permanently when
the project is saved. When the Reporter is invoked on such a saved
project, the retained selections will be displayed.

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Note: Clicking the Remember Selections button will save or update the
selections made within the current report mode (Standard Reports or
Excel Reports or Update On Demand) only. If you want to save or update
the selections for other type of reports then you need to select that report
type and then click on Remember Selections button after selecting the
reports.
Note: These selections should be cleared before adding or removing any
new custom reports.

Remarks cards are added to spreadsheet view


In the spreadsheet view for Heat Exchanges, Pumps, Compressors, Quoted
Items, Towers and Vessels, two new fields displaying Remarks 1 and Remarks
2 have been added at the end of the list by default.

Spreadsheet View for Quoted Components


In V7.3 the spreadsheet view has been extended to included quoted cost
components. This will enable users to modify COA, material costs, etc. of all
quoted items in one form. A new menu item under View->Spreadsheet View> Quoted Item->All has been added to display the form (example below).

Weight field on item Options Material/Manhour


additions form
Total weight per item field has been added to the Material and Manhour
Additions form. The Quantity adjustment option on this form will affect the
new weight specification in the same manner it is applied to material cost
and/or labor hours. This field would enable users to account for the weights of
special items to more accurately calculate freight costs.

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Specify quantity for Quoted Equipment Items


A new quantity field has been added to Quoted Cost item form which
allows real number specifications. If quantity adjustment option is
specified as Y or unit of measure is ITEMS, then total material cost =
Material cost per unit * Quantity * Number of identical items. A similar
calculation is done for labor hours and weight.

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In the component item summary standard report, Key Quantity will be


displayed as Quantity*Number of identical items. In the example below,
the Quantity for COA 682 = 4 and the Number of Identical Items = 2:

Due to this addition, there will be significant changes when an old project
having quoted item is opened in V7.3:
1. For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = N
and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
a. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new
Quantity field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.
2. For old projects containing quoted items with the Quantity Adjustment
= Y and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
3. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new Quantity
field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.
4. For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = Y
and any installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
5. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new Quantity
field and Number of identical items will be set to ?. This will alert
user to specify Number of identical items since under these conditions,
the system cannot interpret the intent of the specifications. This will
alert users interaction is necessary to complete the evaluation.
6. Similar behavior will be observed when importing specs file.
Note: When migrating old projects containing Quoted Cost items into EE
V7.3, it is recommended users review the results for these items after the
upgrade. The inclusion of Quoted Cost items into the spreadsheet view can
facilitate this review.
Note: The Number of Identical items field will continue to work the same
way in V7.3/7.3.1 as prior versions. Consider the following examples:
Quoted Cost Item Case 1:
Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank (default) or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20

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Results:
Material Cost = 4*2*100 = 800
Labor Hours = 4*2*20 = 160
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 4*Material Cost & 4*Labor Hours
The quantity field does not affect installation bulks material costs or labor
hours regardless of whether Y or N is specified for the Quantity
Adjustment Option.
Quoted Cost Item Case 2:
Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = N
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 1*100 = 100
Labor Hours = 1*20 = 20
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
When N is specified for the Quantity Adjustment Option, the system will
interpret both the Number of Identical Items and Quantity Field as 1. This
is consistent with the way the Number of Identical Items field has worked
in prior versions.
Quoted Cost Item Case 3:
Number of Identical Items = 1
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 2*100 = 200
Labor Hours = 2*20 = 40
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
Quantity field only affects the material cost and labor hours and has no
effect on the installation bulks.

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In V7.3/7.3.1, since the Number of Identical Items specification may be


migrated to the new Quantity field, for quoted items where bulks are specified
and the Quantity Adjustment = Y (or blank), users may need to respecify the
Number of Identical Items Field (= to the migrated value in the Quantity
Field) and re-set the Quantity Field = 1. This will ensure the Number of
Identical Items is multiplied across the installation bulks and provides
consistent results with prior versions. The new Quoted Cost Spreadsheet
view can aid in respecifying such values.

Zick analysis option for horizontal tanks and shell


& tube heat exchangers on saddle supports
An option has been added to Design basis Equipment specs to enable Zick
analysis for horizontal vessels and shell & tube heat exchangers installed on
saddle supports. This analysis takes into account stresses due to vessel
weight at the saddle support with potential modification of vessel wall
thickness determined from pressure considerations. For certain long
horizontal tanks with low design pressure, the thickness determined by Zick
analysis may be controlling (i.e. greater than the thickness determined by
pressure). This method is not used by default and users will have to select it
explicitly in the design basis if this analysis is desired. Once selected,
differences in shell wall thickness may result for horizontal tanks and shell &
tube heat exchangers, corresponding to differences in weight and cost.

New method for recovering crashed projects


A new method for recovering crashed projects has been implemented in V7.3
for all Economic Evaluation products. In prior versions, crashed projects were
recovered by zipping the iccache folder to an archive location specified by the
user. Starting with the V7.2 release, changes were made to file handling
methods to improve performance and support Mega projects. Due to these
changes, the crash/recovery methods previously used were no longer
valid/effective. Thus, a new recovery method has been designed and
employed in V7.3.
A Specs file will now be written to the project iccache folder as a timed event
based on a callback function. A new option is available in the
Backup/Recovery section within Preferences (Timed Recovery) allowing
a time interval to be specified on how often the specs file is to be generated
(the option can also be turned off). When a project crash now occurs, to a
user the recovery procedure will appear the same as previous versions, i.e.
the system will detect a crash upon re-opening the application and the user
will be prompted as to whether the project should be recovered. If the user
selects to recover the project, a new project/scenario name will need to be
specified. Once the project/scenario name is specified, the recovery process
will use the specs file in the iccache folder to regenerate the project. In
addition to recovering components, project specs will also be recovered.
Note: In the V7.3.1 release, recovery of user specified attributes created
using UserAttributes.exe is supported.

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Note: The recovery process is not real time so there may be a time lag
between a crash event and the point at which the recovery was last made.
Upon recovery, users should review the recovered project for any missing
changes/entries to the project. Missing items or specifications will have to be
re-entered in the recovered project. As mentioned, the default recovery is set
at 10 minutes, a shorter duration can be set if deemed necessary.

Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online


WinRACE application
The link with WinRACE has been updated in V7.3 allowing users to link with
either WinRACE 8.0 or 9.0. If both versions are installed, only a link to
WinRACE 9.0 will be active.

Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature


Due to lack of use, the Automatic Item Evaluation feature has been removed
from the Tools\Options menu and is no longer available.

Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32 bit version only)
AICE V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit operating system and is
compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).
Note: The Manpower Productivity Expert (MPE) will not run under any 64-bit
operating system (see Known Issues section of this document).

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release includes the following software fixes that further improve the
product.
Aspen Economic Evaluation includes a number of software fixes that further
improve the product. Selected fixes contained in EEV7.3.1 products are listed
below. This following list contains a subset of all the corrections included in
EEV7.3.1.
CQ Number

Description

CQ00403631

Cartridge filter costing the same for cs or ss material

CQ00409266

AICE/ACCE user guide needs to be updated for Primavera Installation


and database configuration information

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Aspen Capital Cost Estimator


(formerly Aspen Kbase)
Product Description
Aspen Capital Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Kbase) is the state-of-the-art,
fully integrated design, estimating and scheduling system designed to help
you evaluate the capital cost of process plants and mills worldwidequickly,
accurately and early in the project life cycle.
Using as little information as your list of sized equipment and a general
arrangement of your project, Aspen Capital Cost Estimator develops a
complete, detailed engineering, procurement and construction estimate and
critical path method (CPM) schedule. Because Aspen Capital Cost Estimator
automatically performs mechanical designs for equipment and bulks, using
self-contained international design, estimating, and scheduling procedures,
you have the accurate, detailed answers you need at the 3-5% stage of
engineering.
With Aspen Capital Cost Estimator, you profit from early information. You can
evaluate projects during the preliminary design phase, evaluate projects
during the design and construction phases, and evaluate process/project
design alternatives. You can evaluate scope changes, bid tabs, vendor quotes,
change orders, as well as offer new services with current resources, making
use of time saved by Aspen Capital Cost Estimator.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Run multiple economic evaluation projects simultaneously.
Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM) updates.
Removed default speed from input form for certain centrifugal pumps.
Costing Template support.
Improvements to remember selections feature of Reporter.
Remarks cards are added to spreadsheet view.
Display warning message when scaling rules do not apply due to max
equipment limits.
Spreadsheet view for quoted components.
Weight field on item options material/manhour additions form.
Specific quantity for quoted equipment items.
A new field has been added to the module form called Equipment bracing
allowance (Percent).
The shipping acceleration fields and calculations for bargeable modules
have been enhanced for ocean shipping.
Galvanized steel cost is now customizable through the external steel file.
Interface changes for API users.
Removal of Batch Import Feature.
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Zick analysis option for horizontal tanks and shell & tube heat exchangers
on saddle supports.
New method for recovering crashed projects.
Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online WinRACE application.
Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature.
Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating System and MS Office 2010
(32 bit version only).

Run multiple Economic Evaluation


products/processes simultaneously
Users now have the ability to open multiple projects simultaneously from
among any of the three Economic Evaluation programs of the same
version (Process Economic Analyzer, Capital Cost Estimator, and In-Plant
Cost Estimator).
This includes the ability to work on several Aspen Plus and/or HYSYS
costing cases simultaneously.
Multiple Reporter sessions are capable when different project/scenario
names are open. However, neither Excel nor Word support opening
duplicate file names, so reports run in one instance will need to be
renamed before reports of the same type (e.g. Excel reports) are run in
another instance.
Certain restrictions apply:
o

Opening projects with the same project/scenario name in multiple


instances will not be permitted even if they are in different
applications. An example of this is if the Sample Projects\Gas Plant is
open in ACCE (instance 1) and in another instance (APEA instance 2),
a project with the name Sample Projects\Gas Plant is attempted to be
opened, even if the projects are located in different places. In this
example, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to open a project with a different name.

Saving a project/scenario with the same name as one already open


(even if they are in different applications) will not be permitted. In this
instance, an error message will be generated either to close the
original project/scenario or to save the project with a unique name.

Although projects and products may be opened and worked on


simultaneously, it is recommended that certain actions be allowed to
complete before activating the same action in a different instance. As
an example, allow a project evaluation (or a mapping/sizing) stage to
complete in instance 1 before performing a project evaluation (or
mapping/sizing) in instance 2.

Note: Instances can be a combination of APEA, ACCE, AICE, and/or


Costing cases within Aspen Plus or Aspen HYSYS.
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Opening of Library files in one instance will lock out that particular
library file from being opened in another instance, even if the file is
attempted to be opened in a different product. An example of this is if
in instance 1 (ACCE), the EML IP Sample library is opened, a lock will
be generated which will prevent this library file from being opened in

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another instance (e.g. APEA instance 2). The same policy applies to
opening projects located in the same place.
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If a target project is opened and another project is opened to be used


as a source project via drag/drop methods, opening of this source
project in another instance will not be supported. In order to open the
source project in another instance, the original target project should
be closed.

Merging of projects unto themselves or merging (or importing) data


from projects open in other sessions is not permitted.

Note: In order to support multiple simultaneous processes, a change was


made in the closing behavior of the ICEdit application (for viewing ccp
reports). Consequently, ICEdit will no longer close when a project is
opened or closed. Previously, any running instances of ICEdit would be
shut down when a project was closed or opened. In order to differentiate
between multiple CCP reports, it is recommended to use unique ccp file
names. CCP file names are defined when a project evaluation is made. In
addition, when multiple ccp reports are opened, the following will display
in the status toolbar (which will disappear when the ICEdit application is
shutdown):

Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM) updates


Pricing updates for the Analyzer Relocation Module (ARM) have been made to
all 89 worldwide locations.

Removed default speed from input form for


certain centrifugal pumps
For the following centrifugal pump models:
Standard ANSI single stage pump.
Plastic ANSI single stage pump.
API 610 pump.
General service pump.
Standard ANSI magnetic drive pump.
The input form in the GUI previously showed the default driver speed as 30 x
Hz (1800 rpm in US basis). However, if speed was not specified, the
evaluation engine would design the pump for a higher speed if the head
requirements exceeded internally set limits. To better reflect this behavior the
default value was removed from the input form in the GUI. A descriptive note
was added to this field to indicate that the speed varies with pump head. In
the pump head input field, the descriptive note typically provides the
maximum head values for a particular speed.

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Costing template support


A new method for creating projects via templates is now available.
Templates are blank projects containing various project level specifications
(the type of specifications that can be made within a template will vary
with the Product used to create the template, i.e. APEA, ACCE, and/or
AICE) without any project components. Thus, all the specifications
available in the project basis view can be defined within the template. As
an example, ACCE users can customize craft rates, construction,
engineering work forces, contractors, project level standard basis
information, etc. based on internal company standards and/or location
specific requirements within a template. The saved template will have an
extension .izt located in the EE_Templates folder. The saved templates
can then be used while creating a project. This provides an advantage in
that users will not have to enter the same data multiple times for every
project created which simplifies the workflow in setting up project level
specifications. In addition, users may also save existing projects (after
deleting all project components and areas) as templates if valuable project
specifications are to be persisted.
In ACCE new File menu options have been added to create New
Templates, Open existing Templates, and to Save As Template (discussed
previously). In addition a new Templates Tab has been added to the right
side palette for easy retrieval of existing templates (shown below):

When templates are opened, the Project and Process View tabs are
disabled because templates do not contain any project components. In
addition, all icons such as Load/Map/Evaluate in the toolbar are disabled
since these operations do not have functions within template mode.
Further information on creating and importing templates into projects can
be found in the User Guide.

Improvements to remember selections feature of


Reporter
The Reporter allows users to select and run multiple Standard reports or
Excel reports or Update On Demand reports. These selections can be
retained for future use by clicking the Remember Selections button shown
in the figure below. When Remember Selections is utilized, the selections
are retained and shown the next time the Reporter application is run. In
V7.3, the Reporter will retain the selections in both the product as well as
the project.
In V7.2 and prior versions the selections are cleared once the reports are
displayed. In V7.3 these selections are displayed until the user chooses to
do otherwise.

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Remembering selections product wise: in V7.2 and prior versions,


the Remember Selections feature did not store the selections product-wise
separately and only retained the last selections made amongst all three
Economic Evaluation Products (ACCE, AICE, and APEA). In V7.3, this
limitation has been removed so the Reporter can now retain the selections
made for each of the 3 products separately.
In addition, when the Reporter application is now run on a newly created
project, the last remembered selections (if defined) for that product type,
will be shown by default. Similarly, for an existing unsaved project, the
last remembered selections (if any), for that product type will be shown
by default.
Remembering selections project wise: in V7.3, selections can be
saved project wise as well. The selections will be saved permanently when
the project is saved. When the Reporter is invoked on such a saved
project, the retained selections will be displayed.
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Note: Clicking the Remember Selections button will save or update the
selections made within the current report mode (Standard Reports or
Excel Reports or Update On Demand) only. If you want to save or update
the selections for other type of reports then you need to select that report
type and then click on Remember Selections button after selecting the
reports.
Note: These selections should be cleared before adding or removing any
new custom reports.

Remarks cards are added to spreadsheet view


In the spreadsheet view for Heat Exchanges, Pumps, Compressors, Quoted
Items, Towers and Vessels, two new fields displaying Remarks 1 and Remarks
2 have been added at the end of the list by default.

Display warning message when scaling rules do


not apply due to equipment limits
Warning messages will now be generated after project scaling (via ASM) is
performed notifying users if scaling rules could not be applied to certain
equipment components due to min/max limits on equipment specs being
reached. In the event scaled values fall outside either min. or max.
equipment spec limits, the pre-scaled value is retained. Once an error
condition is met, a user has the option to either stop the scaling operation or
continue. If stop is clicked then further operations based on users selection in
the Decision Analyzer dialog (e.g. evaluation) will not be run. These error
messages are similar to scan errors dialog and will provide users with a listing
of components in which the ASM rules cannot be applied (see example
below). In prior versions, no warning messages were generated giving users
no indication that scaling was not performed on certain components. This lead
to a time consuming task for large projects of having to review each
component to validate proper application of scaling rules.

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Spreadsheet View for Quoted Components


In V7.3 the spreadsheet view has been extended to included quoted cost
components. This will enable users to modify COA, material costs, etc. of all
quoted items in one form. A new menu item under View->Spreadsheet View> Quoted Item->All has been added to display the form (example below).

Weight field on item Options Material/Manhour


additions form
Total weight per item field has been added to the Material and Manhour
Additions form. The Quantity adjustment option on this form will affect the
new weight specification in the same manner it is applied to material cost
and/or labor hours. This field would enable users to account for the weights of
special items to more accurately calculate freight costs.

Specify quantity for Quoted Equipment Items


A new quantity field has been added to Quoted Cost item form which
allows real number specifications. If quantity adjustment option is
specified as Y or unit of measure is ITEMS, then total material cost =
Material cost per unit * Quantity * Number of identical items. A similar
calculation is done for labor hours and weight.

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In the equipment results section of the .ccp report, Quantity will be


displayed in place of Number of identical items. As before, Number of
identical items will be displayed as ITEMS in the left most column.
Previously for quoted bulk item material cost and COA are not displayed in
this block. From V7.3 these two values will also be displayed:

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Due to this addition, there will be significant changes when an old project
having quoted item is opened in V7.3:
1. For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = N
and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
a. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new
Quantity field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.
2. For old projects containing quoted items with the Quantity Adjustment
= Y and no installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
3. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new Quantity
field and Number of identical items will be set to 1.
4. For old projects containing quoted items with Quantity Adjustment = Y
and any installation bulks specified, the following will occur when
migrated to V7.3:
5. Number of identical items value will be migrated to the new Quantity
field and Number of identical items will be set to ?. This will alert
user to specify Number of identical items since under these conditions,
the system cannot interpret the intent of the specifications. This will
alert users interaction is necessary to complete the evaluation.
6. Similar behavior will be observed when importing specs file.
Note: When migrating old projects containing Quoted Cost items into EE
V7.3, it is recommended users review the results for these items after the
upgrade. The inclusion of Quoted Cost items into the spreadsheet view
can facilitate this review.
Note: The Number of Identical items field will continue to work the same
way in V7.3/7.3.1 as prior versions. Consider the following examples:
Quoted Cost Item Case 1:
Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank (default) or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 4*2*100 = 800
Labor Hours = 4*2*20 = 160
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 4*Material Cost & 4*Labor Hours
The quantity field does not affect installation bulks material costs or labor
hours regardless of whether Y or N is specified for the Quantity
Adjustment Option.

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Quoted Cost Item Case 2:


Number of Identical Items = 4
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = N
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 1*100 = 100
Labor Hours = 1*20 = 20
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
When N is specified for the Quantity Adjustment Option, the system will
interpret both the Number of Identical Items and Quantity Field as 1. This
is consistent with the way the Number of Identical Items field has worked
in prior versions.
Quoted Cost Item Case 3:
Number of Identical Items = 1
Quantity = 2
UOM = ITEMS (default)
Quantity Adjustment Option = blank or Y
Material Cost per Unit = 100
Labor hours per Unit = 20
Results:
Material Cost = 2*100 = 200
Labor Hours = 2*20 = 40
Installation Bulks (Material and Labor) = 1*Material Cost & 1*Labor Hours
Quantity field only affects the material cost and labor hours and has no
effect on the installation bulks.
In V7.3/7.3.1, since the Number of Identical Items specification may be
migrated to the new Quantity field, for quoted items where bulks are specified
and the Quantity Adjustment = Y (or blank), users may need to respecify the
Number of Identical Items Field (= to the migrated value in the Quantity
Field) and re-set the Quantity Field = 1. This will ensure the Number of
Identical Items is multiplied across the installation bulks and provides
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Equipment bracing allowance specification


A new field has been added to the area module form providing users with a
means of specifying an allowance for temporary equipment bracing used
during shipping. This field applies only to truckable and bargeable modules
and the default is set to 10% of the steel weight for truckable modules and
5% of the steel weight for bargeable modules.

Shipping acceleration fields and calculations for


bargeable modules have been enhanced for ocean
shipping
The shipping horizontal acceleration field was changed to transverse
shipping acceleration on the area module form. Module specifications
made in ACCE V7.2 using the area horizontal acceleration field will get
migrated to the transverse field when these projects are opened in V7.3.
A longitudinal and vertical shipping acceleration field was added to the
area modules form.
A season drop down menu was added to the area modules form allowing
specification options for selecting shipping season.
A route drop down menu was added to the area modules form containing
15 worldwide shipping route possibilities.
These specifications work in conjunction with each other:
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When a BRGM module type is selected; selected season, route, and


module height (tallest module of 4 will govern) will enable calculation
of the shipping acceleration fields. Thus, based on these selections,
accelerations values will automatically be calculated.

The shipping acceleration determined by the system are good for initial
estimates when no other information or data is available. To fine tune the
estimate using more accurate acceleration coefficients, it is recommended
that a naval architect be consulted to determine the particular barge type,
season, shipping route, and module height. The shipping accelerations
provided by the naval architect may be inputted into the acceleration
fields to override the defaults given by ACCE.
Note: In V7.3.1, for each defined truckable or bargeable sub-module a
separate weight report is now produced. The title of these sub-module weight
reports include the sub-module type and number (e.g. BRGM-1, BRGM-2,
BRGM-3, BRGM-4, TRMD-1, TRMD-2, TRMD-3, or TRMD-4).

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Galvanized steel cost is now customizable


through the external steel file
Galvanized steel added cost per unit weight has been added to the
external steel file:

The default value of the cost adder will be 0.


If any old project from V7.2 or V7.2.1 has an external steel file attached
to it, the file will be updated and the cost adder item (item#15) will be
added to the file.
When users select Galvanized finish for steel AND when they select
external steel file, the cost per unit weight of galvanized steel will include
the cost adder specified in external steel file.
Example:

1. Users have selected the default file and changed the


Galvanized steel added cost to .10 $/lb
2. If painted finish is selected, cost of Ladders without cage
will be 1 $/lb
3. If galvanized finish is selected cost of Ladders without cage
will be 1.10 $/lb

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Interface changes for API users


Due to support for allowing multiple simultaneous ACCE (and other
estimating product) instances, changes have been made to where project
iccache directories are temporarily stored/located. The iccache folder is
now one level deeper and includes the scenario name. This may impact
ACCE API users who will have to make modifications to their API
applications to account for capturing the scenario name.
In V7.2 and prior ACCE versions, API user needed to pass only the project
name to the open method. In V7.3 one additional parameter, scenario
name is now required to be passed to the API open method. Thus, the API
will now require passing both project and scenario name to its open
method.
Here is an example code snippet for VB user:
Dim MySysObj As ICAPILib.System
Dim ProjObj As ICAPILib.Project
Private Sub OpenProject_Click()
Open connection to a currently active (open) project
Dim Icarus As ICAPILib.System
Dim Proj As ICAPILib.Project
Dim szProjName As String
Dim szScenarioName As String
Dim nUserInstance As Long
Dim bRet As Boolean
Set Icarus = New ICAPILib.System
Set Proj = New ICAPILib.Project
szProjName = "Sample Project"
szScenarioName = "Gas Plant"
If Icarus.Initialize Then
bRet = Icarus.Login("John Smith", nUserInstance)
If bRet Then
If Proj.Open(Icarus, szProjName,
szScenarioName) Then
MsgBox "Successfully opened a connection to a
project "
End If
End If
bRet = Icarus.Terminate
End If
End If
Set Proj = Nothing
Set Icarus = Nothing
End Sub
In addition, due to the new equipment models, additional object names
are available in the API. Please refer to the Aspen Icarus API Reference
Manual for the new object names and for further API information.

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Removal of Batch Import Feature


The batch import feature was intended to transition Icarus 2000 users to
ACCE (aka Kbase) by migrating/importing IC2000 projects. Since IC2000
has not been available for over 7 years, this feature is now obsolete and
has been removed in V7.3.

Zick analysis option for horizontal tanks and shell


and tube heat exchangers on saddle supports
An option has been added to Design basis Equipment specs to enable Zick
analysis for horizontal vessels and shell & tube heat exchangers installed on
saddle supports. This analysis takes into account stresses due to vessel
weight at the saddle support with potential modification of vessel wall
thickness determined from pressure considerations. For certain long
horizontal tanks with low design pressure, the thickness determined by Zick
analysis may be controlling (i.e. greater than the thickness determined by
pressure). This method is not used by default and users will have to select it
explicitly in the design basis if this analysis is desired. Once selected,
differences in shell wall thickness may result for horizontal tanks and shell &
tube heat exchangers, corresponding to differences in weight and cost.

New method for recovering crashed projects


A new method for recovering crashed projects has been implemented in V7.3
for all Economic Evaluation products. In prior versions, crashed projects were
recovered by zipping the iccache folder to an archive location specified by the
user. Starting with the V7.2 release, changes were made to file handling
methods to improve performance and support Mega projects. Due to these
changes, the crash/recovery methods previously used were no longer
valid/effective. Thus, a new recovery method has been designed and
employed in V7.3.
A Specs file will now be written to the project iccache folder as a timed event
based on a callback function. A new option is available in the
Backup/Recovery section within Preferences (Timed Recovery) allowing
a time interval to be specified on how often the specs file is to be generated
(the option can also be turned off). When a project crash now occurs, to a
user the recovery procedure will appear the same as previous versions, i.e.
the system will detect a crash upon re-opening the application and the user
will be prompted as to whether the project should be recovered. If the user
selects to recover the project, a new project/scenario name will need to be
specified. Once the project/scenario name is specified, the recovery process
will use the specs file in the iccache folder to regenerate the project. In
addition to recovering components, project specs and any attached PID xml
files will also be recovered.
Note: In the V7.3.1 release, recovery of user specified attributes created
using UserAttributes.exe is supported.

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Note: The recovery process is not real time so there may be a time lag
between a crash event and the point at which the recovery was last made.
Upon recovery, users should review the recovered project for any missing
changes/entries to the project. Missing items or specifications will have to be
re-entered in the recovered project. As mentioned, the default recovery is set
at 10 minutes, a shorter duration can be set if deemed necessary.

Updated link to latest version of Cost Data Online


WinRACE application
The link with WinRACE has been updated in V7.3 allowing users to link with
either WinRACE 8.0 or 9.0. If both versions are installed, only a link to
WinRACE 9.0 will be active.

Removal of Automatic Item Evaluation feature


Due to lack of use, the Automatic Item Evaluation feature has been removed
from the Tools\Options menu and is no longer available.

Support for MS Windows 7 64 bit Operating


System and MS Office 2010 (32 bit version only)
ACCE V7.3 can be run on the MS Windows 7 64-bit operating system and is
compatible with MS Office 2010 (32-bit version only).
Note: The Manpower Productivity Expert (MPE) will not run under any 64-bit
operating system (see Known Issues section of this document).

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release includes of the following software fixes that further improve the
product.
Aspen Economic Evaluation includes a number of software fixes that further
improve the product. Selected fixes contained in EEV7.3.1 products are listed
below. This following list contains a subset of all the corrections included in
EEV7.3.1.

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00163798

Area Spec set to NONE, entries in Civil Bulk Adjustment for


Concrete Quantity still generate Excavation

CQ00298291

Help file not found for Icarus Equation Editor

CQ00324934

Could not select Column and Cannot design by FEM Analysis errors

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00357307

Sand Bedding for underground pipe installation - review the costing


and quantity for the sand bed, on buried(trenched) pipe.

CQ00361071

Identical results for Trayed Tower with each of the different ASME
design basis codes

CQ00361751

How can I have the volume of the dike around the perimeter.

CQ00369712

documentation for Backup Flange (FLG BACKUP) and Stub End


(STUB END)

CQ00395608

Saudi Arabia - Dammam has incorrect Electrical Basis using ARM

CQ00400912

Truckable / Bargeable Modules: Add a vertical acceleration field to


the module area specs form

CQ00403054

Removal of the Automatic Item Evaluation feature

CQ00403093

Kbase component renumbering does not automatically refresh


when rearranging components

CQ00404348

Documentation of COA work flow is out of date

CQ00404556

V7.2.1: Line equation rules cannot work properly on EML METRIC


components

CQ00407937

Tag for heat tracing on lines is incorrect - it is being written


sequentially instead of using the line number of the pipe

CQ00408145

Management reports are not working in V7.2 and V7.2.1

CQ00408530

Instrument Loop Error Not Detected when the pipeline it is on is


deleted from the project

CQ00409388

Steel line items do not get galvanized finish when galvanized option
is chosen at the area or project level.

CQ00409736

V7.3: Motor Drive power will become zero in METRIC project after
apply ARM on it.

CQ00409938

Newly added quoted equipment does not go to the intended area.

CQ00411005

Process Control Design Instr Loop Count- maximum number of


control loops limited in internal loop

CQ00411751

Capital Cost Estimator (V7.2) - Equipment Nozzle and Manhole


Data

CQ00413566

Structural Grounding does not follow Item Count

CQ00414563

Standard report is not able to open in .doc type after opened in .txt
type

CQ00414597

Drain pipe incorrectly reports MM with IN output for pipe less than
25mm diameter

CQ00415325

Incorrect shipping weight reported for bargeable and truckable


modules

CQ00416007

In double diameter towers nozzle is rated at operating temperature


instead of design temperature

CQ00416174

For field fabricated single diameter towers, vessel testing


hours/cost are not added to field labor hours/cost

CQ00416175

Lining cost in double diameter towers

CQ00416176

For 'High speed vertical inline API 610 pump' (DCP HIGH SPEED)
pump RPM is not reported on design data sheet

CQ00416192

Jacketed vessel design fails when pipe jacket is specified and


EN13445 design code is selected

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00416683

In double diameter towers it is possible to specify operating


temperature higher than design temperature

CQ00418014

V7.3: After apply ARM, some result in CCP report shows ****** for
some location

CQ00418402

Instrument Wire ARMOR Costing Error

CQ00419715

Problem when using reporting assistant

CQ00419767

Vessel design fails when pipe jacket is specified and EN13445


design code is selected

CQ00420450

Instrument heat enclosures not being extended on multiple items.

CQ00421210

Version 7.2 - Utility Header Piping Key Quantities missing

CQ00421449

Flange rating is different between internal and external P&ID

CQ00421457

Thermocouple wire costs in the Instrumentation bulks doesn't


account for the different material types

CQ00421679

Incorrect wire size selection table in the Electrical specifications for


a project with ME basis

CQ00422735

Values on the 'TOTAL THIS PAGE' and 'TOTAL ACCOUNT' rows in


appendices C, D, E in CCP report and not aligned with columns

CQ00423514

Default driver type in Pulp Stock Agitator input form is incorrect

CQ00429298

V7.3.1: Crash happens when click on dropdown currency list field


within equipment form

CQ00429023

After drag/drop of components having procurement currencies


defined, the currency shown in the input form of the target project
shows the incorrect currency

CQ00428962

Error message to be displayed when the cable type and cable


categories are different in the 'electrical tracing for pipe' plant bulk

CQ00428869

Error Editing Power Distribution in ACCE v7.3

CQ00427548

What is meant by Environmental Valve Packing? Page 11 of Section


18 of Icarus Reference Guide

CQ00427428

V7.3.1: Recovery a Metric project will make some attributes


become IP unit.

CQ00426703

Specs file import/recovery: indexing info at project level is lost if


indexing at area level is present

CQ00426039

V7.3: Crash happens when exists the application for the Metric
project with custom pipe specs file selected.

CQ00425766

External library files don't appear in the GUI for a recovered


project.

CQ00425744

Pipe Fitting Description does not appear in Properties window after


initial selection

CQ00425738

Bug with Floor Slabs in Modules

CQ00425575

V7.3: The flowrate for 'Air Dryer' got lost when it upgrade from
V7.1 to V7.3 (due to the attribute changes)

CQ00425487

SP3D Layout Import feature misses elements when there are


several entries for the same item

CQ00425178

ACCE gives different numbers of total valves and fittings in two


different excel reports.

CQ00425153

Area Modules: Structure Weight is specified in Tons. However,


report seems to take its value as lbs
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CQ Number

Description

CQ00424974

Getting a fatal error when user defined COA is specified for an item
with WHSP installation option

CQ00422634

Error with Copying/Pasting Area Modules

CQ00416485

Problem with Custom Spec %adjust for "pressure swage ring


connections (not for gauge pipe)"

CQ00415992

Change command not changing insulation on pipeline from Custom


Pipe library

CQ00319210

What Does Set as Default Option for Components Do?

CQ00308191

Plant Bulk Civil - Below Grade Concrete tank error: UPPER


THICKNESS EXCEEDS LOWER THICKNESS

CQ00425863

V7.3: Projects should not be allowed to merge unto themselves


and merging/importing should not be permitted for projects open in
other sessions

CQ00420292

SPECS File Support Needed for User Custom Attributes

CQ00399175

Module Report needs 1 report for each module in an area

CQ00426238

Incorrect results reported for Open Steel Structures with floor slabs

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Icarus Evaluation Engine


Technology Description
The Icarus Evaluation Engine (Icarus Evaluation Technology) provides stateof-the-art economic evaluation services to the entire Aspen Icarus product
suite: Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Icarus Project
Manager), Aspen Process Economic Analyzer (formerly Aspen Icarus Process
Evaluator), and Aspen Capital Cost Estimator (formerly Aspen Kbase).

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
New Crude Oil Desalter model.
New Sediment Removal Filter model.
New Multiple Diameter, Trayed or Packed Tower model.
New Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment Storage Tank model.
Fixed defect in ASME VIII Div2 and DIN calculations.
Fixed defect in certain steel plant bulk items with galvanized finish.
Fixed defect in field labor hours for field fabricated single diameter towers.
Fixed defect in double diameter tower with lined shell material.
Fixed defect in double diameter tower operating temperature specification.
Fixed defect in cartridge filter with stainless steel MOC.
Increased range and updated cost for gas turbine.
Fixed defect in nozzle rating for double diameter towers.
Fixed defect in open steel structures with floor slabs.
Default Corrosion Allowance corrected for Single Diameter Trayed and
Packed towers in Metric Projects.
Structural grounding calculations have been modified.
Sand bedding costs associated with buried piping have been updated.
The 'Tank containment - dike and geomembrane' civil plant bulk model
has been revised.
2010 Pricing Update Summary.

New Crude Oil Desalter model


A new cost equipment model has been created to estimate the cost and
ancillary components of a crude oil desalter. This new equipment model is
located under Components | Process Equipment | Vessels
pressure, storage |Vessel horizontal tank | Crude oil desalter.
The crude oil desalter consists of a horizontal tank with high voltage
electrostatic plates mounted inside and transformer/rectifier units
mounted on the outside.

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Based on vessel dimensions supplied by the user, estimates are calculated


for the # of internal plates, # of transformers, size of inlet/outlet piping
manifolds, etc. The values calculated by the system can be overridden on
the input form if more exact information is available. Costs generated for
the transformers are included in the equipment costs with weights
reported separately.
A new graphical PID has been developed representing the piping and
instrument scope for the new model.

New Sediment Removal Filter model


This new equipment model is located under Components | Process
Equipment | Separation Equipment | Filter | Sediment Removal
Filter.
The new model expands on the existing cartridge filter model by allowing
more options for vessel specifications (e.g. size, materials of construction,
DP, DT, etc.). It is modeled after existing vertical vessels and requires
users to supply a percent internals allowance (vs. total vessel weight) to
account for internals/filtering element costs. As these types of filters are
highly specialized, the new model provides the flexibility of specifying
different design possibilities and returns output similar to a vertical vessel
design data sheet for further fine tuning.
A new graphical PID has been developed representing the piping and
instrument scope for the new model.

New Multiple Diameter, Trayed or Packed Tower


model
This new equipment model is located under Components | Process
Equipment | Towers, columns trayed/packed | Tower multiple
diameter | Multiple diameter, trayed or packed tower.
The new model may be used to specify a single, double, or triple diameter
towers containing trayed, packed, and/or trayed and packed sections (in
each diameter section users will be able to specify one trayed section and
two packed sections). A new sub-form (accessible from the multiple
diameter tower form) has been created for entering tower section details
allowing easier input of section/tower specifications. In addition, jackets
and other design details may be defined via section.
When the new model is used to specify a single or double diameter tower,
the results will be the same as the existing (single or double) models.
Note: As discussed below, defect corrections to the old models may cause
different results than prior versions. Certain differences may also arise
due to different algorithms used in calculating the number of man-holes
and packing support plates in the old single diameter tower models vs. the
new model.
Different options are available for selecting the default external volumetric
PID or default external volumetric model:

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Program programs automatically selects drawing based on input


specs.

Single Tray single diameter trayed tower drawing will be used.

Single Pack single diameter packed tower drawing will be used.

Double double diameter tower drawing will be used.

Triple triple diameter tower drawing will be used.

Note: Users can also select alternate PID drawings or Volumetric models
via current menu options
A new graphical PID has been developed representing the piping and
instrument scope for the new triple diameter tower model.
Note: This new tower model is now the default when Aspen Plus or HYSYS
tower unit operations containing 3 or more defined sections are mapped
to APEA.

New Cryogenic Double-Walled, Full Containment


Storage Tank model
This new equipment model is located under Components | Process
Equipment | Vessels pressure, storage | Vessel vertical tank |
Cryogenic double-walled, full containment storage tank.
The new model is capable of modeling cryogenic fluid storage (including
LNG) within a double-walled tank.
The storage tank consists of an inner steel tank, outer pre-stressed
concrete tank wall, pre-stressed concrete roof ring beam, reinforced
concrete spherical roof dome, steel roof support structure and hanging
rods, suspended aluminum inner tank platform, reinforced concrete
mat/raft foundation with or without piles, perlite annular insulation, foam
mat insulation, submerged pumps, electric hoist, steel platforms, caged
ladders, and a stair tower.
Results for civil and steel tank design components are included in the cost
of the tank and are not broken out individually via COA.
A new graphical PID has been developed representing the piping and
instrument scope for the new model.

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Fixed defect in ASME VIII Div2 and DIN


calculation
There was a defect in the ASME VIII Div2 and DIN calculation in the
evaluation engine in which a particular design case could run successfully
with ASME VIII Div1 design but would fail for ASME VIII Div2 design. This
fix is also applies to DIN design code calculations. Due to this there may
be a change in wall thickness, weight and equipment-setting man-hours
for vessels and towers designed using the DIN design code or ASME VIII
Div2.

Fixed defect in certain steel plant bulk items with


galvanized finish
For the following components:
o

Multiple bay mill building.

Gallery for conveyor or piperack.

Conveyor equipment with gallery enclosure option selected the steel


line items would not get galvanized finish weight and cost even when
galvanized finish was selected (in the steel design basis at the project
or area level). This has been fixed and may cause a change in steel
weight and/or costs for existing projects containing any of the
mentioned above.

Fixed defect in field labor hours for field


fabricated single diameter towers
For field fabricated single diameter towers, vessel testing hours were not
being included in the field labor hours. This has been fixed and may cause
differences in the field labor hours, shop labor hours and/or labor costs for
single diameter towers requiring field fabrication (i.e. the diameter is larger
than max. shop fabrication diameter).

Fixed defect in double diameter tower with lined


shell material
For shell diameter with bottom section having a lined shell material and top
section having a non-lined shell material, the lining cost was being
overestimated by applying the lining to the top section as well. This has been
fixed and may causes differences in material costs for double diameter towers
in existing projects if the tower has a lined bottom section and a non-lined top
section.

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Fixed defect in double diameter tower operating


temperature specification
For double diameter towers it was possible to specify operating temperature
higher than design temperature up to a certain range. This condition was
corrected. Thus, if existing projects have such a specification an error will now
be generated in V7.3 for the tower during evaluation and the operating
temperature spec will have to be corrected.

Fixed defect in cartridge filter with stainless steel


MOC
There was a defect in the cartridge filter cost estimation due to which the cost
of a filter with carbon steel material of construction was same as that with
stainless steel. This has been fixed. Users may see a change in filter material
cost in existing projects if they have specified a cartridge filter with stainless
steel material of construction. If users have used material/man-hour
adjustments to work-around this defect, they may need to remove the workaround.

Increased range and updated cost for gas turbine


For gas turbine the maximum power output was increased from 370,000 HP
to 500,000 HP (from 275,000 KW to 375,000 KW). In addition the cost for
turbines with power greater than 10,000 HP has been updated.

Fixed defect in nozzle rating for double diameter


towers
For double diameter towers nozzle ratings were being calculated using
operating temperature instead of design temperature. This was fixed which
may cause differences in tower weight when existing projects are run in V7.3.
The weight change is due to a potential difference in nozzle ratings for certain
combinations of tower (double diameter) design temperature and pressure.

Fixed defect in open steel structures with floor


slabs
When 'floor slab thickness and percent of area' pair for a 'Plant Bulk Open Steel Structure' are defined, incorrect results are reported in the
detailed bulk line items section of the ccp report. This CQ applies to OPEN
Areas, and MODULE Areas of type SKID, TRMD, and BRGM.
The floor beams are being designed twice. In the first case, noncomposite steel beams are designed and include the weight of the
concrete slab, etc. in the design. In the second case, composite steel
beams are designed (combined concrete slab and steel beam crosssection). The composite steel beam design results in a lighter steel
section, but the overall quantity calculated and output in the report
exceeds that of the non-composite steel beams designed in the first case.
Therefore, the total weight of the composite beams exceeds that of the
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non-composite beams. Since the beams designed in the first case can
adequately support the floor load and result in a more economical design,
the beams designed in the second case should not be used in the Open
Steel Structure design and have been removed from the output report.
In addition, the column design does not include the additional weight from
the concrete floor slab. This results in undersized steel columns being
used to support the Open Steel Structure. This has also been corrected.

Default Corrosion Allowance corrected for Single


Diameter Trayed and Packed towers in Metric
Projects
The default corrosion allowance calculated by the evaluation engine in metric
projects for Single Diameter Trayed and Packed towers has been corrected to
be consistent with the default shown in the GUI. As shown in the GUI, the
default corrosion allowance is 3 mm. However, for single diameter trayed or
packed towers, when the component is evaluated, the results return a
corrosion allowance of 3.175. This has been corrected and now both the
results and GUI are consistent with 3 mm being the default.

Structural grounding calculations have been


modified
The algorithm for designing grounding systems of columns within structures
has been corrected to more accurately determine the grounding requirements
of the structure. The following differences may be noticed within the
grounding system results (results may be lower than prior versions):
1. Length of the grounding conductors

2. Number of brazed connections


3. Number of servit posts

Sand bedding costs associated with buried piping


have been updated
The sand bedding volume calculation has been updated. The previous
model assumed the sand bedding volume was equal to the excavation
volume. The new model uses the following equation:
o

Sand Volume = [(Pipe Diameter + 0.5ft)*(Pipe Diameter + 2.0ft) Pipe Area] * Trench Length / 27.0, CY.

where 0.5ft = depth of sand below pipe, 2.0ft = 1.0ft on each side of
the pipe.

The sand bedding material cost has been updated to be consistent with
the civil bulk sand price used elsewhere in the system. Previously, sand
bedding material cost was set at approximately $2.7 per Cubic Yard. The
current civil bulk price for sand bedding material is app. $13 per Cubic
Yard.

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The backfill volume calculation has been updated. The previous model
assumed the backfill volume was approx. equal to the [excavation volume
pipe volume]. The new model uses the following equation:
o

Backfill Volume = (Trench Depth - Pipe Diameter - 0.5ft)*(Pipe


Diameter + 2.0ft) * Trench Length / 27.0 * 1.2, CY.

where 0.5ft = depth of sand below pipe, 2.0ft = 1.0ft on each side of
the pipe, 1.2 = Backfill compaction factor.

This update results in an increase in sand bedding material cost, but the
overall cost of sand bedding and backfill/compaction will be reduced due
to lesser volumes being required.

The 'Tank containment - dike and geomembrane'


civil plant bulk model has been revised
The contained depth input field default has been changed from 4 to 6 FT.
A new field has been added, width at top of dike default = 6 FT.
A new field has been added, width at bottom of dike default = 18 FT.

2010 Cost Basis Update Pricing Changes


The pricing basis for this release has been updated to the First Quarter 2010.
The table below summarizes an approximation of the material pricing changes
from the V7.2.1 version of Aspen Economic Evaluation (i.e. 2009 pricing
basis). These results were obtained by running a general benchmark project
containing a representative mix of equipment found in a gas processing plant.
In addition to pricing changes, model enhancements and defect corrections
(including corrections made in V7.2.1 emergency patches) have affected
overall percentage differences.
Note: This may include quantity or design differences as various models and
methods have been updated or fine-tuned based on client feedback and
defect resolution (see information provided in this document regarding defect
corrections which may cause pricing and/or installation changes and the V7.3
Whats Fixed section of Economic Evaluation release notes for further
information). Your results will differ based on the overall mix of equipment,
bulk items, and specified materials of construction contained in your project.
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US

UK

JP

EU

ME

Equipment

-3.0%

-1.3%

-3.7%

-3.3%

-3.2%

Piping

4.0%

-1.4%

-4.0%

3.5%

10.5%

Civil

1.5%

-0.9%

2.0%

-2.0%

-0.5%

Steel

1.3%

9.6%

0.0%

-2.3%

4.5%

Instrumentation

7.8%

-3.4%

-2.2%

1.9%

5.3%

Electrical

2.6%

7.7%

5.9%

-0.2%

6.1%

Insulation

0.9%

7.0%

3.6%

3.4%

3.3%

Paint

1.0%

1.6%

-0.5%

-0.8%

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The continued global economic downturn has resulted in a lowering of various


prices especially in Europe and Asia. In general, the following system pricing
changes were observed:
A slight increase in US based Fabricated and Mechanical Equipment (5% &
3% respectively).
Based on fabricator data, Carbon Steel plate pricing has shown a
significant decrease > 40%.
Based on vendor data, Carbon Steel seamless tube pricing has shown a
slight decrease of app. 5%.
Based on vendor data, Carbon Steel welded tube pricing has shown a
slight increase of app. 3%.
US Rebar pricing is unchanged.
Ready-Mix Type B Concrete Pricing has changed via the following:
o

US Basis has increased app. 3%.

UK Basis has decreased app. 1%.

EU Basis has decreased app. 5%.

JP Basis has increased app. 7%.

ME Basis is unchanged.

Pricing for various structural steel shapes and beams has increased app.
1% in the US Basis.
Increased demand for stainless steel plate has resulted in price increases
for 304SS (~22%) and 316SS (~24%).
Based on vendor data, pricing changes for stainless steel welded tubing is
mixed:
o

304W ~ 10%

316W ~ -10%

321W ~ -2%

Based on vendor data, pricing increases for stainless steel seamless tubing
have been observed:
o

304S ~ 19%

316S ~ 11%

321S ~ 32%

Titanium plate and tube pricing has increased significantly, > 85%.
Increases in Nickel pricing has resulted in price increases for such
materials as:
o

Hastelloy ~ 16% plate, ~ 8% tube

Inconel ~ 18% plate, ~ 9% tube

Monel ~ 16% plate, ~ 8% tube

Significant increases in Copper and Aluminum pricing have resulted in


price increases for the following:
o

Copper ~ 50% sheet, ~9% tube

Aluminum ~ 32% sheet & tube

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release includes of the following software fixes that further improve the
product.
Aspen Economic Evaluation includes a number of software fixes that further
improve the product. Selected fixes contained in EEV7.3.1 products are listed
below. This following list contains a subset of all the corrections included in
EEV7.3.1.

What Fixed in Supporting


Products
Aspen Economic Evaluation includes a number of software fixes that further
improve the product. Selected fixes contained in EEV7.3.1 products are listed
below. This following list contains a subset of all the corrections included in
EEV7.3.1.

Aspen Decision Analyzer


This section describes the software fixes to Decision Analyzer features:
CQ Number

Description

CQ00404342

Cannot relocate a project starting with a Middle Eastern Basis

CQ00409492

ASM: Need warning message when scaling rules do not apply due
to max equipment limits

CQ00420432

Relocation to Middle East (Dammam) in ARM sets M as the wire


size units input.

Aspen Icarus Framework


This section describes the software fixes to the Icarus User Interface:
CQ Number

Description

CQ00407403

Activate custom model option in preferences by default

Aspen Icarus Reporting


This section describes the software fixes to the Icarus Reporter:

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00414588

Reporter should remember the selection project wise and that


selection should not be cleared unless the user chooses to do so.

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Energy and Flare Analysis

Aspen Energy Analyzer


(formerly Aspen HX-Net)
Product Description
Aspen Energy Analyzer addresses a major aspect of conceptual engineering
Heat Exchanger Networks. Aspen Energy Analyzer calculates targets for
energy and capital investment and enables the development of better heat
integration projects saving operating, capital and design cost, and reducing
energy-related emissions. It provides tools for performing process
optimization and provides both graphical and algorithmic methods..

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Launching Aspen Energy Analyzer from the Aspen HYSYS flowsheet simulation
environment is now easily done by clicking on the Transfer to Energy
Analyzer icon located in the main window bar. Process integration data from
the Aspen HYSYS simulation is automatically transferred to the Aspen Energy
Analyzer HI Project environment. You can select from which subflowsheets
data will be transferred to further narrow the scope of the energy analysis.
Once data transfer is completed an Aspen Energy Analyzer file (extension
.hch) is saved under the same name and in the same location as the original
HYSYS file. By switching to the open Aspen Energy Analyzer window, the
results of the Pinch Analysis for Minimum Energy Consumption together with
heat exchanger network benchmarking are shown. Further use of readily
available Aspen Energy Analysis additional tools and features is then possible.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

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Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Flare System Analyzer


(formerly Aspen FLARENET)
Product Description
Aspen Flare System Analyzer (previously named Aspen FLARENET) enables
the engineer to perform steady-state design, rating or de-bottlenecking of
single or multiple flare and vent systems. The program can calculate
minimum sizes for new flare systems or evaluate alternatives to remove
bottlenecks in existing relief networks. Aspen Flare System Analyzer can also
be used to identify potentially dangerous relief scenarios during design phase
or current operational scenarios. The program can be used to demonstrate
regulatory compliance of the flare and vent systems in relation to over
pressure and noise regulations.
Aspen Flare System Analyzer has an intuitive graphical Process Flowsheet
environment that presents a clear and precise representation of the network.
A typical model of the flare or vent system may comprise of several hundred
interconnected elements including relief valves, control valves, piping,
connectors (including expansions, contractions, standard/sweep tees and
orifice plates) separators and flare tips. Aspen Flare System Analyzer ensures
that model development is made as simple and efficient as possible.

New Features and Enhancements


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
New user interface
Improvements in the Process Flowsheet (previously called PFD):
Importing sources from HYSYS supports directly importing depressuring
utility peak flow results.
Tighter integration with other Aspen products.

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New User Interface


For V7.3, the Aspen Flare System Analyzer user interface was upgraded to
provide a more modern and user-friendly workflow. The upgraded user
interface features are, a:
Ribbon and a completely modernized UI built on the latest Microsoft
WPF UI technology.
New AspenTech navigation pane and tabbed environment provides a user
friendly way to navigate and view multiple results and input views. Both
Inputs and Results open in a tabbed environment similar to that of
Microsoft Internet Explorer. All of the windows can be docked so that you
can organize and customize the workspace. You can also go back to the
old floating view if desired.

Improvements in the Process Flowsheet


(previously called PFD):
Copy and paste in the Process Flowsheet is now allowed.
New zoom capabilities in the Process Flowsheet. See Zoom Tools.
Connecting objects in the Process Flowsheet has been significantly
improved.
New Grid controls used in Results and Input Views let you sort and apply a
custom filter on every field. Copy and paste, as well as quick export to
Excel is also supported for data worksheets.
Error List; Errors, Warnings and Notes are populated while a simulation is
running. The view lets you filter warnings and errors according to
categories.
Significant digits and formats of every variable can be controlled through
Preferences

Importing Sources from HYSYS Supports Directly


Importing Depressuring Utility Peak Flow Results
The composition, temperature, pressure and mass flow results of the
depressuring utility peak flow can be imported directly as the data for the
sources in the flare system networks built in Aspen Flare System Analyzer.
See Importing HYSYS Source Data for how to import data from a HYSYS
simulation to an Aspen Flare System Analyzer case.

Tighter Integration with Other Aspen Products


As part of this project the product will be migrated to Visual Basic .NET and
componentized. This will significantly facilitate the integration between the
process simulators and the Flare Analysis.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Calculation of Rated Flow in a Relief Valve
The rating flow will be slightly different (<0.001% difference) between V7.2
and V7.3 because of a more accurate unit conversion in V7.3.

Pressure/Flow Summary
1. The headings of the Upstream Energy and Downstream Energy columns in
the Pressure/Flow Summary were changed to Upstream Enthalpy Flow and
Downstream Enthalpy Flow to be more descriptive.
2. When loading certain old cases, if the Pressure/Flow Summary is opened
without re-running the simulation, then these enthalpy flows will be
slightly different than those that appear in earlier versions of Aspen Flare
System Analyzer.

Noise Calculation
Pipes with a negative pressure drop will have a 0 noise value in V7.2 but the
correct calculated value in V7.3.

Improved Unit Conversions to the British Unit


System
Physical properties such as enthalpy, density, etc. will be slightly different
(<0.05%) between V7.2 and V7.3 when the British unit system is used. The
exact same property values will occur between V7.2 and V7.3 if the properties
are displayed in Metric units.

Improved Design Algorithm


Current design algorithm fixes a bug from V7.2. It produces a more
economical design with smaller pipe sizes while still satisfying all the design
constraints. Because of this improvement in design algorithm, the results of
the design simulation may be different in certain convergent cases with more
than one active source.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen HYSYS Thermodynamics


COM Interface (formerly Aspen
COM Thermo)
Product Description
Aspen HYSYS Thermodynamics COM Interface is a user-friendly application
for advanced thermodynamic calculations. It uses the COMThermo Engine for
all thermophysical property and phase equilibrium calculations. Aspen HYSYS
Thermodynamics COM Interface provides the essential tools to research and
create the best possible Fluid Packages for use in your engineering
applications by fitting model parameters to laboratory measurements, and
analyzing the quality and suitability of the models.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Simulation Workbook

Aspen Simulation Workbook


Product Description
Aspen Simulation Workbook (ASW) is a tool for interfacing AspenTech's
process simulation models with Microsoft Excel worksheets. Aspen Simulation
Workbook also has tools to link model variables to plant data tags imported
using third-party applications. These capabilities allow modeling experts to
link models and plant data and publish the resulting models as Excel
worksheets for use by casual model users.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Internationalization support for Model Users.
New Ribbon Interface.
Path Substitution.
Property Names.

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Internationalization Support for Model Users


The Model User portion of the application was modified to allow localization to
other languages/cultures. The Model User portion of the application includes
all parts of the application that Model Users (as opposed to Model Developers)
would use.

New Ribbon Interface


The Excel 2007/2010 ASW ribbon has been updated to make it more userfriendly. The ribbon has been reorganized and now descriptive text is now
listed next to each icon.

Path Substitution
Users can now edit paths of variables in the variable organizer. When a path
is edited, then the new variable referenced by the new path substitutes the
variable referenced by the original path. If the original variable is used in a
table, then the table is automatically updated and linked to the new variable.

Property Names
Some simulation and model variable property names have slightly changed to
make them more user-friendly.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Simulation Workbook V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time
as V7.2 and other previous versions of Aspen Simulation Workbook.

Whats Fixed in V7.3

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CQ Number

Description

CQ00417913

Occasionally ASW crashes when HYSYS Optimizer is run to solve


large optimization problems

Aspen Simulation Workbook

Process Development

The Process Development collection of applications applies to any business


that is doing scale-up from the lab to the pilot plant to manufacturing scale
for batch processes.
The aspenONE Process Development applications support batch process
development in two major areas. The first is in managing information
associated with batch processes as companies scale their processes from the
lab into pilot environments and finally into the plant. This is primarily
associated with Aspen Batch Process Developer (formerly Aspen Batch Plus)
with additional backing from the Aspen Process Manual. This informationcentric activity is supported by the second element of our process
development suite: modeling and simulation tools. These tools enable our
customers to build kinetic models of reactions from laboratory data, explore
the solubility characteristics of their new compounds, conduct detailed studies
of dynamic distillation, separation and chromatography operations, and run a
number of other simulations and studies.

Aspen Batch Process Developer


(formerly Aspen Batch Plus)
Product Description
Aspen Batch Process Developer is a process modeling and simulation system
for the batch process industries. While it has been specifically designed for
the simulation of pharmaceutical, biotech and agricultural chemical processes,
it can also be used to simulate other complex, recipe-based batch processes.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements,
improved:
Support for non-English characters in user entry and display.
Text Recipe creation algorithm to improve text recipe translations into
French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean
and Portugese (Brazil). Language databases will be available with the
aspenONE Language Pack release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Batch Process Developer V7.3 can be installed and used at the same
time as V7.2 and other previous versions of Aspen Batch Process Developer.

Non-English Recipe Texts automatically translated into


English
Aspen Batch Process Developer V7.3 currently only includes English language
packs. Users working with non-English recipe texts will have the recipe text
translated into English (following the user's acceptance of a warning prompt
that the translation will take place) when opening a non-English project or
when importing Steps from a non-English project.

Workaround:
If you want to continue working with non-English Recipe Texts, simply
continue to work in the previous version of Aspen Batch Process Developer.

Extended Antoine Equation


Vapor Pressure calculations beyond temperature bounds of the Antoine
equation have a new calculation procedure. This might change results for air
emissions and mixture bubble point temperatures. The new procedure
matches the Aspen Properties procedure to extrapolate ln p versus 1/T when
outside temperature bounds of the Antoine equation.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Solubility Modeler


Production Description
Aspen Solubility Modeler allows easy calculation of drug solubility in many
common solvents and comparison of different solvents by regressing solubility
data for various drugs with selected solvents using the new NRTL-SAC
property method in Aspen Properties.
The new version of the NRTL-SAC model supersedes the existing NRTLSAC
and ENRTLSAC models, which require that pure components be defined as
oligomers, making them difficult to use. In addition, both NRTLSAC and
ENRTLSAC require an Aspen Polymers license. The new NRTL-SAC property
method does not require an Aspen Polymers license. In addition, a new
databank NRTL-SAC containing pure NRTL-SAC parameters for over 130
common solvents is available. The new model in this release supports
nonelectrolyte systems only. For more details, please see Aspen Properties
Help.
Aspen Solubility Modeler consists of two Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and an
Aspen Properties file configured to allow you to quickly and easily calculate
the solubility information you need using the power of the Aspen Properties
engine. The two Excel spreadsheets are:
Regression.xls for regressing model parameters.
Calculation.xls for performing solubility calculations.
The regression spreadsheet can be used to determine the NRTL-SAC
parameters for a drug through regression of experimental data. The
Calculation spreadsheet can be used to predict its solubility based on these
parameters.
Both Aspen Properties and Aspen Solubility Modeler (both in the Process
Development module) must be installed in order to use Aspen Solubility
Modeler. While it is running, it uses an Aspen Properties license.
Before you use Aspen Solubility Modeler, you should configure Excel as
described in the section Configuring Excel for Aspen Solubility Modeler in
the help.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Advanced Modeling Options


(Process Development)

Aspen Batch Distillation


(formerly Aspen BatchSep)
Product Description
Aspen Batch Distillation is an advanced tool for design and optimization of
batch distillation columns. Its rigorous simulation capabilities enable you to
quickly and cost-effectively determine the optimum design and operating
policy for batch distillations. You can use it to help reduce batch times and
improve product recover while maintaining required product purities.
Benefits of using Aspen Batch Distillation include:
Reduction in batch times of 10%, 20%, or more, avoiding the need to
invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in new batch distillation assets.
Increase in yield of high value products, directly increasing profits by tens
of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Faster development and commissioning times, reducing time to market.
For some products a few weeks saved represents millions of dollars in
sales.
Aspen Batch Distillation is also available as the BatchSep unit operation model
in Aspen Plus.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Improved Workflow.
Aspen Simulation Workbook Support.
Controller Enhancements.
Charge Stream Enhancements.

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Improved Workflow
Aspen Batch Distillation V7.3 automatically places a distillation column on
the flowsheet and displays the input forms when a new simulation is
created.
A new Species form has been added. This form can be used to:
o

Start Aspen Properties to configure the physical properties and


components.

Import a previously configured Aspen Properties file.

View the property method and the components used in the simulation.

Aspen Simulation Workbook Support


Aspen Batch Distillation can now be loaded and executed from within Aspen
Simulation Workbook.

Controller Enhancements
Pot liquid holdup (moles, mass or volume) can now be specified as a Process
Variable for a controller. This makes it easier to model a distillation where you
wish to maintain a constant holdup in the pot.

Charge Stream Enhancements


The total amount (moles/mass/volume) of fluid fed into the column during a
batch from each charge stream is now computed and reported on the Charge
Stream Results form. This enables you to see the total amount of feed
charged to a batch

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Chromatography
Product Description
Aspen Chromatography is a comprehensive flowsheet simulator used for
design and simulation of batch and continuous chromatographic processes.
It addresses the needs of both engineers and scientists to model and
understand the separation and purification processes normally found in the
pharmaceutical, biotechnology, fine chemical and food product businesses.
Through the application of Aspen Chromatography, significant benefits in
design, yield, product quality, capacity and reduced operating costs are
possible.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Faster opening of simulations.
Process flowsheet shortcut keys.
The following features have been removed:
Support for the Aspen Chromatography Document file (.crb) format. The
Aspen Chromatography Language (.cra) file format is the preferred format
for saving simulations.
Support for client/server operation, with the client and server software
running on separate PCs. Technologies such as Terminal Server or Citrix
are the preferred way to access Aspen Chromatography running on a
server computer.

Faster opening of simulations


The time to open simulations has been reduced by up to 50%. The reduction
is greatest for simulations that have large numbers of blocks, or blocks with
large numbers of submodels. This is in addition to the up to 30% reduction in
time to open simulations in V7.2.

Process Flowsheet shortcut keys


Shortcut keys are available to make it easier to navigate the process
flowsheet diagram. These were an undocumented feature in previous
releases. Look in the View a Flowsheet topic in the Aspen Custom Modeler
online help for more details.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Chromatography V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as
V7.2 and other previous versions of Aspen Chromatography. However, please
note the following compatibility issues when upgrading your existing
simulations to V7.3:
The Export Compiled Flowsheet command lets you create a dll
containing a compiled form of an Aspen Chromatography flowsheet, and
to use this flowsheet in Aspen Plus. If you used this feature in a version
before V7.0, the compiled flowsheet may not run in Aspen Plus V7.3. You
will need to export the flowsheet again in Aspen Chromatography V7.3
before you can use it in Aspen Plus.
The ImpEuler (11.1), VSIE (11.1) and Gear (11.1) integrators were old
implementations that have been superseded by the Implicit Euler and
Gear integrators that were introduced in the 12.1 release. They were
included in the 12.1, 2004 and 2004.1 versions to give time for transition
of existing simulations to the new integrators. These integrators have
been withdrawn from version 2006 and later. If you load a simulation that
uses one of these integrators it will automatically switch to using the
equivalent newer integrator, and will select option and tolerance values
that match the old integrator as closely as possible.
Aspen Chromatography Language (.cra) files generated using previous
versions of Aspen Chromatography are compatible with V7.3. You may see
some warning messages when loading .cra files created with previous
versions. This is a result of some solver options that have become
obsolete or have been renamed. Saving the file in Aspen Chromatography
V7.3 eliminates these warnings.
Aspen Chromatography Document (.crb) files exported from previous
versions of Aspen Chromatography cannot be loaded in version V7.3. Load
these files into the version they were saved from and export them as .cra
files, which can then be loaded into V7.3.
Aspen Plus .appdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen Plus and
Aspen Properties .aprpdf files created with earlier versions of Aspen
Properties are not compatible with Aspen Chromatography V7.3. If you try
to load a physical properties file (.appdf or .aprpdf) that was generated
using an earlier version, an error message such as the following appears:
Aspen Properties abort
Unable to open properties definition file "n2psa.appdf"
The file may need to be regenerated from a compatible version
of Aspen Plus
After you receive this error, exit Aspen Chromatography before loading
any further simulations. To continue, you must regenerate the .appdf or
.aprpdf file using Aspen Plus or Aspen Properties V7.3.
To avoid this issue in future we recommend that you embed the Aspen
Properties .aprbkp file within your Aspen Chromatography simulation. To
do this, within Aspen Chromatography, in Simulation Explorer go to
Component Lists | Configure Properties and click Import Aspen
Properties file.

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The Automation Method Name() for the Variable object has changed. It
used to return the full path of the variable which was the same behavior
as the GetFullPath() method. It is now changed to return the name of
the variable relative to its parent model or port. Check all your scripts and
VB programs where you may have used this method to make sure that
this change does not cause any problems.
In V7.2 and earlier, when the Run, Step, and Restart automation methods
were called the associated OnRun, OnStep and OnRestart scripts were not
run. They were only run when you ran these commands interactively from
the menus or toolbar. From V7.3, by default, these scripts will be run
when you use these automation methods. You can keep the old behavior
by adding an additional optional argument in the call to these methods
with a value of False.
The Estimation Module formerly accessible through the Tools menu is
no longer supported and has been removed. This feature has long been
replaced with the Modeler products Estimation Tool. If you have an old
simulation file that uses the Estimation Module you can use the supplied
library script Convert_EstMod to transfer the information in your
estimation case defined in the Estimation Module to the Estimation Tools
also accessible from the Tools menu.
To convert from using the Estimation Module to the Estimation Tool,
open your simulation in a version earlier than V7.3, then use the script
Convert_EstMod located in the Aspen Chromatography library Script
folder.
To use the script:
1. Open the input file you want to convert.
2. Double-click the script in the library.
3. After the script has converted the data, the Estimation Module block
disappears from the flowsheet.
4. To view the experimental data, from the Tools menu click Estimation,
to access the new estimation system.
5. Save the input file.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen Process Tools


Product Description
Aspen Process Tools is a collection of software programs focused on solid and
research and industrial applications by SPS (Separation Processes Service),
WSHP (Wet Solids Handling Project) and EPC (Effluent Processing Club).
Besides the chemical and process industries, it is applicable to the
pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, minerals processing and manufacturing
sectors.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


ColSize applies a correction for packing fraction to flooding velocity and sizing
calculations for packed columns.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Process Tools V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as V7.2
and other previous versions of Aspen Process Tools.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There have been some minor defect fixes.

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Aspen Process Manual


Product Description
Aspen Process Manual is an Intranet knowledge management tool for the
process industries. Process Manual enables chemists and chemical engineers
in either plant operation, engineering contracting or equipment supply
companies to access valuable chemical engineering knowledge from their
desk.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release. There have been
some minor defect fixes.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


Aspen Process Manual V7.3 can be installed and used at the same time as
V7.2 and other previous versions of Aspen Process Manual.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


Licensing issues running on same Japanese/Korean operating systems have
now been fixed.

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Aspen Basic Engineering


(formerly Aspen Zyqad)

Aspen Basic Engineering


Product Description
Aspen Basic Engineering (formerly Aspen Zyqad) provides integration of
front-end engineering work processes and management of process data and
knowledge throughout the engineering lifecycle.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Excel Datasheet Editor
o

Improved Performance

Enhancements

Drawing Editor
o

PPID Drawings Improved Make a pipe Process

Enhancements

Miscellaneous Client Enhancements


Server Improvements
o

Support for Large Workspaces: New Native 64-bit Server Version

Server data (workspaces and workspace libraries) can now be installed


at a different location

Standard Library Improvements


o

Knowledge Base Code Upgraded

New Stream List Datasheets

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Excel Datasheet Editor Improved Performance


Beginning with version 7.2 EP1, the Excel Datasheet Editor uses a runtime
template to improve performance. This template has a ZTX file type and is
installed with the ZTF templates on the server in the Templates folder. The
Datasheet Definer automatically generates this template during the Template
Generation Process.
ZTX files are installed for all standard library datasheets. Use the new
Datasheet Editor Template Migration Tool to create ZTX files for your custom
datasheets if you are migrating from a version prior to V7.2 EP1.
If you are migrating from V7.1 CP2 and have used document revision control,
you will also need to migrate cached templates on each workspace.
Instructions for creating the ZTX files can be found in the Datasheet Definer
help (zyexdef.chm) in the section:
Datasheet Definer | Migrating Datasheets to V7.3 using the
Datasheet Editor Migration Tool.

Excel Datasheet Editor Enhancements


Enhancements include:
Managing Sketches. When datasheet pages containing sketches are
edited, a dialog prompts whether sketch should be saved to the database.
Clicking Yes will mark the sketch as changed in the next revision. The
dialog appears when the datasheet is submitted or closed. New sketches
are saved without prompting.
Formatting Multiple Fields. You can now apply number formatting to
multiply selected value fields. Use Field Format from the right mouse
button, or Field | Format from the Datasheet menu.
Wider Datasheet By Type window. The Datasheet By Type window has
been widened to show longer datasheet template names.

Drawing Editor PPID Drawings Improved Make


a pipe Process
In the improved process the user can select the pipe route with visual aids
using color and dynamic texts. See the Drawing Editor help (zydraw.chm) in
the section:
Working With Diagrams | Working with Preliminary P&IDs |
Adding P&ID Pipes | Creating a Pipe from Basic PID Pipe Segments

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Drawing Editor Enhancements


Enhancements include:
You can define sheet connector links to different drawings within a
document set, e.g. if PFD1 and MSD1 are shared documents you can
connect PFD1 to PFD2 and MSD1 to MSD2. See the Drawing Editor help
(zydraw.chm) in the section:
Working with connections and piping systems | Connections |
Connectivity between diagrams
Deleting in-line equipment from the drawing automatically heals the gap.
Dragging the deleted object from the stockpile and placing it anywhere on
the drawing automatically reconnects the object.
A new label symbol, New Name (Diamond).sym supports exporting the
drawing to AutoCad. The previous label, retained for compatibility, does
not display the stream name in AutoCAD.

Miscellaneous Client Enhancements


Enhancements include:
Datasheet definer: Shortcut keys for copy "Ctrl+Shift+C" and paste
"Ctrl+Shift+V" enable faster datasheet definition.
Explorer: New filters: "All Datasheets", "All Diagrams", "All Bridges"
improve usability.

Support for Large Workspaces: New Native 64-bit


Server Version
Aspen Basic Engineering is typically deployed on a 3 tier platform:
Client applications on client PCs.
Server process on server machine.
Relational database on enterprise database machine.
The server process is an object oriented database. In a multi-user
environment, over time, the entire workspace can be loaded into server
memory.
Some customers are executing projects that require more than the 2GB
available to the server process under 32-bit Windows. Customers are being
forced to partition projects artificially to remain within the address space
limits. Should the limits be exceeded, the server process will need to be
restarted. The native 64bit server will support processes up to 8192GB (8TB)
and removes any practical limitation on project size. The 64-bit version is
delivered on a separate DVD. See the installation guide for details.

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Server data (workspaces and workspace


libraries) can now be installed at a different
location
Server data (workspaces and workspace libraries) can now be installed at a
different location to the dataservices program files on the server machine.
For example you may want to install data on a different drive to the installed
program files. You can do this from the install program:
Select to install WorkSpaceLibraries and change the installation location.

Knowledge Base Code Upgraded


Support for Knowledge Bases (KBs) has been extended to support managed
(.NET) code, and the standard library KBs have been rewritten using VB.NET.
Older KBs written using VB6 or the Rules Editor can still be used.
To Migrate workspaces to V7.3 to use the new KBs you will need to edit the
library config file. See the Administration help (zyadminapp.chm) in the
section:
Managing Workspaces | Migrating Workspaces to V7.1 and Later | Migrating
Workspaces to V7.1 and Later.
Source code for many of the standard library KBS is delivered. For
information on how to create and debug .NET KBs, see the Administrators
guide, AspenBasicEngV7_3-Admin.pdf installed on the client machine in:
Program Files\AspenTech\Basic Engineering V7.2\UserServices\Help

New Stream List Datasheets


Two new datasheets have been added to the Standard Workspace Library.
1. Stream List this is a multi-page stream list summarizing primary
streams in the workspace.
2. Continuous Stream List this is a continuous stream list summarizing
primary streams in the workspace. The continuous list is paginated when
it is printed.
These reports are similar to the existing Piping System reports but have
been named Stream Lists to make them easy to find.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


The release includes the following compatibility notes.

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Installation - Warning - backup workspace


libraries before upgrading from V7.1 or V7.2
V7.3 uses the same workspaces as V7.1 or V7.2 so that workspace migration
is not required and it updates the Out of the box workspace library content.
The Basic Engineering16.2\WorkspaceLibraries folder is updated by V7.3.
Modified templates will be replaced. If you have made your own modifications
to standard AspenTech workspace library deliverables, you should backup
these files before installing V7.3.

Excel Datasheet Editor


Sketches
Due to the change in how embedded objects are handled in Workbench
versus Excel, there are compatibility issues with sketches:
The Excel Datasheet Editors (XLDSE) handling of sketches is intended to be
able to view and edit all sketches created with the legacy datasheet editor
with one exception: Bitmaps embedded directly in the sketch field can be
viewed and printed using XLDSE but they cannot be modified. Bitmaps can be
supported in XLDSE by embedding a Word document and adding the bitmap
sketch to the Word document.
Sketches embedded in XLDSE may not be rendered correctly by the legacy
datasheet editor. For this reason you are advised not to use both editors on
the same project.

Regenerate Custom Datasheets (not required if


datasheets were compiled using V7.2 EP1)
If:
1. you are upgrading from V7.0 or earlier, use the datasheet definer to
recompile your custom datasheets. A Datasheet Definer defect, which has
been fixed in V7.1 CP2 and later, caused an inconsistency to occur
between the XLS file and the generated template. This inconsistency does
not impact Workbench, but it does impact Excel Datasheet Editor.
Recompiling will also generate the required ZTX files.
2. you are upgrading from V7.1 CP2, use the template migration tool to:
a.

create ZTX files for your custom datasheets and

b. migrate cached datasheets in migrated workspaces. This step is


required even if you do not have custom datasheets.
3. you are upgrading from V7.2 EP1, no datasheet migration is necessary.
Instructions for creating the ZTX files can be found in the Datasheet Definer
help (zyexdef.chm) in the section:
Datasheet Definer | Migrating Datasheets to V7.3 using the Datasheet Editor
Migration Tool

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Formatting notes/remarks
Multi-line text fields defined in the Excel workbooks using the Datasheet
Definer must be formatted using General, not Text. The Text format in Excel
cannot display more than 255 characters entries longer than this will be
displayed as #########. This was not an issue in Workbench which did
not use Excel to format the field.

Workspace compatibility
Workspaces not backwardly compatible
Aspen Basic Engineering workspaces are not backwardly compatible with
previous versions. Once an existing workspace has been opened using V7.3 it
cannot be accessed using previous versions.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Operations Support

Aspen Online Deployment


Product Description
Aspen Online Deployment (AOD) enables the use of models in plant
operations for a wide range of real-time process monitoring, soft sensor, and
operator advisory applications. Models are executed using conditioned on-line
plant measurements. Model predictions are published to the historian to
populate operator displays or tracked for trend analysis.
Aspen Online Deployment is compatible with HYSYS (including RefSYS, HYSYS
EO and Dynamics), Aspen Plus (including Aspen Plus EO), Aspen Custom
Modeler, Aspen Model Runner, and Aspen Exchanger Design and Rating
(formerly HTFS+) ) simulation cases.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release of AOD is primarily directed at reducing the backlog of reported
defects, so there are only a small number of new features in the AOD Desktop
or AOD Online application.

Support for Aspen Model Runner


AOD supports Aspen Model Runner, versions V7.1 through V7.3.

Internationalization
With this release, Aspen Online Deployment now supports internationalized
formatting of displayed and entered numbers, dates, and times.

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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


The following lists the compatibility notes for Aspen Online Deployment:
Projects, Applications, and Datasets created with older versions of the
product are automatically upgraded when loaded into Aspen Online
Deployment Desktop.
Aspen Online Deployment Desktop can be installed side-by-side with older
versions.
The online server cannot be operated side-by-side with older versions;
only one online server installation can be active on any given computer
system.
The online server also requires Aspen Manufacturing Suite software
version 7.3. The AOD Desktop alone does not require any Aspen
Manufacturing Suite software.
HYSYS, Aspen Plus, Aspen Custom Modeler, and EDR support requires
versions V7.1 or later of those products.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release of Aspen Online Deployment includes software fixes that further
improve the product. The list below is a select subset of all defect fixes. If you
are interested in a particular defect that you do not see listed here or want to
see a more comprehensive list, contact your Support representative.

Fixed Defects

202

CQ Number

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00410140

AOD should not treat null values


as an indication of solver failure

The issue is resolved

CQ00410494

If all tags are bad (e.g. IO Source


is unavailable), then Test
Connections takes extremely long
to update tag list status

The issue is resolved

CQ00413770

AOD misinterprets successful


solution message from Aspen Plus
EO model

The issue is resolved

CQ00413830

Problem deploying application due


to date formatting on non-US
operating system

The issue is resolved

CQ00413832

Missing "Export | Application"


menu item for applications in the
Project tree

The issue is resolved

CQ00413833

Trend tolerance slider doesn't


change the tolerance value

The issue is resolved

CQ00414082

Process data IO Source writes


quality 'No Status' rather than
'Good'

The issue is resolved

Operations Support

CQ Number

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00414200

Help topic missing description of


'Use Application Time' checkbox

The issue is resolved

Aspen Operator Training


Simulator Framework
Product Description
Aspen Operator Training Simulator (OTS) Framework enables a large dynamic
simulation to run in real time using parallel processing, and enables the
various components of an operator training simulator to link to the simulation
via OPC.
The Aspen OTS Framework has a configuration mode used to identify the
name and location of the partitions, make stream and control signal
connections and publish tags.
The run mode launches the simulation cases, runs and synchronizes the
partitions, exchanges stream data between them, and exposes simulation
variables and commands via OPC. This enables simulation data to be
displayed on the operator interface, and operator / DCS actions to be
immediately sent to the simulator.

New Features and Enhancements


This release includes the following new features and enhancements:
Data transfer performance Improvements.
Robustness Improvements.
Improved Consistency.

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Data transfer performance Improvements:


In V7.3, the performance of data transfer of streams between the OTS
framework and HYSYS was significantly improved. For a benchmark case with
20 stream connections, the following table shows a comparison of real time
factor in Aspen HYSYS V7.3 when we try to run the case as fast as possible.

Real Time Factor


HYSYS Running Standalone

2.55

V7.3 HYSYS Under OTS Without Stream Connection

2.22

V7.3 HYSYS Under OTS With 10 Stream Connection

2.14

V7.3 HYSYS Under OTS With 40 Stream Connection

2.11

V7.2 HYSYS Under OTS Without Stream Connection

2.21

V7.2 HYSYS Under OTS With 10 Stream Connection

1.39

V7.2 HYSYS Under OTS With 40 Stream Connection

0.63

Robustness Improvements
The values of the tags on the OPC server are now set during initialization.
Previously, they would only update after one or two steps.

Improved Consistency
Previously, when running HYSYS cases under OTS, you could get differences
in solution behavior and robustness when compared to running standalone in
HYSYS. These differences were removed in V7.3.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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Aspen OnLine
Product Description
Aspen OnLine (AOL) enables the use of models in plant operations for a
wide-range of real-time process monitoring, soft sensor, operator advisory
and real-time optimization (RTO) applications. Models are executed using
conditioned on-line plant measurements. Model predictions are published to
the historian to populate operator displays, tracked for trend analysis, or used
to update controller settings.
Aspen Online is compatible with Aspen Plus EO or Aspen Custom Modeler
simulation cases.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


This release of AOL is primarily directed at reducing the backlog of reported
defects.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


This release of Aspen Online V7.3:
o

Can be installed side-by-side with older versions.

Requires Aspen Plus v7.3.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


This release of Aspen Online includes software fixes that further improve the
product. The list below is a select subset of all defect fixes. If you are
interested in a particular defect that you do not see listed here or want to see
a more comprehensive list, contact your Support representative.
CQ Number

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00428164

Grid cannot be deleted in User GUI


- object reference not set to an
instance of an object

The issue is resolved

CQ00416008

Documentation enhancement for


Aspen OnLine tag mapping
information

The issue is resolved

CQ00398256

the return value of V7.2 ACM


object 'Name' property return
different value with V7.0

The issue is resolved

CQ00318696

Reset base spec: area not


available

The issue is resolved

Operations Support

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206

CQ Number

Issue Description

Issue Resolution

CQ00324943

Not able to drag and drop the tags


from tag browser to aspen online

The issue is resolved

CQ00353938

Tag Sections not exported to the


file

The issue is resolved

CQ00388665

Error when trying to import a


project into AOL V7.1

The issue is resolved

CQ00395476

Aspen Online Project Manager


cannot be launched on 64 bit
Windows 7

The issue is resolved

CQ00401656

Saving the first history folder


cause an exception

The issue is resolved

CQ00402084

There is always a grid on new user


form

The issue is resolved

CQ00402087

UI do not update when a user form


is deleted

The issue is resolved

Operations Support

Aspen Plus Based Refinery


Reactors

Aspen Plus Catcracker


(formerly Aspen FCC)
Product Description
Aspen Plus CatCracker, formerly called Aspen FCC, is a member of the
AspenTech new generation of refinery reactor models. It rigorously simulates
the riser/reactor and regenerator kinetics, accurately predicting yields for a
wide range of feedstocks and operating conditions.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Plus Based Refinery Reactors

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Aspen Plus Hydrocracker


(formerly Aspen Hydrocracker)
Product Description
Aspen Plus Hydrocracker, formerly called Aspen Hydrocracker, is a member of
the AspenTech new generation of refinery reactor models. It accurately
predicts yields and product properties for widely different feedstocks and
operating conditions. An Aspen Plus Hydrocracker flowsheet simulates all
sections of the hydrocracking unit. It can include simplified or fully rigorous
fractionation models.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Plus Hydrotreater


(formerly Aspen Hydrotreater)
Product Description
Aspen Plus Hydrotreater, formerly called Aspen Hydrotreater, is a member of
the AspenTech new generation of refinery reactor models. It accurately
predicts yields and product properties for widely different feedstocks and
operating conditions. An Aspen Plus Hydrotreater flowsheet simulates all
sections of the hydrocracking unit. It can include simplified or fully rigorous
fractionation models.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues in this release.

Aspen Plus Reformer (formerly


Aspen CatRef)
Product Description
Aspen Plus Reformer, formerly called Aspen CatRef, is a member of the
AspenTech new generation of refinery reactor models. It accurately predicts
yields and properties resulting from different feedstocks and operating
conditions.

New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements in this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

Aspen Plus Based Refinery Reactors

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Aspen Open Object Model


Framework

Aspen Open Object Model


Framework
Product Description
Aspen Open Object Model Framework (OOMF) is an AspenTech corporate
component that is used for configuration, solution and investigation of largescale numerical problems. It is embedded within several AspenTech products
such as Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS, Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining, Aspen
HYSYS Upstream, Aspen Operations Reconciliation and Accounting, Aspen
PIMS, and Aspen MBO.
When OOMF is embedded within a product, users of the product interact with
OOMF via that product's graphical user interface. OOMF is also available to
internal AspenTech developers and services professionals as a DOS
executable. These internal users interact with OOMF using the OOMF script
language to create and manipulate simulation data. The OOMF script
language has any of the features of an advanced programming language,
such as mathematical and string functions, if-then-else logic, and for-do
loops. Products that embed OOMF also extend the capabilities of the
equation-based scripting language by providing application-specific
commands.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3


There are no new features or enhancements listed for this release.

Compatibility Notes for V7.3


There are no compatibility notes for this release.

Whats Fixed in V7.3


There are no fixed issues listed for this release.

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New Features and Enhancements in V7.3
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Compatibility Notes for V7.3


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Whats Fixed in V7.3


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