August 2013

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Use a simulation tool for multi-commodity pipeline scheduling

Pipeline transport represents one of the most important means of moving oil derivatives to different locations. It is both a reliable and inexpensive means of transport, and it yields small variable c..

Ortega-Mier, M., García-Sánchez, A., Polytechnic University of Madrid; Goti, A., Natra SA

Pipeline transport represents one of the most important means of moving oil derivatives to different locations. It is both a reliable and inexpensive means of transport, and it yields small variable costs along with a great degree of reliability. Pipeline scheduling is not a trivial task; it involves considerable time from schedulers. Discussed here is a real-application case of a tool that helps schedulers simulate pipeline performance as a means of creating a feasible schedule for a particular time span. A unique challenge of pipeline transportation arises in the way oil derivatives advance through piping. When a certain amount of product (package) is pumped into the pipeline, this pack

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