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Systems Design and Engineering

"From early in the development of chemical engineering, processes were represented as combinations of unit operations, providing a library of building blocks for creating new processes."

A mathematical model of natural gas operations
(Left) A schematic of the natural gas value chain. Mathematical models for the design and operation of energy supply chains can significantly improve security of energy supply and help in managing their environmental impact (Barton Group).



Process design is an imaginative activity, an artful blend of intuition and analysis. Design is aided by mathematical tools that simulate the behavior of the process and seek optimum operating conditions. Effective use of simulation and optimization tools allows unexpected pathways to be explored, dangerous operating regions to be identified, and transient and accident conditions to be tested. The end result is improved economy, reliability, and safety.