The Dramatic Impacts of First Principle Chemistry

By Jim Frazer

Technology Trends

A recent discussion with Lisa Williams of OLI Systems and ARC’s Jim Frazer explored the expanding details of first principle chemistry and its applications in plant operations. This new approach uses the science that did post mortems on equipment to now perform prevention and detection of corrosion and scaling.

Lisa describes a new approach in detail, one where operators are informed over a specific pressure and temperature range, that certain types of conditions will occur.  As an example, precipitation of minerals coming out for scaling, when you get to a certain pressure and temperature, they're going to start to form in the pipes thus you lose capacity and you lose efficiency. Similarly, with regard to corrosion, you will know when you start to have a corrosive environment, when you start to deplete the metal inside of the piece of equipment, before you have a loss.

Listen to the entire conversation here.


A brief excerpt of the conversation follows:

Jim Frazer: Welcome again to the Smart Cities Podcast. Today we're broadcasting live from the Arc Forum here in Orlando, Florida. We have a very fascinating subject and guest today. Our topic is first principle chemistry simulation. And our guest is Lisa Williams of O L AI systems. Welcome, Lisa,

Lisa Williams: Thank you very much for having me here.

Jim Frazer: What's great, it's great to have you just get started with a foundational question. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to this chemical chemistry simulation ecosystem?

Lisa Williams: Sure. So I've spent the last year working with OLI, and OLI themselves have a very rich history of scientific research. You know, bringing that first principal chemistry simulation to the customer. They've done the research, they've worked in the r&d areas, simulation areas, and really provided it to this smaller niche, almost boutique group of folks. But in this last year, they made the decision to go ahead and expand that out to the operations area. So being able to take those new those chemistry insights that maybe they used to use as a post mortem on a piece of equipment, and bring them over to the operation side to do prevented prevention and detection of corrosion and scaling.

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