Bottleneck analysis of a chemical plant using discrete event simulation

Bikram Sharda, Scott J. Bury
2010 Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference  
This paper describes a debottlenecking study for different products in a chemical plant of The Dow Chemical Company. We used discrete event simulation to represent the chemical plant operations and to identify individual processes that limit the plant production. Our analysis successfully identified different bottlenecks for each product. The simulation will be used in future evaluations of the costs and benefits of different solutions identified for validated root causes. The simulation
more » ... e simulation captures plant dynamics and can be easily leveraged to other improvement opportunities in the plant with no to little customization. In this paper, we present the general approach used for identifying the bottlenecks and the analysis results. 1 1547 978-1-4244-9864-2/10/$26.00 ©2010 IEEE
doi:10.1109/wsc.2010.5678916 dblp:conf/wsc/ShardaB10 fatcat:53xf5gkuvzbelicwsuqhxd7vyu