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This is a list of software used to simulate the material and energy balances of chemical process plants. Applications for this include design studies, engineering studies, design audits, debottlenecking studies, control system check-out, process simulation, dynamic simulation, operator training simulators, pipeline management systems, production management systems, digital twins.
|Advanced Simulation Library (ASL)||Avtech Scientific||Process data validation and reconciliation, real-time optimization, virtual sensing and predictive control||Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac||open-source|
|APMonitor||APMonitor||Data reconciliation, real-time optimization, dynamic simulation and nonlinear predictive control|
|Apros||Fortum and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland||Dynamic process simulation for power plants||Windows||Commercial|
|ASCEND||ASCEND||Dynamic process simulation, general purpose language||Windows, BSD, Linux||open-source|
|Aspen Custom Modeler (ACM)||Aspen Technology||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|Aspen HYSYS||Aspen Technology||Process simulation and optimization||Windows||Commercial|
|Aspen Plus||Aspen Technology||Process simulation and optimization||Windows||Commercial|
|ASSETT||Kongsberg Digital||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|BatchColumn||ProSim||Simulation and Optimization of batch distillation columns||Windows||commercial|
|BATCHES||Batch Process Technologies, Inc.||Simulation of recipe driven multiproduct and multipurpose batch processes for applications in design, scheduling and supply chain management||Linux||Commercial|
|BatchReactor||ProSim||Simulation of chemical reactors in batch mode||Windows||Commercial|
|BioSTEAM||Yoel Cortes-Pena & BioSTEAM Development Group||Design, simulation, and costing of biorefineries under uncertainty||Windows, Mac, Linux||open-source|
|CADSIM Plus||Aurel Systems Inc.||Steady-state and dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|ChromWorks||YPSO-FACTO||Chromatographic process design, simulation & optimization||Windows||Commercial|
|CHEMCAD||Chemstations||Software suite for process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|CHEMPRO||EPCON||Process Flow Simulation, Fluid Flow Simulation, & Process Equipment Sizing||Windows||Commercial|
|Clearview||Mapjects||Dynamic Asset BIM process simulation and optimization||Windows & Debian Linux|
|Cycad Process||CM Solutions||Process simulation and drawing package for minerals and metallurgical fields||Windows||Commercial, Free for academic use|
|Cycle-Tempo||Asimptote||Thermodynamic analysis and optimization of systems for the production of electricity, heat and refrigeration|
|COCO simulator + ChemSep||AmsterCHEM||Steady state process simulation based on CAPE-OPEN Interface Standard||Windows||Free|
|D-SPICE||Kongsberg Digital||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|Design II for Windows||WinSim Inc.||Process simulation|
|Distillation expert trainer||ATR||Operator training simulator for distillation process|
|Dymola||Dassault Systèmes||Modelica-based dynamic modelling and simulation software||Windows, Linux||Commercial|
|DynoChem||Scale-up Systems||Dynamic process simulation and optimization||Windows||Commercial|
|DYNSIM||AVEVA||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|DWSIM||Daniel Medeiros, Gustavo León and Gregor Reichert||Process simulator||Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS||open-source (Windows/Linux/macOS), free + in-app purchases (Android/iOS)|
|EMSO||ALSOC Project||Modelling, simulation and optimisation, steady state and dynamic, equation oriented with open source models||Windows, Linux||ALSOC License|
|EQ-COMP||Amit Katyal||Vapor Liquid Equilibrium Software||SAAS|||
|FlowTran||FlowTran||Transient single phase pipeline simulation||Commercial|
|GAMS||GAMS||General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS)||Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris||Commercial|
|gPROMS||PSE Ltd||Advanced process simulation and modelling|
|HSC Sim||Outotec Oyj||Advanced process simulation and modelling, Flowsheet simulation||Windows|
|HYD-PREDIC||Amit Katyal||Flow Assurance Software|
|HYDROFLO||Tahoe Design Software||Piping System Design with Steady State Analysis||Windows||Free Academic, Standard Commercial|
|Indiss Plus®||Corys||Dynamic process simulator for hydrocarbons, chemicals|
|ICAS||CAPEC||Integrated Computer-Aided System|
|IDEAS||Andritz Automation||Dynamic simulator for pulp, oil sands, potash, and hard rock mining||Windows||Commercial|
|iiSE Simulator||iiSE company||Equation oriented chemical process simulator and optimizer||Windows, Linux||Commercial|
|ITHACA||Element Process Technology||Dynamic chemical process simulator||Windows|
|JADE||GSE Systems||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|JModelica.org||Modelon AB||Process simulation||Windows, Linux, Mac OS||open-source|
|K-Spice||Kongsberg Digital||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|LedaFlow||Kongsberg Digital||Transient multiphase pipeline simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|LIBPF||simevo||C++ LIBrary for process flowsheeting|
|METSIM||Metsim International||General-purpose dynamic and steady state process simulation system||Windows|
|Mimic Simulation Software||MYNAH Technologies||First-principles dynamic simulator built for software acceptance testing and operator training systems|
|Mobatec Modeller||Mobatec||Advanced Dynamic (Steady-State) Process Modelling Environment||Windows|
|NAPCON ProsDS||Neste Engineering Solutions Oy||Dynamic process simulation||Windows|
|OLGA||Schlumberger||Transient multiphase pipeline simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|OLI Analyzer||OLI Systems, Inc.||Chemical phase equilibrium simulation featuring electrolytes||Windows||Commercial|
|Omegaland||OMEGA Simulation||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|OptiRamp||Statistics & Control, Inc.||Real-time Process Simulation and Optimization, Multi variable Predictive Control||Windows||Commercial|
|OpenModelica||Open-Source Modelica Consortium||General purpose simulation||open-source|
|PD-PLUS||Deerhaven Technical Software||Steady-State Modeling of Chemical, Petrochemical, and Refining Processes||Windows||Commercial|
|PIPE-FLO Professional||Engineered Software Inc.||Piping System Simulation and Design||Windows||Commercial|
|PIPEFLO||Schlumberger||Steady state multiphase flowline simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|PIPESIM||Schlumberger||Steady state multiphase flowline simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|PEL Suite||PEL Software||Steady state process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|Petro-SIM||KBC Advanced Technologies||Dynamic process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|PETROX||Petrobras||General Purpose, Static, Sequential-Modular Process Simulator||Windows||internal users only|
|Power Plant Simulator & Designer||KED GmbH||Basic Engineering and Dynamic process simulation for power plants||Windows||Commercial|
|Process Studio||Protomation||Simulation Suite for Modeling, Engineering & Training||Windows||Commercial|
|Prode Properties||Prode Software||Thermodynamic Library, Properties of pure fluids and mixtures, Multi phase Equilibria + process simulation||Windows, Linux, Android||Free version + commercial versions|
|Prode simulator||Prode Software||Process Simulator||Windows||commercial|
|ProMax||Bryan Research & Engineering||Process simulator capable of modeling oil & gas plants, refineries, and many chemical plants||Windows|
|ProMax / TSWEET||Bryan Research & Engineering||Retired process simulators now incorporated in ProMax|
|ProPhyPlus||ProSim||Thermodynamic calculation software||Windows||commercial|
|ProSec||ProSim||Simulation of brazed plate fin heat exchangers||Windows||commercial|
|ProSim DAC||ProSim||Dynamic adsorption column simulation||Windows||commercial|
|ProSim HEX||ProSim||Heat Exchangers Simulation||Windows||commercial|
|ProSimPlus||ProSim||Steady-state simulation and optimization of processes||Windows||commercial|
|ProSimulator||Sim Infosystems||Process and Power plant simulation||Windows|
|Pro-Steam||KBC Advanced Technologies|
|PRO/II||AVEVA||Steady state process simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|REX||Optience||Reactor Optimization and Kinetic Estimation||Windows|
|SimCentral||AVEVA||Steady state, Fluid flow and Dynamic process simulator.||Windows||Commercial|
|SimCreate||TSC Simulation||Real time, first principle and generic operator training simulations, plant specific emulations and OPC for live plant connections.||Windows||Commercial|
|Simulis Thermodynamics||ProSim||Mixture properties and fluid phase equilibria calculations||commercial|
|SolidSim (Now in Aspen Plus)||SolidSim Engineering GmbH||Flowsheet simulation of solids processes|
|SPEEDUP||Aspen Technology||Dynamic process simulation||Unix, Windows||Commercial|
|SysCAD||KWA Kenwalt Australia||Process simulation||Windows|
|UniSim Design Suite||Honeywell||Process simulation and optimization||Windows||Commercial and Academic|
|UniSim Competency Suite||Honeywell||Opertator Competency Management and Training||Windows||Commercial and Academic|
|Usim Pac||Caspeo||Steady-state simulator for the mineral industry, biorefineries and waste treatment||Windows||Commercial|
|Virtuoso||Wood PLC||Multiphase dynamic process simulator for oil & gas production||Windows||Commercial|
|VMGSim||Schlumberger||Steady state simulation, dynamic process simulation, transient multiphase flowline simulation||Windows||Commercial|
|Wolfram SystemModeler||Wolfram Research||Windows, Mac, Linux|
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