AZprocede: A Dynamic Process Simulator for Chemical Engineering
AZprocede is a software that allows you to run in real time various virtual processes or equipment, such as pumps, heat exchangers, compressors, controllers, distillation and extraction columns, evaporation and crystallization plants, chemical reactors, refrigeration units, etc. It is a dynamic simulator of physico-chemical processes, running on Windows. AZprocede is free for private use, with limited features. For educational or professional use, a paid license is required.
In this article, we will introduce the main features and benefits of AZprocede, and show you how to download and install it on your PC. We will also give you some examples of exercises and courses that you can do with AZprocede to learn and practice chemical engineering concepts and skills.
AZprocede is a real-time simulation software of various chemical processes and equipment[^1^] [^2^]. It was developed by Alain Zwingelstein, a former teacher of chemical engineering at the University of Toulouse in France[^1^]. The software aims to provide a realistic and interactive learning environment for students and professionals who want to understand and control different types of processes[^2^].
With AZprocede, you can run on your computer various processes as if they were real. You can see a 2D view of the entire process with real-time values and animation[^3^]. You can also modify the operating conditions, such as flow rates, temperatures, pressures, compositions, etc., and observe the effects on the process behavior[^2^]. You can also change some equipment parameters, such as tray number for a distillation column, controller tuning, etc., depending on your license type[^2^].
AZprocede offers a wide range of process models to choose from, such as[^2^]:
Batch or continuous distillation column
Batch or continuous stirred reactor
Liquid-liquid extraction in a separation funnel
Counter current column
Centrifugal pump and centrifugal compressor
Steam boiler (coming soon)
AZprocede is not only a simulation tool, but also a learning resource. The software comes with many exercises and courses that you can do with AZprocede to learn and practice chemical engineering concepts and skills[^1^] [^2^]. For example, you can learn about process control, distillation, evaporation, crystallization, reaction, extraction, combustion, steam production, etc. You can also find some solutions and explanations for some of the exercises on the website[^1^].
How to download and install AZprocede?
AZprocede runs on a PC with Windows operating system. You can download it for free from the official website[^1^]. The latest version is 17 February 2022: AZprocede2022_2.exe[^1^]. If you have an older version (2017_2), you need to update it by running the installer 2022_2 on your existing installation[^1^]. The file size is about 20 MB.
To install AZprocede on your PC, you just need to run the downloaded executable file and follow the instructions. The installation process is simple and fast. You can choose the language (French or English) and the destination folder for the software. After the installation is complete, you can launch AZprocede from the Start menu or from the desktop shortcut.
How to use AZprocede?
To use AZprocede for private use on your personal computer at home, you need to register through this form[^1^]. You will receive an email containing a personal file with registering keys within some days. The keys are valid for one to three months and are renewable upon request[^1^]. The registration is free and allows you to overcome some of the software limitations for unregistered users[^1^] [^2^], such as: