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:: Major HSC Chemistry Module Update from Outotec


Outotec, has announced a major update to its HSC Chemistry software. HSC 8.0 - the latest version of the world’s leading thermodynamic calculation software - has 18 completely redesigned modules, two new modules, an updated database containing more than 28,000 compounds, and numerous other new features.

HSC 8.0 also introduces significant improvements to the user interface and reporting quality, as well as support for 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. The software has been rewritten using the latest Microsoft .NET 4.5 environment, which “enables seamless interaction between all modules, and harmonisation of formats, settings, and other user-defined functions."

Outotec states that HSC’s extensive set of tools and databases can be used to improve existing processes and develop new ones, while uniquely integrating these to quantify the sustainability and resource efficiency of reactors for complete system solutions. “Its modelling and simulation platform is a valuable tool for process research, development, design, and digitalisation, as well as for estimating variables such as process efficiencies, yields, and environmental footprints - all of which form the basis for Opex and Capex estimation. The software makes it possible to test new process ideas and apply established optimal process conditions for laboratory and pilot-testing campaigns."

The modules and databases are accessed via a new dynamic main menu that can be customised by the user. HSC also brings improved calculation routine accuracy, adds a common chart tool for all modules with 3D features, and expands the capabilities and performance of the built-in Excel emulator. The simpler and more intuitive interface will enable deeper process and sustainability analysis of metallurgical, energy, water, and material-flow systems based on HSC’s proven thermochemical modelling capabilities.

HSC now also provides unique new environmental functionalities such as the new Exergy module, which enables easy calculation of material stream exergy to support life-cycle assessment (LCA) environmental footprint estimates of complete flowsheets. The updated Sim 8.0 module with improved dialogues and interfaces includes tools such as LCA environmental footprint calculations and interfaces to LCA software. The completely new Benson estimation module makes it possible to estimate the H, S, and Cp values of organic compounds based on the molecular structure using easy graphical user interface.

Outotec states: “These are just a few examples of the new and updated functionalities that can be found in HSC 8.0. The new HSC Chemistry will support engineers and scientists with an interest in developing a sustainable, closed-loop infrastructure for the 21st century. HSC 8.0 will be available October 2014. The HSC 8.0 license also covers HSC 7, which is available now, as well as free update to HSC 8.1."




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