OLI Unveils Process Simulation for Corrosion, Materials Recovery

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Water chemistry company OLI Systems (Parsippany, New Jersey, USA) announced significant technological advancements with the release of its OLI Platform V12. 

This latest version introduces groundbreaking innovations in corrosion prediction, mineral scale inhibition, and predictive recovery of critical materials from battery recycling, according to the company. 

These enhancements were designed to tackle real-world, mission-critical challenges in industries such as upstream oil and gas, chemicals, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), mining, water treatment, and geothermal energy.

MSE Corrosion Technology is a standout innovation in the V12 platform, according to the company, which says it delivers unmatched precision in corrosion prediction and prevention. 

This advancement has the potential to save billions of dollars, according to OLI, by preventing catastrophic equipment failures and enhancing safety. MSE Corrosion accurately predicts corrosion behavior with a specialized model for both aqueous and non-aqueous environments. 

It features a novel thermodynamic and advanced electrochemical kinetics framework, providing rigorous corrosion calculations in diverse conditions. This initial release supports corrosion predictions for two widely used corrosion-resistant alloys (CRAs)—alloy 2205 and 2507—all while enhancing design and maintenance strategies across the asset lifecycle in upstream oil and gas, chemicals, CCUS, and geothermal industries.

Meanwhile, the scale kinetics and inhibitor optimization tool (SKIT) capability in V12 delivers tailored scale inhibition insights with proprietary inhibitor formulations. This is designed to safeguard intellectual property. It bridges the gap between laboratory measurements and field observations through optimizing scale treatment programs, and it offers actionable insights to improve operational performance.

“Beyond corrosion and scaling, V12 introduces revolutionary capabilities in critical material recovery,” says Vineeth Ram, chief sustainability officer. "Our new solvent extraction models, combined with extensive chemistry coverage for nickel and cobalt, offer unparalleled accuracy in predicting and optimizing the recovery and purity of these critical materials. This is a transformative advancement for the lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery recycling industries.”

The new calculator block in V12 enhances user productivity and experience in the Flowsheet: ESP, OLI explains, adding that it provides greater flexibility and ease of use. Elsewhere, substantial updates to the rare earth element (REE) chemistry in V12 represent a significant improvement in simulating REE recovery from ores and industrial waste.

For more information on OLI Platform V12, including the newly integrated chemistries and improvements to the reactor/separator block and optimizer tool in the flowsheet, visit the company’s web site.

About OLI Systems

For over five decades, OLI Systems has been a pioneer and established global leader in water chemistry and its applications in industrial processes by delivering comprehensive process modeling and intelligent simulation insights for chemical processes that enhance operational efficiency and engineering productivity. 

OLI says it is aiming to build strategic global partnerships that accelerate the industrial digital transformation by combining accurate process model insights with existing plant analytics. These can calibrate process performance while providing expert consulting services. 

Source: OLI Systems, www.olisystems.com