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SimSci-Esscor

Getting Started with


VISUAL FLOW 5.

2FWREHU , 201

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Table of Contents

Introduction
About this Manual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About VISUAL FLOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
About SimSci-Esscor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where to Find VISUAL FLOW Documentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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1-iv

On-line Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-iv


On-line Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-v
Where to Find Additional Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-v
Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-v

Chapter 1
Installation Requirements
Verifying the Package Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Installation Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Documentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Software Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Disk Space Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2
Virtual Memory Requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2
Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
USB Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
FLEXlm Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
TOKEN Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
Switching Security Types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-5
PHAST FX License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-7
Importing License File . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-7

Chapter 2
Installing VISUAL FLOW
VISUAL FLOW Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1
Installing a Local Version of VISUAL FLOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2
Installing a Local Version of PHAST FX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2
Directory Structures and Desktop Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-6
VISUAL FLOW Installed Directory Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-6
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Testing VISUAL FLOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7


Uninstalling VISUAL FLOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Uninstalling PHAST FX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9

Chapter 3
Installation Troubleshooting
Diagnosis of Issues with TOKEN and FLEXlm 7.2/9.5 Security. . . . 3-1
Diagnosis of USB Security Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
General License Security Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-17

Chapter 4
Tutorial
Problem Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
General Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
Entering Default Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Selecting Thermodynamic Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Selecting Network Solution Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
Adding the Unit Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
Entering Equipment Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Entering Vessel Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
Entering Relief Valve Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Entering Outlet Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Entering Tee Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Connecting the Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Entering Piping Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Isometric Document Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Device Spreadsheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
Changing the Pipe Diameter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Solving the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
Reviewing the Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-21
Interactive Output Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-21
Plotting the Output. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-21
Generating a Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23
Creating and Running Case Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26

Index

Table of Contents

Introduction
About this Manual
Welcome to the VISUAL FLOW 5.5 Getting Started Guide. This
guide includes details on how to install VISUAL FLOW software and
how to start VISUAL FLOW software. An outline of this getting started
guide is provided below.
Chapter 1 Installation
Requirements

Provides installation and security


requirements.

Chapter 2 Installing VISUAL


FLOW

Describes how to install VISUAL FLOW 5.5


software.

Chapter 3 Installation
Troubleshooting

Addresses some of the problems you may


encounter while installing VISUAL FLOW 5.5
software.

About VISUAL FLOW


VISUAL FLOW software provides process engineers with a modern
tool for designing and modeling fluid-flow systems. From the rating
of complex relief systems to highly looped cooling water systems,
VISUAL FLOW software gives fast, reliable, and accurate answers to
the toughest problems.
VISUAL FLOW software provides a simple and user-friendly
environment for accessing the power of the VISUAL FLARE and
VISUAL NETWORK programs within a single package. VISUAL
FLARE is designed for running relief system hydraulic calculations.
VISUAL NETWORK is used for performing hydraulic network
calculations on systems such as cooling water networks or steam
distribution network. Once inside the VISUAL FLOW package, either
program can be accessed by simply opening a new document and
selecting the desired type of simulation.

About SimSci-Esscor
For nearly 40 years, SimSci-Esscor has been a leader in the
development and deployment of process simulation software,
services, and complete solutions for oil and gas production,
hydrocarbon and specialty chemical processing and refining, and
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fossil and nuclear power. Benefit from products that minimize capital
requirements, optimize facility performance, maximize ROI, and
produce assets for:
Plant engineering design and simulation:

Integrated process engineering (FEED)

Pipeline production analysis, asset model management

Operational analysis, optimization, process control

Dynamic simulation, operator training

Design-Operate-Optimize a safe and profitable plant subject to ever


more stringent market and regulatory constraints. SimSci-Esscor
software solutions are indispensable tools in solving these three
increasingly complex challenges simultaneously.
SimSci-Esscor is business unit of Invensys Process Systems, owned
by Invensys, plc.

Where to Find VISUAL FLOW Documentation


On-line Documentation
On-line documentation is provided in the form of .PDF files that are
conveniently viewed using Adobe Acrobat 5.0 or Acrobat Exchange
5.0.
The on-line manuals are stored in the Manuals directory of the Visual
Flow 5.5 install and are accessed by opening the VFWelcome.pdf file.

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Introduction

On-line Help
VISUAL FLOW software incorporates an on-line Help system, a
comprehensive reference tool that quickly accesses information. Online answers are instantly available while you work. In Help,
commands, features, and data fields are explained in easy steps. You
can access the electronic Contents for Help by selecting Help/
Contents from the menu bar. Context-sensitive help is accessed using
the <F1> key or the Whats This? button by placing the cursor in the
area in question.

Where to Find Additional Help


If you want to...

See...

Learn how to install VISUAL FLOW software This document


Obtain detailed information on the
capabilities and use of VISUAL FLOW
software

VISUAL FLOW Users Guide

Obtain basic information on VISUAL FLOW


calculation methods

On-line Help

Technical Support
SimSci-Esscor and its agents around the world provide technical
support and service for VISUAL FLOW software. If you have any
questions regarding the use of the program or the interpretation of
output produced by the program, contact your local SimSci-Esscor
representative for advice or consultation.
When calling one of the Technical Support Centers, be prepared to
describe your problem or the type of assistance required. Also, to
promptly expedite your call, please have answers to the following
bulleted items before calling Technical Support:

Have the installation DVD and all provided documentation


available. The online manuals are stored in the Manuals directory
of Visual Flow install and are accessed by opening the VFWelcome.pdf file.

Determine the type of computer you are using.

Determine the amount of free disk space available on the disk


where VISUAL FLOW software is installed.

Note the exact actions you were taking when the problem
occurred, as well as the steps you took leading up to that point.

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Note the exact error messages that appear on your screen, as


well as any other symptoms.

Authorized SimSci-Esscor Technical Support Centers


Region

Support Center

Tel/Fax/Internet

North America

USA, Canada

Tel:1-800-746-7241
E-mail: support.simsci@invensys.com

Latin America

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia

Tel: + 54 11 6345 2100


Fax: + 54 11 6345 2111
E-mail: simsci.latino@invensys.com

Brasil

Tel: + 55 11 2844 0213/291


Fax: +55 11 2844 0341
E-mail: suporte.simulacao@invensys.com

Chile

Tel: + 56 2 4767616
Fax: + 56 2 3783691
E-mail: simsci.latino@invensys.com

Colombia and Ecuador

Tel: + 57 1 3136363
Fax: + 57 1 2550945
E-mail: simsci.latino@invensys.com

Mexico and Central America

Tel: 01-800-IOM CALL (01 800 466 2255)


Tel: +52 55 5263 0143
Fax: +52 55 5263 0160
E-mail: mexico.simsci@invensys.com

Peru

Tel: +51 1 4461258


Fax: +51 1 7120003
E-mail: mexico.simsci@invensys.com

Venezuela and Caribbean Islands

Tel: + 58 212 267 5868 ext. 282


Fax: + 58 212 2670964
E-mail: simsci.latino@invensys.com

Europe and Africa

Tel: + 44 01925 811 469


E-mail: simsci.eura@invensys.com

Middle East

Tel: +966 3 801 0382


E-mail: simsci.me@invensys.com

Asia Pacific

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Australia and New Zealand

E-mail: simsci.apac@invensys.com

India

Tel: +91 9000919944


E-mail: simsci.apac@invensys.com

Singapore

Tel: +65 6829 8643


E-mail: simsci.apac@invensys.com

Japan

Tel: +81 3 6450 1095 (PES & Dynsim)


Tel: +81 3 6450 1096 (ROMeo)
E-mail: ipsjp.simsci@invensys.com

Korea

Tel: +82 2 2090 0822


E-mail: support.kr@invensys.com

P.R. China

Tel: +86 21 53559955 ext. 5859


E-mail: simsci.apac@invensys.com

Introduction

Chapter 1
Installation Requirements
This chapter describes the contents of the VISUAL FLOW release
package.

Verifying the Package Contents


Installation Media
The VISUAL FLOW package is distributed through PES DVD.

Documentation
A list of VISUAL FLOW software online documents is provided below.

VISUAL FLOW Users Guide

SIM4ME Thermodynamics Users Guide

VISUAL FLOW Application Briefs

VISUAL FLOW Getting Started Guide

SIM4ME Portal Guide

Other documentation as relative

Software Requirements
System Requirements
The recommended softwares for VISUAL FLOW are listed below:
Operating
System

Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 (Business


/ Enterprise), Windows 7 SP1 (Professional /
Enterprise) and Windows 2008. Proper installation of
VISUAL FLOW software under all operating systems
requires administrator rights.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003 or


Office 2007, and Office 2010 Professional.

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The recommended softwares for SIM4ME Portal applicaton are listed


below:
Operating
System

Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP2 (Business/


Enterprise), Windows 7 SP1 (Professional /
Enterprise), and Windows 2008. Proper installation of
VISUAL FLOW software under all operating systems
requires administrator rights.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 2003 Professional with SP2, SP3 or


Office 2007, and Office 2010 Professional with 2003
format.

Disk Space Requirements


A full installation of VISUAL FLOW software (including PHAST-FX
software) may require about 360 MB of free disk space. The VISUAL
FLOW software installation program automatically checks your system resources and notifies you if insufficient resources are available.
Installation Type or Application

Disc Space Required

Typical Installation

100 MB available disk space


(Includes CFI & Manuals)

SIM4ME Portal Files

10 MB available disk space

PHAST-FX Installation

150 MB available disk space

Virtual Memory Requirement


VISUAL FLOW software requires at least 55 MB of virtual memory to
provide sufficient paging area.
To set virtual memory in Windows XP:

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From the Windows Start menu, select Settings/Control Panel.

Click the Performance and Maintenance Options.

Open the System item and access the Advance tab.

Click Settings icon under Performance.

Select the Advance tab.

Click on the Change... button in the Virtual Memory section.

Change the size in the "paging file size for selected drive" section,
and click on the Set button.

Installation Requirements

To set virtual memory in Windows 2003 Server and Windows


Vista:

From the Windows Start menu, select Settings/Control Panel.

Open the System item and access the Advance tab.

Click on Settings icon under Performance.

Select the Advance tab.

Click on the Change... button in the Virtual Memory section.

Change the size in the "paging file size for selected drive" section,
and click on the Set button.

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Security
USB Security
SimSci-Esscor provides USB hardware security, in which you insert a
specially coded key to allow use of VISUAL FLOW software. Simply
plug the hardware directly into the computer USB port to start
running VISUAL FLOW software. USB ports are not supported in
Windows NT, therefore USB security is not available for this
operating system.

FLEXlm Security
SimSci-Esscor provides a FLEXlm security option on the FLEXlm
Server Application installation CD. The FLEXlm License Manager is a
third-party concurrent-user software licensing tool from
Macrovision. It is a client/server-based tool that has been customized
by SimSci-Esscor.
FLEXlm Server can run under Windows NT/ 2000/XP/2003. The
server must have at least 5 MB of available disk space. To install,
learn, and troubleshoot FLEXlm security, follow the instructions
provided in the SIM4ME License Security User Guide included in the
standard release package.

TOKEN Security
SimSci-Esscor provides a TOKEN security option on the FLEXlm
Server 9.5 Application installation CD. The FLEXlm License Manager
is a third-party concurrent-user software licensing tool from
Macrovision. It is a client/server-based tool that has been customized
by SimSci-Esscor.
For detailed information, please refer to SIM4ME License Security
User Guide.

FLEXnet Security
SimSci-Esscor provides a FLEXnet security option on the FLEXnet
Server Application installation CD. The FLEXnet License Manager is a
third-party concurrent-user software licensing tool from Macrovision
Corporation. It is a client/server-based tool that has been customized
by SimSci-Esscor.
FLEXnet Server can run under Windows 2003/XP/Vista. The server
must have minimum 5 MB of available disk space. To install, learn,
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and troubleshoot FLEXnet security, follow the instructions provided


in the SIM4ME License Security User Guide.

TOKENnet Security
SimSci-Esscor provides a TOKENnet security option on the FLEXnet
Server Application installation CD. The FLEXnet License Manager is a
third-party concurrent-user software licensing tool from Macrovision
Corporation. It is a client/server-based tool that has been customized
by SimSci-Esscor.
For detailed information, please refer to SIM4ME License Security
User Guide.

Switching Security Types


To switch to USB security:

Open Visflow.ini file found in the C:\Documents and Settings\All


Users\Application Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Windows XP)
or C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Vista and Windows 7) directory.

Find the section entitled [wss_Security] and set Type=USB.

Save the file and exit.

To switch to FLEXlm9.5 security:

Open Visflow.ini file found in the C:\Documents and Settings\All


Users\Application Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Windows XP)
or C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Vista and Windows 7) directory.

Find the section entitled [wss_Security] and set Type=FLXLM95.

Save the file and exit.


If you are running under Windows XP/Vista or Windows 7, add
the IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE=@{FLEXlm server machine name} system environment variable to your control panel/system/advanced/
environment variables.

Reboot your computer so the changes to your security environment will be correctly configured.

To switch to FLEXnet11 security:

Open Visflow.ini file found in the C:\Documents and Settings\All


Users\Application Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Windows XP)

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or C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Vista and Windows 7) directory.

Find the section entitled [wss_Security] and set


Type=FLXNET11.

Save the file and exit.

Set system environment variable as


IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE=@{FLEXnet server machine name}

Reboot your computer, so that the changes to your security


environment will be correctly configured.

To switch to TOKEN security:

Open Visflow.ini file found in the C:\Documents and Settings\All


Users\Application Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Windows XP)
or C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Vista and Windows 7) directory.

Find the section entitled [wss_Security] and set Type=TOKEN.

Save the file and exit.


If you are running under Windows XP/Vista or Windows 7, add
the IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE=@{FLEXlm server machine name} system environment variable to your control panel/system/advanced/
environment variables.

Reboot your computer so the changes to your security environment will be correctly configured.

To switch to TOKENnet security:

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Open Visflow.ini file found in the C:\Documents and Settings\All


Users\Application Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Windows XP)
or C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55 (for Vista and Windows 7) directory.

Find the section entitled [wss_Security] and set Type=TOKENnet.

Save the file and exit.

Set system environment variable as


IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE=@{FLEXnet server machine name}

Reboot your computer, so that the changes to your security


environment will be correctly configured.

Installation Requirements

PHAST FX License
PHAST FX software license are obtained by executing the following
steps:

Click Start from the task bar, then select All Programs/DNV/RMS
License Manager/RMS License Manager.

This will bring up the PHAST FX - RMS License Manager dialog


box.

Select License Wizard Tab and click Run Wizard.

This will bring up the RMS License Manager window.

Step 1: Product Selection - By default, PHAST FX and 6.51


will appear against product name and version number
respectively. Click Next >

Step 2: Select License Type - By default, Standalone will be


selected. Next >

Step 3: Select Host Identifier. Next >

The program generates a text file that contains the license details that
you have specified in the RMS License windows. File name in
License Details window will give the location of the file in your harddisk. By default, the file will be located in C:\Program Files \ DNV \
Flexlm.This text file must be sent to appropriate SimSci-Esscor office
to procure the license.

Importing License File


In PHAST FX Link - RMS License Manager dialog box, select
License Configuration Tab and click Import License File. This will
bring up the Windows Explorer dialog box. Locate the license file
(*.lic) and click Open to renew the PHAST FX software license
obtained from SimSci-Esscor.

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Chapter 2
Installing VISUAL FLOW
This chapter guides you through the installation of VISUAL FLOW
software.

VISUAL FLOW Installation


The following instructions tell you how to install VISUAL FLOW software on your computer running under Windows XP, Windows Vista,
Windows 7 or Windows 2008.
To begin the install procedure:

Insert the PES DVD into the CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Browse to the root of the DVD, select VisualFlow55, and read the

Release Notes.

Open VisualFlow55 folder and double-click on the setup.exe to


begin the installation.

Prerequisite window will appear if prerequisite components do


not exist in the machine.

Click Next >. The prerequisite components will be installed.

The Welcome to InstallShield Wizard dialog box appears.

Click Next >. The License Agreement dialog box appears.

Select I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next >
to continue. The Destination Folder dialog box appears.

Choose Destination folders for the VISUAL FLOW files. If you


want to change the Destination folder, click Change... and specify
the desired directory. If you wish to change the default location
of shared components (TDM, CFI, Portal), click Change button
next to Shared Components default location path. Click Next > to
continue. The Select Icon Types dialog box appears.

Select the type of icons and click Next > to continue. The Security
Type dialog box appears.

Select the security type for Visual Flow software and click Next >
to continue. The Install Options dialog appears.

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Select the install options for SIM4ME Portal 2.2 and PHAST -FX
and click Next > to continue. The Unit for Reporting dialog box
appears.

Select the unit of preference for reporting and click Next > to
continue.

Click Install to begin the installation. It installs a standalone


VISUAL FLOW software as a self-contained, local entity on your
machine.

Installing a Local Version of VISUAL FLOW


Users installing a local version of VISUAL FLOW software must have
system administrator privileges for the install to proceed properly.
Note: If you are maintaining an older version of VISUAL FLOW

software in the SIMSCI directory, place the new version of VISUAL


FLOW software in another directory to avoid conflicts.

Installing a Local Version of PHAST FX


The following instructions inform you on how to install PHAST FX
6.54 on your computer running under Windows XP or Windows
Vista.
If PHAST FX 6.54 is already installed on your machine, VISUAL
FLOW install will detect the existence of PHAST FX software and
enable you to go directly and install VISUAL FLOW (Make Security
Options dialog box).

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Select Local in VISUAL FLOW Setup Type dialog box and click
Next to view a dialog box asking Would You like to Install
PHAST FX?

Click Yes to continue. Welcome to the Installshield Wizard for


PHAST & SAFETI 6.54 window appears.

Click Next > to continue. The DNV Risk Management Solutions


License Agreement window appears.

Click Yes to continue. The DIPPR License Agreement window


appears.

Click Yes to continue. The GeoMedia License Agreement window


appears.

Click Yes to continue and view Setup Type dialog box.


Installing VISUAL FLOW

Select the appropriate setup listed below.


Custom Setup

For advance users and system administrators


only.

Typical Setup

The application and administrative data files will


be installed to the default locations on your
computer.

Workstation Setup

Your computer will be configured to access an


installation on a network.

Click Next > to view Product Selection dialog box. Following


product list will displayed:

SAFETI

SAFETI Micro

PHAST

PHAST Micro

PHAST FX

By default, PHAST FX is selected.

Click Next > to view Customer Information dialog box. Fill in the
required information.

Click Next > to view Start the Installation window.

Click Next > will install PHAST FX 6.54. Once the installation is
complete, click Finish on Installshield Wizard Complete window.
This action will enable the user to run the request for a license
file. By default, DNVS License Wizard is checked.

If you already have the PHAST FX software license, clear Run the
DNVS License Wizard check box in Installshield Wizard Complete
window. This will enable you to go directly to Make Security Options
dialog box.

Click Next > to view PHAST FX DNVS License Wizard window.

Step 1: Product Selection - By default, PHAST FX and 6.54


will appear against product name and version number
respectively. Click Next >

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Step 2: Select License Type - By default, Standalone will be


selected. Click Next >

Step 3: Select Host Identifier. Click Next >

Click Finish on PHAST FX DNVS License Wizard window.

Click OK to exit the License Details window.

The program generates a text file that contains the license details that
you have specified in the DNVS License windows. File name in
License Details window will give the location of the file in your hard
disk. This text file must be sent to appropriate SimSci-Esscor office
to procure the license.
Before you run PHAST FX software, you must restart your computer.
Setup will ask whether you want to restart the system now or later. If
you choose to restart the system later, be sure to restart it before you
run PHAST FX software.
When the installation is complete, three icons are generated:

DNVS License Wizard

PHAST FX 6.54

GeoMedia 6.1 Utilities

This completes the installation of PHAST FX software on your


machine.

The Make Security Options dialog box appears. If you are


installing only a Standalone version, select one of the three
security options:
USB

Utilizes a USB hardware key attached to the USB port on


the current machine for licensing purposes. Using this
type, VISUAL FLOW software will only search this hardware key for license(s).

FLEXlm 9.5 Allows VISUAL FLOW software to go beyond the current


machine to obtain FLEXlm licenses from another machine
(FLEXlm security server machine) on the network.
FLXNET11 Allows VISUALFLOW software to go beyond the current
machine to obtain FLEXnet licenses from another machine
(FLXNET11 security server machine) on the network.

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TOKEN

Allows VISUAL FLOW software to go beyond the current


machine to obtain TOKEN licenses from another machine
with FLEXlm server and TOKEN licenses on the network.

TOKENnet Allows VISUALFLOW software to go beyond the current


machine to obtain TOKENnet licenses from another
machine (FLXNET11 security server machine) on the network.

If you chose FLEXlm or TOKEN, specify the prospective


IPASSI FLEXlm server(s) (e.g., @server1; @server2) to
guide VISUAL FLOW software to find the FLEXlm server.

Click Next > to continue.

The Select Program Folder dialog box appears and shows the
group to which icons for your selected options will be added. If
you want to add icons to a group other than the default, click the
desired group in the Existing Folders list or type in a new folder
name. Click Next >.

In the Select Unit of Reporting dialog box, select the preferred


set of units of reporting you would like to use for reports and
click Next >.

The Start Copying Files dialog box appears which shows you a
summary of all installation options that youve made.
If you want to change anything, click < Back to access the
desired dialog box. If the current settings are satisfactory, click
Next > to install VISUAL FLOW software. To cancel installation
click Cancel, then click Exit Setup.

When your installation is complete, the Setup Complete dialog


box appears.

Click Finish to complete the Local installation.

Note: Before you run VISUAL FLOW software, you must restart
your computer. Setup will ask whether you want to restart the
system now or later. If you choose to restart the system later, be
sure to restart it before you run VISUAL FLOW software.

You should now test your VISUAL FLOW software installation. Proceed to the Testing VISUAL FLOW section for more information.

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Directory Structures and Desktop Icons


VISUAL FLOW Installed Directory Structure
Visual flow 5.5 install follows Windows standards for directory structure:
Program files:
Program files for the application are located by default in a subdirectory of "Program Files" i.e C:\Program Files\SIMSCI.
Directories which are be part of program files are:
C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\BIN

[Binaries]

C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\HLP

[On-line help files]

C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\MANUALS

[VISUAL FLOW documentation]

C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\RESOURCES

[Resource files]

C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\USER

[VISUAL FLOW users directory]

C:\Program Files\SIMSCI\VisFlow55\TDM

[Thermo Data Manager files]

The 'User' folder contains the applib files (.flr and .net files) and
resource files (*.DAT files) that comes with Visual Flow software
installation. These master files will be copied to the users local working directory when the user starts Visual Flow software for the first
time.
Note: The user working directory is:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\{Current User}\My Documents\SimSci\Visflow55


Vista and Windows 7: C:\Users\{Current User}\Documents\SimSci\Visflow55
Machine-wide configuration files:
Machine-wide configuration files (applicable to all users) are located
at ALLUSER\application data folder.
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55
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Vista and Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\SimSci\VISFLOW55


User-specific configuration settings files:
User-specific configuration files are located at local user's "Application Data" folder.
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\{Current user}\Application
Data\SimSci\VISFLOW55
Vista and Windows 7: C:\Users\{Current User}\AppData\Roaming\SIMSCI\ VISFLOW55
When the installation is complete, ten icons are generated:

Component Manager

Equipment Manager

Generic SS

Relief Valve Manager

Report Manager

Visual Flow 5.5

VSI Draw

VSI Edit

SMI4ME Portal 2.2

Visual Flow Documentation

After the installation has been completed, restart your computer to


gain the full functionality of the program.

Testing VISUAL FLOW


To ensure that the program has been properly installed on your hard
disk and is in working order, one of the sample problems included on
the disk should be executed.
To execute SAMPLE1:

Click Start from the task bar, then select All Programs/SIMSCI/
Visual Flow 5.5/Visual Flow 5.5.

Select Flare Document and click OK.

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From the menu, choose File/Open. The File Open dialog box
appears.

Locate the My Documents/SIMSCI/VisFlow55/User directory,


highlight the SAMPLE1.FLR file, and click Open.

After the file has been opened, the network diagram should be
visible.
To perform the calculations on the network, click on the outlet for the
network, then select Tasks/Solve Network from the menu bar.
A dialog box appears to indicate that the network has solved
successfully. If any other message appears, or if you have had
trouble running the program up to this point, please consult your
technical support representative.

Click OK to close the message box.

To exit the program, select File/Exit.

Uninstalling VISUAL FLOW


You can uninstall VISUAL FLOW software by accessing Add/Remove
Programs in the Control Panel.
To uninstall VISUAL FLOW software:

Click Start. Select Settings and then select Control Panel.

Double-click Add/Remove Programs. The Add/Remove


Programs Properties dialog box appears.

Select SimSci-Esscor Visual Flow 5.5.

Click Add/Remove.

Click Yes to confirm the deletion. A message may ask you


whether to delete a shared file. If you know that the file is not
used by other applications, click Yes. Otherwise, click No.

Uninstall deletes the component and displays a screen verifying


deletion.

Click OK.

Note: PHAST FX software should be uninstalled separately.

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Uninstalling PHAST FX
You can uninstall PHAST FX software by accessing Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
To uninstall PHAST FX software:

Click Start. Select Settings and then select Control Panel.

Double-click Add/Remove Programs. The Add/Remove


Programs Properties dialog box appears.

Select PHAST & SAFETI 6.54.

Select Modify/Remove.

Click Next > to confirm the deletion. A message may ask you
whether to delete the selected application along with its features.
Click OK to remove. Otherwise, click Cancel.

Note: Uninstall deletes the component and displays a screen


verifying deletion.

Click Finish.

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Chapter 3
Installation Troubleshooting
This chapter addresses some of the more common support
questions and problems related to TOKEN and FLEXlm 7.2/9.5, USB,
and General License security.
If you are having problems installing this product, review this
section. If you are unable to correct the problem, contact Technical
Support located at your local SIMSCI Technical Support Center, as
listed in Introduction.

Diagnosis of Issues with TOKEN and FLEXlm 7.2/9.5 Security


Step 1 - Ensure that the FLEXlm server is working correctly
When encountering a licensing problem with TOKEN or FLEXlm 7.2/
9.5 security, ensure that the FLEXlm server is running without any
errors. The TOKEN license server is actually a FLEXlm 9.x server, and
the only difference between these two types of license servers lies in
the license files, one being token-based (each product requires a
specified number of tokens when used) and the other productspecific. Incidentally, only a 9.x FLEXlm server can manage a SimSciEsscor TOKEN license file. There are two ways to verify that the
FLEXlm server is running correctly.
The first way is to examine the FLEXlm server debug log file
ipassi.log. This log file is by default located in the FLEXlm directory
(C:\Program Files\IPASSI\Security\FLEXlm for FLEXlm 7.2 and
C:\Program Files\IPASSI\Security\FLEXlm95 for FLEXlm 9.5) The
location for this log file can be found from the FLEXlm lmtool.exe
utility in the "Path to the debug log file" field on the "Config Services"
tab (see figure below). Review the log file to to check for errors
recorded in this log file.

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Figure 3-1: LMTOOLS Config Services tab

Alternatively, after attempting to start the FLEXlm server, start the


lmtools.exe utility, click the "Server Status" button on the "Sever
Status" tab, and then click the "Perform Status Enquiry" button (as
shown in Figure 3-2). Review the output text to find any error
messages. Note that if you need to perform the server status enquiry
multiple times, you can use "Edit->Clear Window" from the menu bar
as this will clear the output text box for easy reading.
Figure 3-2: Server Status tab

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If there are any error messages in the FLEXlm server log file or in the
lmtool.exe "Server Status" output text window, try and take appropriate action to resolve the problem yourself.
Example:
If you try to start the FLEXlm server on a license file not intended for
the license server, you will get an authentication error. In this case,
you will either need to install the license (and FLEXlm server) on the
machine for which the license was generated, or contact
product.request.@ips.invensys.com to issue you a license file for the
machine on which the FLEXlm server is installed.
Another issue could be that the licenses would have expired. The
expiry date can either be obtained by looking at the license file,
ipassi.lic, or by clicking the "Perform Diagnostics" button on the
"Server Diags" tab. If the licenses have expired, then contact
product.request.@ips.invensys.com to renew your licenses.
A further common error is that the FLEXlm server machine name, the
second item on the SERVER line in the FLEXlm license file, is not
stated correctly. An example of the server line, from a permanent
license, is as follows:
SERVER miawa2ca 000874fe5ea8
Or for a temporary license:
SERVER ukfcra-g6fyq0j ANY
Note, for a temporary license the ANY, the third item on the SERVER
line, must be retained.
If the machine name is correct in the SERVER line but the FLEXlm
server is still not starting correctly, then use the IP address of the
server machine instead of the machine name.
For errors that you cannot resolve yourself, contact your SimSci-Esscor technical support for assistance. When doing so, have the server
log file available to send as this will aid in the
troubleshooting.
Step 2 - Ensure that the application is using FLEXlm/TOKEN
security
If the FLEXlm server is up and running with the correct license, but
there is still a problem launching the application due to a FLEXlm/
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Esscor application side. The second step in troubleshooting FLEXlm/


TOKEN security is to verify if FLEXlm/TOKEN is indeed the active
license security type. This selection of license security type is made
in the main initialization file (*.ini) of the application. These files are
usually named after the applications they control, such as PROII.ini,
PIPEPHASE.ini, DATACON.ini, etc. The easiest way to locate these ini
files is to search the application directory for the *.ini file that
contains the string [wss_Security]. Once you identify the ini file, you
need to open the file (Notepad will work fine for this) to see what the
active security type is. Search for the Type statement in the
[wss_Security] section. The active security Type statement is the one
that does not have a semi-colon (;) in front of it. If FLEXlm/TOKEN is
not the current active security type, you will need to comment out the
current active type by placing a semi-colon at the beginning of that
line, and uncomment the ;Type=FLEXlm or the ;Type=TOKEN line. For
example:
[wss_Security] (if you are using FLEXlm 9.5 for security)
Type=FLXLM95
;Type=USB
;Type=FLXLM72
;Type=TOKEN
Or
[wss_Security] (if you are using TOKEN for security)
Type= TOKEN
;Type=USB
;Type=FLXLM72
;Type= FLXLM95
If FLEXlm/TOKEN security was previously not the active security type
and has now been made the active security type, the user should test
the application to verify that the change has corrected the problem. If
the FLEXlm/TOKEN security still does not work, proceed to Step 3 for
further diagnosis.

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Step 3 - Ensure that the application is using the correct set of


security files
This step involves checking the security files at two levels. At the first
level, the user needs to make sure that the application is actually
using its own set of security files (scintf.dll, token.dll, flxlm72.dll, and
flxlm95.dll). Sometimes multiple copies of the security files exist on
the machine and the application may be using the file(s) somewhere
on the paths specified in the PATH environment variable, not the ones
under its own directory. Since this will create significant confusion
during security troubleshooting, it is highly recommended that all
security files that are not part of any SimSci-Esscor application file
systems be deleted, especially the ones on the PATH environment
variable. When this is done, the user can be sure exactly which
security files the application is using.
The second level is only applicable to the FLEXlm security. The
SimSci-Esscor FLEXlm security comes in two versions, 7.2 and 9.5.
Because these two versions are not completely compatible with each
other, it is critical that the FLEXlm client (the flxlm.dll on the
application side), the license file, and the FLEXlm server be of the
same FLEXlm version. The symptom of this incompatibility is that the
application fails and in the server debug file you see the license is
checked out and back in almost at the same time. The FLEXlm server
version can be found in the server log file (ipassi.log) and the license
file version can be found in the license file itself. If the version cannot
be found in the license file, then the license file should be FLEXlm
version 7.2. The version of the flxlm.dll can be found by right-clicking
the file, selecting Properties, and then selecting the Version tab. From
2006, we are moving towards using the FLEXlm version in FLEXlm
dll file names. For instance, flxlm72.dll means the file is version 7.2
and flxlm95.dll means version 9.5. Moreover, the value of the Type
statement in the application ini file also uses flxlm95 and flxlm72 to
reflect the FLEXlm version it is using.
Step 4 - Ensure that the FLEXlm communications are functioning
properly
If the FLEXlm server is running correctly and the applications' licensing configuration is appropriate, but there is still a FLEXlm/TOKEN
licensing problem, turn the focus to the communications between
the application machine and the FLEXlm server machine.
To do this, first ping the FLEXlm server machine from the application
machine to see if the communications between them are enabled. If
not, the user should contact their IT personnel to resolve this issue
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first. After the fundamental communications problem is resolved,


examine the value of the environment variable
IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE on the application machine to see if the value
points to the intended FLEXlm server machine. If this value has been
set multiple times, examining and editing the value in the registry
may be necessary because the old value may be cached in the registry location. The figure below shows the registry entry for server
@cms4m0ca:
Figure 3-3: Registry Editor entry for FLEXlm

The user can directly delete/edit the value of the


IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE from here or run lmpath.exe to accomplish
the same result.
Another issue with this environment variable is that sometimes the
application machine system has a problem resolving the FLEXlm
server machine name into the IP address. In this case, instead of
using the FLEXlm server machine name for value of
IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE, use the FLEXlm server machine's IP address,
such as @123.12.10.100.
If the environment variable is managed correctly and the problem still
persists, the user may resolve the problem based on any error messages rendered on the application side. The user should examine the
contents of the FLEXlm server log file ipassi.log to see if there are
any records about the license request. If there are no records at all in
the server log file about this license request, then the communication
between the FLEXlm client and FLEXlm server have not been established. In this case, the user needs to examine the firewall on the
FLEXlm server machine to ensure that the port numbers used by the
FLEXlm server (lmgrd.exe) are enabled for the communication. The
port numbers used by the FLEXlm server can be found in the FLEXlm
server log file ipassi.log.
Example:
10:21:59 (lmgrd) lmgrd tcp-port 27000
10:22:10 (lmgrd) IPASSI using TCP-port 2601
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Another possible FLEXlm communication issue may be encountered


accessing FLEXlm licenses over the internet, as it may take longer for
the application to connect to the FLEXlm server machine. If this takes
too long, the application may prematurely timeout the connection
attempt and return an error. To overcome this problem, set the
environment variable FLEXLM_TIMEOUT on the application machine.
The usage of this variable is as follows:
Set the timeout value of a FLEXlm-licensed application when
attempting to connect to a license server port in the range 2700027009. Values are in microseconds, within the range 0 through
2147483647. The default setting is 100000 microseconds.
The other thing the user can do to reduce the connection time is to
explicitly set the FLEXlm server ports such that the application knows
exactly what ports to talk to. Please refer to Table 3-1: FLEXlm
License Security-related Problems and Solutions for details on setting up explicit FLEXlm server ports.

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Table 3-1: FLEXlm License Security-related Problems and Solutions


Problem

Can I have multiple FLEXlm servers installed and run on the same machine?

Fix

Yes, it is allowed to install and simultaneously run multiple FLEXlm servers from
different vendors on the same machine. When doing so, it is highly
recommended that you install the servers to different locations so that they do
not interfere with one another. However, multiple FLEXlm servers from the same
vendor cannot run simultaneously. Only one version can be active at a time. For
example, the IPASSI FLEXlm 7.2 and 9.5 can be installed in different locations on
the same machine, but only one of them can be running at a time.

Problem

I have multiple IPASSI license files on my FLEXlm server machine. Can I


combine them into one?

Fix

If those license files have an identical SERVER line, then they can be combined.
Otherwise, the answer is no. After the merge, there should be only one SERVER
line and one VENDOR line in the resultant license file.

Problem

How do I instruct my IPASSI FLEXlm server to use multiple license files?

Fix

Use lmtools.exe to configure the FLEXlm service so that the field "Path to the
license file" points to the directory where the license files are located (as shown
below). In addition, all the license files in the directory must have the .lic file
extension name.
Figure 3-4: Verify Path to the license file

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Problem

How can I make FLEXlm security work with firewall on the FLEXlm server
machine?

Fix

To make FLEXlm security work with firewalls, the following three components
must be configured correctly.
1.

Use a port number on the SERVER line in the license file as follows:
SERVER host hostid [port]
Example: SERVER ips-sol07 0002b303df80 27000

2.

Use another port number on the VENDOR line in the license file:
VENDOR vendor [port=]port
Example: VENDOR IPASSI port=27001

3.

On the application machine, set the value of the environment variable


IPASSI_LICENSE_FILE to be 27000@ips-sol07. The port number here is the
port number from the SERVER line.

4.

Make sure both the ports are enabled on the FLEXlm server machine.

5.

Ensure that the port numbers for the SERVER line and for the VENDOR line
are not used by other applications on the FLEXlm server machine, and are
different from each other.

Problem

How do I automatically launch my FLEXlm server when I reboot my FLEXlm


server machines?

Fix

For FLEXlm servers on Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 machines, this is possible


through the "Config Services" tab. On this tab, check the "Use Services" and the
"Start Server at Power Up" check boxes and save the server configuration.

Problem

How do I prevent my FLEXlm server from being manipulated by users on other


machines?

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Fix

Beginning with FLEXlm 9.x, when you are starting the FLEXlm server, you can
specify that users on other machines cannot shut down the FLEXlm server. To do
this, go to the Start/Stop/Reread tab, select the service you are about to start,
click "Advanced settings", and check "lmdown will only work from node where
lmgrd is running." Then, click "Start Server."
Figure 3-5: Configuring through Start/Stop/Reread tab

Problem

If I get the message below when launching a SimSci-Esscor application, what


could be going wrong?
Figure 3-6: Invalid (inconsistent) license key (-8,544)

Fix

A common cause of this error is that the FLEXlm dll on the application is of
version 7.2, but the FLEXlm server is 9.5. In this case, run the FLEXlm 9.5 Client
Retrofit program to update the application and this should resolve the problem.

Problem

How do I obtain the system information about the machine, including the host
ID?

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Fix

The FLEXlm utility, lmtools.exe System Settings tab, is always the most accurate
for checking the host ID. Note that when issuing a FLEXlm/TOKEN license,
SimSci-Esscor uses Ethernet Address or Disk Volume Serial Number to bind the
license. If your FLEXlm cannot start correctly, you may want to verify that the
Ethernet Address or Disk Volume Serial number in the license file is consistent
with that on the machine. In addition, you may check the Computer/Hostname to
verify that this value is the same as the second item on the SERVER line in your
license file. An example of lmtools System Settings tab display:
Figure 3-7: Getting the machine information from System Settings tab

Problem

How do I configure the usage of my license(s)?

Fix

Use a FLEXlm options file to specify how the license(s) should be used. For
detailed information, please refer to the Options File documentation.

Problem

How do I include a FLEXlm options file and how would I know if the FLEXlm
server is using the options file?

Fix

If you use "ipassi.opt" for the name of the options file, then simply put this
options file in the FLEXlm server folder (where the lmgrd.exe and IPASSI.EXE
are). When the next time the IPASSI FLEXlm server starts, it will automatically
read and apply the rules in this file. If the options file does not have the default
file name or is not located in the FLEXlm server folder, then you'll need to
explicitly specify the options file on the VENDOR line in the license file as follows:
VENDOR IPASSI options="C:\Program
Files\IPASSI\Security\FLEXlm95\ipassi.opt"
Note that if there are any spaces in the path or the file name, put double quotes
around the fully qualified path as above. When an options file is in use, you
should see an entry similar to that shown below in the FLEXlm server log file,
ipassi.log:
16:12:11 (IPASSI) Using options file: "C:\Program
Files\IPASSI\Security\FLEXlm95\ipassi.opt"

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Problem

Can I use a regular FLEXlm license file and a TOKEN license file under the same
IPASSI FLEXlm server?

Fix

Technically, this configuration should work. However, this is not recommended


as the logging and reporting functionalities work differently for FLEXlm and for
TOKEN security. For clarity, it is highly recommended that FLEXlm and TOKEN be
installed on different license server machines.

Problem

We're using FLEXlm over a wide-area network. What can we do to improve the
FLEXlm licensing performance?

Fix

To shorten the initial connection time between the FLEXlm Client and the FLEXlm
Server over a wide-area network, you can specify the FLEXlm server port
numbers in the FLEXlm license file. In this case, the Client will know exactly what
ports on the Server machine to use when trying to connect to the Server.

Problem

We're using FLEXlm over a slow wide-area network. What can we do to allow
longer FLEXlm Client/Server initial connection time?

Fix

You can set the environment variable FLEXLM_TIMEOUT to a larger value on the
Client machine. This value sets the timeout period of a FLEXlm-licensed
application when attempting to connect to a license server port in the range
27000-27009. Values are in microseconds, within the range 0 through
2147483647. The default setting is 100000 microseconds.

Diagnosis of USB Security Problems


When encountering licensing problem with the USB security, you can
diagnose the problem following the steps described below:
Step 1 - Verify the active type of license security
This step is to ensure that USB is indeed the active license security
type. This selection of security type is made in the main initialization
file (*.ini) of the application. These files are usually named after the
programs they control (Proii.ini, PipePhase.ini, Datacon.ini, etc.) The
easiest way to locate these files is to search the application directory
for the *.ini that contains the word [wss_Security]. When the ini file
is identified, you need to open the file (Notepad will work fine for
this) and find the value of the Type statement in the [wss_Security]
section. The active security type will not have a semi-colon (;) in front
of the Type statement. If USB is not the current active security type,
you will need to comment out the current active type by placing a
semi-colon at the beginning of the line, and uncomment the
;Type=USB line as follows:
[wss_Security]
Type=USB

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;Type=FLXLM72
;Type=FLXLM95
;Type=TOKEN
If USB was not previously the active security type and has now been
made the active security type, the user should test the application to
verify that the change has corrected the problem. If the USB security
still does not work, proceed to Step 2 for further diagnosis.
Step 2 - Examine the USB environment on the machine
For the USB security to work, the machine itself must be able to correctly detect the USB key. This step is to determine if this is the case.
With the USB key plugged in, go to the Device Manager and open the
Universal Serial Bus Controllers to see whether the entry for the USB
key is listed correctly as illustrated below:
Figure 3-8: Verify the USB key

If there is a conflict or problem, the USB SuperPro controller (shown


as Rainbow USB SuperPro) will show up with a yellow exclamation
mark or a red X (or may not show up at all). The figure on the next
page shows an example of a USB driver issue, i.e. a yellow exclamation mark displayed by the USB SuperPro entry:
Figure 3-9: A typical sign of USB issue

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When the machine is not detecting the USB entry correctly, please
unplug the USB key from the machine and uninstall the existing USB
driver from the Add/Remove Programs window as below:
Figure 3-10: Uninstall USB driver through Add/Remove Programs

After uninstalling the existing USB driver, install the USB 7.0 driver.
The install program for USB 7.0 driver is available from the SimSciEsscor application install CD or from the SimSci-Esscor ESD web
site. After installing the driver successfully, the Sentinel Protection
Installer 7.0.0 entry should appear in the Add/Remove Programs
window as follows:
Figure 3-11: Verify the upgraded USB driver

Now, plug the USB key back into the machine and go to the Device
Manager again to verify that the system is correctly detecting the
USB key. If the problem persists, then either the key is damaged or
the computer, including the USB port, may be malfunctioning. In this
case, the user will either have to try the key on another machine that
has a working USB environment to determine if the key is good; or
alternatively, the user can try another USB key that is known to be
working on another machine to try on the "problem" machine and
verify if its USB environment is functioning correctly. If the result
indicates that the USB key is not functioning properly, please return
the key to SimSci-Esscor technical support for further diagnosis. If
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the USB environment on the machine is not working correctly, the


user will have to resolve the machine problem first.
Another method for examining the USB environment is to use the
SuperproMedic utility program (SproMedic.exe) from Rainbow Technology. The install program (SuperproMedic.exe) for this utility is
available in the Utility folder in the USB 5.0 Retrofit program, which
can be found in the SimSci-Esscor ESD web site. The default install
location for this program is C:\Program Files\Rainbow Technologies\SuperPro\Medic. This program displays the version of the current Sentinel System Driver on the machine. Note that not all
versions of Sentinel System Driver work with the SimSci-Esscor USB
key. If the existing USB driver is not a good one, the SuperproMedic
utility program will indicate the problem as shown in the figure
below:
Figure 3-12: Version 5.39.2 - Unknown

In this case, the user will have to unplug the USB key from the
machine, un-install the current USB driver, and then re-install the
USB 7.0 driver.
When the utility program shows no error in the Sentinel System
Driver, the user can click on the Find SuperPro button to see if it can
detect the USB key. If it finds the key, the output should look similar
to that shown below:

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Figure 3-13: 1 Hard limit of first key found

If no keys are detected, the output is as follows (0 Hard limit of first


key found):
Figure 3-14: No SuperPro keys detected

Step 3 - Examine the SimSci-Esscor USB key and the USB.DLL


If the SproMedic.exe utility can correctly detect the USB key, the next
thing to look at is the USB.DLL and the USB key. A potential problem
with the USB.DLL is that it may not be recent enough to recognize
the applications turned on in the USB key. To eliminate this problem,
the user simply downloads the USB 5.0 Retrofit program from the
Update area in the SimSci-Esscor ESD web site, and then retrofits the
application accordingly to update the USB.DLL. After the retrofitting,
the user can run the USBKeyCheck.exe utility program first to see if
the USB key is good. If the USBKeycheck.exe program indicates that
the USB key has already expired or does not contain the license to
run the application, please contact the SimSci-Esscor sales representative to resolve this issue.

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Step 4 - Examine the copies of USB.DLL on the machine


Sometimes there are multiple copies of USB.DLL existing on the
machine. In this case, the application may or may not be using the
newly updated USB.DLL obtained from the previous step. The SimSci-Esscor security files, including USB.DLL, should only exist inside
the application folder and the application should only use its own set
of security files. Should there be any SimSci-Esscor security files
existing outside of all SimSci-Esscor application folders, it is highly
recommended that they be deleted to eliminate the confusion, especially those that exist on the paths specified in the PATH environment
variable.

General License Security Questions


Table 3-2: General License Security-related Problems and Solutions
Problem

Can I use mixed security types in one application session?

Fix

No. With the current license security implementation, only one licensing type can
be used in one application session.

Problem

Where do I download SimSci-Esscor license security software?

Fix

As long as you have a valid SimSci-Esscor ESD user account, you are eligible to
download the license security programs/utilities from the ESD web site. The
steps for the download are:
1. Open the web page http://www.simsci-esscor.com
2. Select Support->Software Updates & Knowledge
3. Click the "Enter the SIM4ME Software Updates & Knowledge Base Website"
link
4. Click the "License Security" link
5. Enter your user name and password and click the Login button
6. Click the "Updates/Documentations/Examples/Utilities/Simulation Tips" link
7. Click the item that you'd like to download

Problem

You have problems reading the disks: General failure reading drive, repeats the
request for the next disk (wrong disk). Errors during the installation or unloading
of the archived files.

Fix 1

1. Verify that you have inserted the correct disk.


2. Insert the disk again and retry.

Fix 2

1. Verify the disk with CHKDSK.


2. If the disk cannot be read, or if CHKDSK shows errors, contact Technical
Support for fast replacement.

Problem

Invalid path of access failures: You receive messages that files could not be
copied and that the installation failed.

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Fix 1

If you are installing to a network, ensure that you have adequate read/write
access privileges.

Fix 2

Ensure that you have enough disk space in the specified directory.

Problem

Security chip missing errors.

Fix 1

The security device must be the first item in parallel port.

Fix 2

Make sure that the security installation has been completed correctly and that
you have the security device listed in the installation instructions. Make sure that
the security device is firmly inserted into the parallel port.

Fix 3

Check the 25 connector pins on the security device for damage.

Fix 4

If a printer is attached, make sure it is turned on.

Fix 5

Some laptop computers do not put out enough voltage to the parallel port to
return an answer to the program. You can test this by attaching a printer, turning
it on, and executing the program. If it works with a printer attached, then you can
use that as a solution, move the program to another computer, or contact
Technical Support for a special battery adapter to increase voltage directly to the
security device number. Something to try: Some laptop problems have been
resolved by attaching a cable at least two feet long to the printer side of the
security device (no printer).

Fix 6

Make sure only similar security devices are piggybacked.

Problem

INPLANT is installed on a system running Windows NT. When you run INPLANT
software, it produces errors relating to security.

Fix

Ensure that whoever installed INPLANT software had system administration


rights/privileges.

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Chapter 4
Tutorial
This chapter provides a brief overview of the VISUAL FLOW program
and its use in solving routine plant operational problems. The basic
features of the program are illustrated through the construction of a
simple two source/one sink compositional relief system.

Problem Statement
A revamp is being performed on a petroleum refining facility, and the
required sizes for relief valves on two new vessels must be
determined (Schematic of Two-Vessel Relief System on page 1).
The compositions and relieving pressures for each case are given in
Table 4-1 on page 2. The backpressure and required area for each
valve must be determined. This is a fire case, and the corresponding
relieving temperature must be found for the dew-point liquid. The
flare base pressure is set at 19.5 psia.
Figure 4-1: Schematic of Two-Vessel Relief System

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Table 4-1: Compositions and Relieving Pressures

Vessel A - Dew Point Flash


Flowrate (LBHR)

20000

Relief Pressure (PSIG)

475

Temperature Estimate (F)

486

Composition (mole%)
Methane

5.03

Ethane

6.60

Propane

4.20

n-Butane

3.65

n-Pentane

5.79

Hexane

36.88

Octane

37.85

Vessel B - Dew Point Flash


Flowrate (LBHR)

22950

Relief Pressure (PSIG)

300

Temperature Estimate (F)

463

Composition (mole%)
Methane

0.00

Ethane

0.00

Propane

2.47

n-Butane

3.65

n-Pentane

16.55

Hexane

36.88

Octane

40.45

Table 4-2: Connection Data

From Vessel A to Relief Valve A:

Upward 8 in line 5 ft

From Relief Valve A to Tee:

Horizontal 8 in line 5 ft
Down 15 ft
Horizontal 25ft

From Vessel B to Relief Valve B:


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From Relief Valve B to Tee:

Horizontal 8 in line 5 ft
Down 25 ft
Horizontal 35 ft

From Tee to Sink:

Horizontal 8 in line 35 ft
Horizontal 10 in line 25 ft

General Approach
The basic steps involved in setting up and getting results from
VISUAL FLOW software are:
1.

Enter any problem-specific thermodynamic data, such as


overridden physical properties or binary interaction parameters.

2.

Enter the Network Solution criteria.

3.

Enter the gross physical structure of the problem by placing all


relieving vessels, relief valves, tees and sinks.

4.

Enter all of the data for each vessel, relief valve, tee and sink.

5.

Connect all equipment items together to form a flow network.

6.

Enter the detailed data for each connection between each


equipment device.

7.

Enter any data for additional cases to be run.

8.

Execute the network solution algorithm to solve all of the flow


networks and size the relief valves.

9.

Review the calculated data and generate reports.

Begin this tutorial by first opening the VISUAL FLOW program.


To start VISUAL FLOW software:

From the Start menu, select Program Files/SIMSCI/Visual Flow


5.5/Visual Flow 5.5.

The program opens a new document in the main simulation


document window (New Problem Document on page 4).

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Figure 4-2: New Problem Document

If you have more than one of the VISUAL FLOW products installed,
you are prompted as to which type of simulation should be run.
Select Visual Flare from the list of new documents.

Entering Default Data


For this problem, define the default units of measure as PSIG for
pressure, Deg F for temperature, LB/HR for flow rate, Inches for
diameter and Feet for units of length.
To set the default units for the source vessel:

From the Options/Defaults menu select Vessel. The Choose


dialog box appears (Choose Main PFD on page 4).

Figure 4-3: Choose Main PFD

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Click Main PFD . The Vessel Data dialog box appears.

Click on psia beside the units of measure field for pressure. A


drop-down list appears with the available units (Vessel Data Changing Pressure Units of Measure on page 5).

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Figure 4-4: Vessel Data - Changing Pressure Units of Measure

Select psig.

Do the same for flow rate (lb/hr).

The completed dialog box is shown below (Completed Vessel Data


Defaults on page 5).
Figure 4-5: Completed Vessel Data Defaults

Click OK to save the default values.

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Selecting Thermodynamic Method


Thermodynamic method should be defined for PFD to perform various calculations. Go to Options/Thermodynamic... or to view the list
of Thermodynamic Methods (Thermodynamic Method on page 6).
By default, Soave-Redlich-Kwong Method will be selected. Select the
appropriate Thermodynamic Method. For this problem, use the
default option.
Note: If you want to work with SIM4ME Thermo option, select the
option and follow the steps.
Figure 4-6: Thermodynamic Method

Selecting Network Solution Options


Selection of type Flash Method forms an important step to perform
various calculations in solving the network. Go to Options/Network
Solution options to select the Type of Flash Method to be used for the
calculation. In the Network Solution Options Menu, the following has
to be supplied.

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Select Options/Network Solution Options.

Select the Flash Method. By Default, Two Phase Flash Method


will be selected. For this Problem use the default.

Similarly, for Relief Valve Sizing use the API 2 Phase default
selection.
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Ensure that all required data are entered and press OK .

Figure 4-7: Network Solution Options

Note: The Flash Method like VLLE Phase, Water (Kerosene)


Decant, and User-Defined Decant will be activated only if you are
working with SIM4ME Thermo Option.

Adding the Unit Operation


Equipment items such as source vessels, sinks, relief valves and tees
are defined by first choosing one of the equipment items from the
tool bar at the top of the screen or choosing the item from the Add
menu.

To add unit operations to the flowsheet:

Click the Vessel button on the toolbar.

Drag the cursor to the location on the flowsheet where the first
vessel is to be placed and click again.

While you are moving the unit around on the flowsheet, the
cursor appears with a small vessel attached to indicate that you
are in the vessel creation mode.

Add the second vessel.

Click the Vessel button again to exit the vessel mode.

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Using Schematic of Two-Vessel Relief System on page 1 as a


guide, add the remaining units to the flowsheet.

The layout on the screen should resemble Simulation Flowsheet on


page 8.
Figure 4-8: Simulation Flowsheet

Note: Red color of the vessel indicates that it has not been
defined.

Entering Equipment Data


After all equipment items have been placed on the screen, enter the
details for each source, sink, tee and valve.

Entering Vessel Data


To enter the data for vessel A:

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Double-click the Vessel unit on the flowsheet. The Vessel Data


dialog box appears.

Enter the name Vessel A.


The stream exits at the dew point for the fluid at the relieving
pressure. Therefore, the dew point temperature must be
calculated.

From the Flash Type menu, select Dew Pt Temp.

Enter a pressure of 475 psig, flow rate of 20000 lb/hr, at an


estimate temperature of 200 F (Vessel Data Dialog Box on
page 9).
The pressure for this form is the pressure at which the vessel
will be relieved into the vent system.

Figure 4-9: Vessel Data Dialog Box

Click Composition to enter the composition of the source


stream.

Note: If you are working with SIM4ME Thermo option, clicking the
Composition will display the SIM4ME Composition Data dialog box
(Figure 5-7). Follow the steps mentioned in Slate and Method Tab
heading in completing Composition Data dialog box. After completion, select Mole/Mass Fraction. See details at the end of the page.

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Select Common from the Available Components List Group,


which is appropriate for most refining and gas processing
operations.

Click on the component to highlight it (Composition Data Dialog


Box on page 10).
Note: Multiple components can be selected from the list by
holding down the <Ctrl> key while clicking on the desired
components (Composition Data Dialog Box on page 10).

Figure 4-10: Composition Data Dialog Box

Click Add to select a component.

Note: After successfully applying Component, Method Slate in the


SIM4ME Composition Data dialog box, follow the steps described
below.

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Select the appropriate radio button - Mole fraction/Mass fraction


in which composition has to get entered. For example, if the
composition fractions are available in Mole fraction, select Mole
Fraction and start entering values for the respective components.

Normalize the component, when the Component mole fractions


do not sum up to 1.0.

Suppose you have entered Mole fraction and want to convert it


to Mass fraction, you are still allowed to make the change by
selecting the respective radio button. Before conversion, a popup appears (Conversion of Mole Fraction to Mass Fraction on
page 11). Click Yes to convert and No to revert back.

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Figure 4-11: Conversion of Mole Fraction to Mass Fraction

Click OK to return to the main PFD.


Note: If the stream mole percentages do not total 1.00, the

stream will automatically be normalized.


The complete dialog box is shown below (Composition Data
Dialog Box - Composition Defined on page 11).
Figure 4-12: Composition Data Dialog Box - Composition Defined

Click OK to return to the Vessel Data dialog box.

Click OK to return to the main PFD.

The pressure from the main Vessel Data dialog box is used along
with the current composition to calculate the computed temperature.

Repeat this procedure for vessel B.


Note: When the Vessel Data dialog box is closed, all current
properties for that stream are updated. Therefore, a simple way
to generate physical property data is to drop a vessel onto the
flowsheet, enter the composition, temperature and pressure for
the stream and close the dialog box. The physical properties for
the stream are then computed and can be displayed or printed.

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Entering Relief Valve Data


Now, double-click the Relief Valve to view the Relief Valve Data (See
Relief Valve Data on page 12). VISUAL FLOW software provides
default values for the following:

Relief Valve size

Set Pressure

% Source Flow

Relief Valve Type.

Figure 4-13: Relief Valve Data

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Enter the name Relief Valve A.

Select D1X2 from the Relief Valve Size drop-down menu.

The other estimates are appropriate for this example, therefore,


no additional data is necessary.

Repeat this procedure for Relief Valve B.

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Entering Outlet Data


The next step is to enter the data for the outlet. For this problem, the
outlet pressure is to be set at 19.5 psia.
To enter the data for the outlet:

Double-click the Outlet icon on the flowsheet to open the


dialog box.

Enter 19.5 in the Outlet Pressure field.

Note: If you are working with the SIM4ME Thermodynamic option,

select the desired Method Slate from the drop-down menu for both
Outlet and Tee Data dialog box.
Figure 4-14: Outlet Dialog Box

Click OK to save the changes.

Repeat the procedure for the other Relief Valve.

Entering Tee Data


The next step is to enter the data for the Tee.
To enter the data for the outlet:

Double-click the Tee icon on the flowsheet to open the data


dialog box (Tee Data Dialog Box on page 14).

VISUAL FLOW software provides default values for split ratio.

These estimates are appropriate for this example, therefore, no


additional data is necessary.

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Figure 4-15: Tee Data Dialog Box

Connecting the Units


Now that all of the data for the equipment items have been entered,
these items need to be connected together to form the network.
To connect two pieces of equipment:

Click Connection on the tool bar.

Move the cursor to the item from which the connection is to


originate and click on the item.
The cursor will turn to a crosshair (+) to indicate that a connection has begun.

Move the cursor over the item where the connection is to


terminate and click. A line is automatically drawn between the
two units.

When connecting to or from a tee, it is important to attach the


connection to the proper port on the tee because the configuration
will be determined automatically, by the program.

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Connect all of the vessels to their associated relief valves, these


valves to the tee and the tee to the sink.

When complete, your flowsheet should resemble the


configuration shown in Connected Vessels on page 15.

Figure 4-16: Connected Vessels

Click Connection again to exit the connect mode.

If either the From or To equipment items are repositioned, the


connection is automatically redrawn to fit a path that does not
intercept any equipment or other connections already on the
diagram.

Entering Piping Data


The next step in defining the simulation is to enter the details of the
piping as it traverses from one piece of equipment to another. This is
accomplished in one of two ways
1.

Through the isometric drawing mode to sketch the physical


layout of the piping.

2.

Through the device entry spreadsheet.

Isometric Document Window


When entering the Isometric Document Window, the flowsheet
displays the From device on the screen. Moving the cursor will
change the orientation of the device in increments of 90 degrees. The
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number shown is the length of the current piece of pipe being input.
The diameter and type of pipe are shown in the toolbar along the top
of the screen.
Figure 4-17: Isometric View Document

Before beginning to enter the piping, select View/Scale from the


menu bar to adjust the granularity of the screen drawing mode. It will
help the cursor movements to produce a reasonable change in pipe
length.
For very long pipes, you will want to change this back to a more
coarse setting. For shorter pipe lengths, such as in this example
problem, a scale of 0.25 is more appropriate.
Figure 4-18: Defining the Pipe Scale

To draw piping in the isometric document window:

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Use the information provided in Table 9-2 to draw the first


segment. Double-click the connection between Vessel A and
Relief Valve A.

Draw the segment 5 feet in length as a vertical line upwards from


the vessel.

Double-click to finish the connection.

Click OK on the toolbar to return to the main PFD.

For the section from Relief Valve A to the Tee, there are three pipe
segments.

Draw the second connection by double-clicking the connection


between Relief Valve A and the Tee.

Draw the first segment, 5 feet in length, as a straight line out


from the valve and adjusting the cursor until the length shows 5
feet.

Click once to anchor this pipe in place.

Move the cursor downward 15 feet to get the second pipe


segment.
As the cursor moves downward, the program will automatically
insert an elbow into the line where it is needed.

When the line reaches 15 feet, click again to anchor that pipe and
begin to draw the horizontal line.

When the line reaches 25 feet, double-click to finish the


connection.
The tee unit is automatically drawn at the end of the last
segment.

The complete segment is shown in Completed Pipe Segments on


page 17.
Figure 4-19: Completed Pipe Segments

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To adjust the length of any segment, click on the segment. Grab the
handle that appears at the downstream end of the segment and drag
it until the new length is shown.

Device Spreadsheet
You can enter piping only in a purely horizontal or vertical orientation
(increments of 90 degrees) in the isometric drawing mode. For
piping at odd angles, the device spreadsheet must be used. The next
two connections (for Vessel B) are shown in this manner.
To enter data in the device spreadsheet:

Double-click the connection between Vessel B and Relief


Valve B.

In the isometric view document, select Edit/Data from the menu


bar to activate the device spreadsheet. The device spreadsheet
appears (Device Spreadsheet on page 18).

Figure 4-20: Device Spreadsheet

Enter the device type, Pipe.

Select the Nominal diameter of 8 inches.

Enter a length of 5 feet and elevation change of 0.

Select the Schedule as SCH40.

Enter the Roughness factor 0.0002 feet.

The pipe direction is given as Up/Down or North/South/East/West. A


bend going from a horizontal pipe heading west to a downcomer is
defined as West->Down (or w->d).
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In the direction field, type Up.

Click OK to save the changes.

The program automatically checks to see if this is a valid


configuration. An isometric drawing is created if the configuration is
valid and the Validate Equipment option is checked. If the
configuration is not valid, no isometric drawing will be produced.

Click OK to update the isometric information and return to the


main document.

Repeat this procedure for the fourth connection which comprises of three segments. However, before entering data, click
Insert After twice to create three rows, one for each segment.

Changing the Pipe Diameter


For the connection from the tee to the sink, there is a change in diameter for the pipe at about the mid-point.
To change the pipe diameter:

Double-click the connection between the tee and the outlet.

Draw the 8-inch line straight out from the tee 35 feet in length.

Click to signify the end of this section of pipe.

Select 10 inch from the Diameter list on the toolbar and the
second part of the line to 25 feet.

Double-click to define the end of the segment.

The complete line segment between the tee and the output is shown
in Specifying a Change in Pipe Diameter on page 19.
Figure 4-21: Specifying a Change in Pipe Diameter

The expansion for going from the 8-inch to the 10- inch pipe is
entered automatically by the program.

Click OK to update the isometric information and return to the


main document.

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Solving the Network


Now that all of the data for the network have been entered, the back
pressures for each of the relief valves as well as the required valve
sizes can be calculated. VISUAL FLOW software performs these calculations by starting at the flare base and working backward through
the network up to the source vessels. A simultaneous solution
method is used to resolve flows and pressures for situations where
there are loops in the network or multiple sinks.
To begin the network solution:

Click on the outlet to indicate which network is to be solved.

Select Tasks/Solve Network from the menu bar.

After the program has reached a solution, the message box in Successful Solution Message Box on page 20 appears.
Figure 4-22: Successful Solution Message Box

This message indicates that the program has successfully calculated


all of the backpressure and sized the relief valves. If there are loops
or multiple sinks in the network, then the pressure and flowrate
imbalances have been solved within the program tolerance.
If the Warning - Failed to Solve Network message appears, check all
of the input for the problem and make sure that the problem
definition matches the input data. A very common mistake at this
point is that the units of measure have not been set properly. After
any changes have been made, re-run the problem by selecting Tasks/
Solve Network from the menu bar.

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Reviewing the Results


The output from VISUAL FLOW software can be reviewed in one of
two ways:

Interactive display of the results on the screen

Generating a hard copy report.

Interactive Output Review


To review the results on the screen:

Click Text Box from the tool bar.

Click the unit icon on the flowsheet for which the data is to be
displayed.
For example, Displaying Results Data on the Flowsheet on
page 21 shows the results data for the outlet.

Figure 4-23: Displaying Results Data on the Flowsheet

Deselect Display Text by clicking on it again.

Plotting the Output


After the network has reached a solution, you can generate a plot of
the pressure and temperature along the link.
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To generate plots:

Select the connection and right-click. The Connection Profile


Graphs dialog box appears (Connection Profile Graph on
page 23).

Select the respective radio button for Units either SI or English/


US to be used in the graph.

Click Select Cases to view the list of cases connected to the


PFD.

Select the case for which you want to see the profile.

Click Select Profile and select the desired profile which you
want to view.

Select the type of graph which you want to view from the dropdown menu. Choose the type of graph desired and the units of
measure. The selected graph appears.

To copy the current plot into the clipboard for use in other
programs, click Copy .

Click Print to print the graph.

To view the generated data points in a tabular format, click


Graph Data .

For example, Displaying Results Data on the Flowsheet on page 21


shows pressure as function of link length along the connection
between the tee and the outlet.

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Figure 4-24: Connection Profile Graph

Click Close to return to the graph.

Click Close to exit the graph and return to the main PFD.

You can customize the graph by selecting any of the customization


buttons along the top of the graph window.

Generating a Report
VISUAL FLOW software also has the capability to save and print
reports. Reports generated from VISUAL FLOW software contain all
of the information for the problem in a pre-formatted manner. They
can be used for archival purposes or inclusion in a formal report. You
can also customize these reports to fit the needs of a particular site
or customer.
You can generate the report data for printing at a later time, print out
a report from previously generated data or generate and print the
data in a single step. To do so, select Tasks/Reports from the menu
bar.
To select and print graphs from the Report Manager:

Choose Reports/Generate&View from the menu bar. The Reports


dialog box appears (Reports Generator on page 24).

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Figure 4-25: Reports Generator

Select the desired types of reports by clicking the check boxes


beside the lists of different report types.

Either save the generated report by selecting Tasks/Reports/Save


Reports, or print them by clicking Print or selecting File/Print
from the menu bar.

For example, to view the Streams Report on the screen, check the
box next to Streams and highlight Style 1. Select File/Print... and
choose Screen from the menu. The report that appears should look
similar to that shown in Streams Report - Stream Data Sheet on
page 25.

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Figure 4-26: Streams Report - Stream Data Sheet

Select File/Exit to leave the Report Manager and return to


VISUAL FLOW software.

Note: Refer to the Application Briefs manual for tutorial based

explanation on other features of VISUAL FLOW software.

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Creating and Running Case Studies


Up to this point, only the base case for the simulation has been
performed. For Case II, only the composition and relief pressures for
the vessels are changed.
It is very important to ensure that the base case (Case I) is properly
working before moving on to the other cases so that input errors in
the base case do not propagate throughout the remainder of the
cases.
To create a new case:

Choose Add/Case from the menu bar. The Add Case dialog box
appears (Add Case Dialog Box on page 26).

Figure 4-27: Add Case Dialog Box

Enter Case II for the New Case Name.

When creating a new case, the entire Base Case simulation is copied
into the current case. For case studies, only a limited set of information can be changed. Changing the structure of the network from
within any case study will affect the structure of all of the case
studies.

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For CASE II, enter the new set of data for vessels A and B from
Table 9-1.

Set the flow rate for vessel A to zero since there is no flow from
that vessel in CASE II.

Follow the instructions provided in the Solving the Network


section to solve CASE II.

Generate output for CASE II as you did for the base case run.

Tutorial

Index
A
Adding
components
connecting links

Examples
See Also Tutorial
4-10
4-14

Flash type
FLEXlm

C
Cases
creating
Changing pipe diameter
Choose dialog box
Components
selecting
Composition
Connecting links
drawing
Creating
case study

4-26
4-19
4-4
4-10
4-9
4-14
4-26

D
Data entry
outlet
tee
vessel
Defaults
entering data
Directory structure
VISUAL FLOW
Documentation
Online Help

4-13
4-13
4-8
4-4
2-6
1-iv
1-v

VISUAL FLOW 5.5 Getting Started Guide

4-13
4-13
4-8
4-8

4-9
2-4

G
General approach for setting up a simulation
Generating
plots
reports

4-3
4-21
4-23

I
Installing
Visual Flow Suite
Isometric document window
accessing
drawing pipe segments

2-1
4-15
4-16

N
Networks
solving

4-20

O
Operating system requirements
Outlet
data entry

E
Entering data for
outlets
tees
unit operations
vessels

1-1, 1-2
4-13

P
PHAST FX
License Wizard

1-7

I-1

Run Wizard
PHAST FX license
Pipe
scale
Pipe diameter, changing
Plots
pressure vs. length

1-7
1-7
4-16
4-19
4-22

R
Reports
generating

4-23

S
Security
FLEXlm
TOKEN
USB
Security options
Visual Flow Suite
Simsci-Esscor
Solving
networks
Spreadsheets
equipment data worksheet

2-4
2-5
2-4
2-2, 2-3, 2-4
1-7
4-20

creating a new case


displaying output results on the screen
drawing pipe segments
entering default data
entering equipment data
entering outlet data
entering tee data
entering vessel data
general approach
generating a report
generating plots
opening the isometric document window
problem statement
reviewing the results
solving the network
using the device spreadsheet
Typical installation
VISUAL FLOW

4-26
4-21
4-16
4-4
4-8
4-13
4-13
4-8
4-3
4-23
4-21
4-15
4-1
4-21
4-20
4-18
2-3

U
Uninstalling
Visual Flow Suite
Unit operations
adding
Units of measure
changing global defaults

2-8
4-6
4-4

4-18

V
T
Tee
data entry
Testing the installation
Visual Flow Suite
Text box, displaying on screen
Tutorial
adding components
adding the unit operations
changing the pipe diameter
changing the pipe scale
connecting the units

VISUAL FLOW 5.5 Getting Started Guide

4-13
2-7
4-21
4-10
4-6
4-19
4-16
4-14

Vessel
data entry
VISUAL FLOW
default directory structure
package contents
typical installation
Visual Flow
general approach
Visual Flow Suite
icons
selecting the security
testing the installation

4-8
2-6
1-1
2-3
4-3
2-4, 2-7
2-2, 2-3, 2-4
2-7

I-2

uninstalling

VISUAL FLOW 5.5 Getting Started Guide

2-8

I-3