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Aspen Engineering Suite

Aspen Engineering

Known Issues in V7.0


and V7.1
Version Number: V7.1
January 2009
Copyright (c) 2009 by Aspen Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.

Aspen Acol+™, Aspen Adsim®, Aspen Adsorption, Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger, Aspen Basic Engineering, Aspen
Batch Process Developer, Aspen Batch Distillation, Aspen Batch Plus®, Aspen BatchSep™, Aspen Capital Cost
Estimator, Aspen CatRef®, Aspen Chromatography®, Aspen COMThermo®, Aspen Custom Modeler®, Aspen
Distillation Synthesis, Aspen Dynamics®, Aspen Energy Analyzer, Aspen FCC®, Aspen Fired Heater, Aspen
FiredHeater, Aspen Flare System Analyzer, Aspen FLARENET™, Aspen HTFS Research Network™, Aspen HX-Net®,
Aspen Hydrocracker®, Aspen Hydrotreater™, Aspen HYSYS Amines™, Aspen HYSYS Dynamics™, Aspen HYSYS
OLGAS 3-Phase™, Aspen HYSYS OLGAS™, Aspen HYSYS PIPESYS™, Aspen HYSYS RTO™ Offline, Aspen HYSYS
Upstream Dynamics™, Aspen HYSYS Upstream™, Aspen HYSYS Upstream™, Aspen HYSYS®, Aspen HYSYS®
Thermodynamics COM Interface, Aspen HYSYS® Pipeline Hydraulics - OLGAS 2-Phase, Aspen HYSYS® Pipeline
Hydraulics - OLGAS 3-Phase, Aspen HYSYS® Pipeline Hydraulics - PIPESYS, Aspen HYSYS® Offline Optimizer,
Aspen HYSYS® Hydrocracker, Aspen HYSYS® Reformer, Aspen HYSYS® CatCracker, Aspen HYSYS® Petroleum
Refining, Aspen Icarus Process Evaluator®, Aspen Icarus Project Manager®, Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator, Aspen
Kbase®, Aspen MINLP Optimization, Aspen Mixed Integer Optimizer, Aspen Model Runner™, Aspen MPIMS™,
Aspen MUSE™, Aspen Online Deployment™, Aspen OnLine®, Aspen OnLine®, Aspen OTS Framework, Aspen PIMS
Advanced Optimization™, Aspen PIMS Submodel Calculator™, Aspen PIMS™, Aspen Plate Exchanger, Aspen
Plate+™, Aspen Plus Optimizer™, Aspen Plus®, Aspen Plus® CatCracker, Aspen Plus® Dynamics, Aspen Plus®
Hydrocracker, Aspen Plus® Hydrotreater, Aspen Plus® Reformer, Aspen Polymers, Aspen Polymers Plus™, Aspen
Process Economic Analyzer, Aspen Process Manual™, Aspen Process Tools™, Aspen Properties®, Aspen Rate-Based
Distillation, Aspen RateSep™, Aspen Reaction Modeler, Aspen RefSYS Catcracker™, Aspen RefSYS Hydrocracker™,
Aspen RefSYS Reformer™, Aspen RefSYS™, Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger, Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical, Aspen
Simulation Workbook™, Aspen Solubility Modeler, Aspen Split™, Aspen Tasc+™, Aspen Teams®, Aspen Utilities
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Contents

Contents..................................................................................................................1

Introduction for V7.0 and V7.1................................................................................5


Product Name Changes in aspenONE V7.0 ......................................................... 5

Aspen Engineering Workflows.................................................................................9


Process Engineering Console V7.0 .................................................................... 9
Process Engineering Console V7.1 ...................................................................10
Process Development Console V7.0 and V7.1 ....................................................10
Integrated Sizing and Costing V7.0..................................................................11
Integrated Sizing and Costing V7.1..................................................................11

Process Modeling (Aspen Plus) .............................................................................13


Aspen Plus V7.0 ............................................................................................13
Aspen Plus V7.1 ............................................................................................14
The OLI Interface V7.0...................................................................................16
The OLI Interface V7.1...................................................................................16
Aspen Properties V7.0....................................................................................17
Aspen Properties V7.1....................................................................................17

Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus)...........................................................19


Aspen Custom Modeler V7.0 ...........................................................................19
Aspen Custom Modeler V7.1 ...........................................................................20
Aspen Model Runner V7.0...............................................................................21
Aspen Model Runner V7.1...............................................................................21
Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.0 (formerly Aspen Dynamics) .......................................22
Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.1 (formerly Aspen Dynamics) .......................................23
Aspen Adsorption V7.0 (formerly Aspen Adsim) .................................................24
Aspen Adsorption V7.1 (formerly Aspen Adsim) .................................................25
Aspen Utilities Planner V7.0 ............................................................................26
Aspen Utilities Planner V7.1 ............................................................................26

Process Modeling (HYSYS) ....................................................................................27


Aspen HYSYS V7.0 ........................................................................................27
Aspen HYSYS V7.1 ........................................................................................29

Contents 1
Aspen HYSYS Dynamics V7.0 ..........................................................................29
Aspen HYSYS Dynamics V7.1 ..........................................................................30
Aspen HYSYS Upstream V7.0 ..........................................................................30
Aspen HYSYS Upstream V7.1 ..........................................................................31
Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining V7.0 (formerly Aspen RefSYS) ..........................32
Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining V7.1 (formerly Aspen RefSYS) ..........................34

Exchanger Design and Rating................................................................................37


All Exchanger Design and Rating Products V7.0 .................................................37
All Exchanger Design and Rating Products V7.1 .................................................38
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.0 (formerly Aspen ACOL+) .................................39
Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger V7.1 (formerly Aspen ACOL+) .................................39
Aspen Fired Heater V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen FiredHeater)..........................40
Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen TASC+) ................40
Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen TEAMS) ................41
Aspen Plate Exchanger V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen Plate+)............................41
Aspen HTFS Research Network V7.0 and V7.1 ...................................................41
Aspen MUSE V7.0 and V7.1 ............................................................................42
Plate Fin Exchanger V7.0................................................................................42
Plate Fin Exchanger V7.1................................................................................43

Economic Evaluation .............................................................................................45


Aspen Capital Cost Estimator V7.0 (formerly Aspen KBase) .................................45
Aspen Capital Cost Estimator V7.1 (formerly Aspen KBase) .................................46
Plot Plan Processor feature V7.0 ......................................................................48
Plot Plan Processor feature V7.1 ......................................................................50
Spreadsheet Data Entry feature V7.0 ...............................................................50
Spreadsheet Data Entry feature V7.1 ...............................................................51
Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator V7.0 (formerly Aspen Icarus Project Manager) ........51
Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator V7.1 (formerly Aspen Icarus Project Manager) ........52
Aspen Process Economic Analyzer V7.0 (formerly Aspen Icarus Process Evaluation) 53
Aspen Process Economic Analyzer V7.1 (formerly Aspen Icarus Process Evaluation) 55
Integrated Sizing and Costing feature V7.0 (available in Aspen Plus and Aspen
HYSYS)........................................................................................................58
Integrated Sizing and Costing feature V7.1 (available in Aspen Plus and Aspen
HYSYS)........................................................................................................59

Energy and Flare Analysis .....................................................................................61


Aspen Energy Analyzer V7.0 (formerly Aspen HX-Net) ........................................61
Aspen Energy Analyzer V7.1 (formerly Aspen HX-Net) ........................................61
Aspen Flare System Analyzer V7.0 (formerly Aspen FLARENET) ...........................62
Aspen Flare System Analyzer V7.1 (formerly Aspen FLARENET) ...........................62
Aspen HYSYS Thermodynamics COM Interface V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
COMThermo) ................................................................................................63

Aspen Simulation Workbook .................................................................................65


Aspen Simulation Workbook V7.0 ....................................................................65
Aspen Simulation Workbook V7.1 ....................................................................66
Aspen OOMF V7.0 and V7.1 ............................................................................67

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Process Development ............................................................................................69
Aspen Batch Process Developer V7.0 (formerly Aspen Batch Plus) ........................69
Aspen Batch Process Developer V7.1 (formerly Aspen Batch Plus) ........................70
Solubility Modeling V7.0 and V7.1....................................................................71

Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development).............................................73


Aspen Batch Distillation V7.0 (formerly Aspen BatchSep) ....................................73
Aspen Batch Distillation V7.1 (formerly Aspen BatchSep) ....................................74
Aspen Reaction Modeler V7.0 ..........................................................................75
Aspen Reaction Modeler V7.1 ..........................................................................75
Aspen Chromatography V7.0 ..........................................................................76
Aspen Chromatography V7.1 ..........................................................................76
Aspen Process Tools V7.0 and V7.1 .................................................................77

Aspen Process Manual V7.0 and V7.1 ....................................................................79


Aspen Process Manual V7.0 ............................................................................79
Aspen Process Manual V7.1 ............................................................................79

Basic Engineering V7.0 and V7.1 ...........................................................................81


Aspen Basic Engineering V7.0 (formerly Aspen Zyqad) .......................................81
Aspen Basic Engineering V7.1 (formerly Aspen Zyqad) .......................................81

Operations Support ...............................................................................................85


Aspen Online Deployment V7.0 .......................................................................85
Aspen Online Deployment V7.1 .......................................................................87
Aspen OTS Framework V7.0 ...........................................................................90
Aspen OTS Framework V7.1 ...........................................................................91

Aspen OnLine V7.0 and V7.1 .................................................................................93

Aspen Plus Refinery Based Reactors .....................................................................95


Aspen Plus Catcracker V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen FCC) ................................95
Aspen Plus Hydrocracker V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen Hydrocracker)................95
Aspen Plus Hydrotreater V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen Hydrotreater) .................96
Aspen Plus Reformer V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen CatRef) ..............................96

Aspen Open Object Model Framework V7.0 and V7.1 ............................................97

Contents 3
4 Contents
Introduction for V7.0 and
V7.1

This document contains a summary of known issues or limitations relating to


this release. Workarounds are suggested where possible.
Known issues are listed as those relating to:
• Coexistence issues (different versions of products on the same computer).
• Installation issues (potential problems arising during the install or uninstall
procedure).
• Usability issues (interface issues that will be addressed in future
releases/hot fixes).
Please refer to the tables in each product section for issues relating to the
products you are using.

Note: For additional information about Known Issues, see the AspenTech
Support web site (http://support.aspentech.com). For additional information
about issues relevant to the complete product line, see the aspenONE Known
Issues on the Documentation DVD.

Product Name Changes in


aspenONE V7.0
With the release of aspenONE V7.0, AspenTech has made the decision to
provide more functional names to several of its Process Engineering products.
The new names will reflect the function/role that each product performs as
part of the overall Aspen Engineering. The installation has also been re-
organized to reflect functional groups. To the release of aspenONE V7.1,
AspenTech still use these new names. Use the chart below to see the new
product names and their corresponding installation selections.

Introduction for V7.0 and V7.1 5


Product Name Product Name Install Mapping Required Install
Release 2006.5 V7.0 (What to Install) Option Selection
Aspen Acol+™ Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger Design And ---
Exchanger Rating
Aspen Adsim® Aspen Adsorption Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
(Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen Batch Plus® Aspen Batch Process Development ---
Process Developer
Aspen BatchSep™ Aspen Batch Process Development Advanced Modeling
Distillation Options
Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
(Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen CatRef® Aspen Plus® Aspen Plus Based ---
Reformer Refinery Reactors
Aspen Aspen Process Development Advanced Modeling
Chromatography® Chromatography® Options
Aspen Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling Energy and Flare
COMThermo® Thermodynamics (HYSYS) Analysis
COM Interface
Aspen Custom Aspen Custom Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Modeler® Modeler® (Aspen Plus) Options
Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
(HYSYS) Options
Aspen Dynamics® Aspen Plus® Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Dynamics (Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen FCC® Aspen Plus® Aspen Plus Based ---
CatCracker Refinery Reactors
Aspen FiredHeater Aspen Fired Heater Exchanger Design And ---
Rating
Aspen FLARENET™ Aspen Flare System Process Modeling Energy and Flare
Analyzer (Aspen Plus) Analysis
Process Modeling Energy and Flare
(HYSYS) Analysis
Aspen HTFS Aspen HTFS Exchanger Design And ---
Research Network™ Research Network™ Rating
Aspen HX-Net® Aspen Energy Process Modeling Energy and Flare
Analyzer (Aspen Plus) Analysis
Process Modeling Energy and Flare
(HYSYS) Analysis
Aspen Aspen Plus® Aspen Plus Based ---
Hydrocracker® Hydrocracker Refinery Reactors
Aspen Aspen Plus® Aspen Plus Based ---
Hydrotreater™ Hydrotreater Refinery Reactors
Aspen HYSYS® Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling ---
(HYSYS)
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS Process Modeling ---
Amines™ Amines™ (HYSYS)
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS Process Modeling ---
Dynamics™ Dynamics™ (HYSYS)

6 Introduction for V7.0 and V7.1


Product Name Product Name Install Mapping Required Install
Release 2006.5 V7.0 (What to Install) Option Selection
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling ---
OLGAS™ Pipeline Hydraulics (HYSYS)
- OLGAS 2-Phase
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling ---
OLGAS 3-Phase™ Pipeline Hydraulics (HYSYS)
- OLGAS 3-Phase
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling ---
PIPESYS™ Pipeline Hydraulics (HYSYS)
- PIPESYS
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling ---
RTO™ Offline Offline Optimizer (HYSYS)
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS Process Modeling ---
Upstream™ Upstream™ (HYSYS)
Aspen HYSYS Aspen HYSYS Process Modeling ---
Upstream Upstream (HYSYS)
Dynamics™ Dynamics™
Aspen Icarus Aspen Process Economic Evaluation ---
Process Evaluator® Economic Analyzer
Aspen Icarus Aspen In-Plant Cost Economic Evaluation ---
Project Manager® Estimator
Aspen Kbase® Aspen Capital Cost Economic Evaluation ---
Estimator
Aspen MPIMS™ Aspen MPIMS™ Aspen PIMS ---
Aspen Model Aspen Model Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Runner™ Runner™ (Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen MUSE™ Aspen MUSE™ --- ---

Aspen OnLine® Aspen OnLine® --- ---


Aspen Online Aspen Online Operations Support Aspen Online
Deployment™ Deployment™ Deployment
Aspen PIMS™ Aspen PIMS™ Aspen PIMS ---
Aspen PIMS Aspen PIMS Aspen PIMS ---
Advanced Advanced
Optimization™ Optimization™
Aspen PIMS Aspen PIMS Aspen PIMS ---
Submodel Submodel
Calculator™ Calculator™
Aspen Plate+™ Aspen Plate Exchanger Design and ---
Exchanger Rating
Aspen Plus® Aspen Plus® Process Modeling ---
(Aspen Plus)
Aspen Plus EO Aspen Plus EO Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Model Library Model Library (HYSYS) Options
(Equation-Oriented (Equation-Oriented
HYSYS) HYSYS)
Aspen Plus Aspen Plus Process Modeling ---
Optimizer™ Optimizer™ (Aspen Plus)
Process Modeling Advanced Simulation

Introduction for V7.0 and V7.1 7


Product Name Product Name Install Mapping Required Install
Release 2006.5 V7.0 (What to Install) Option Selection
(HYSYS) Options
Aspen Polymers Aspen Polymers Process Modeling ---
Plus™ (Aspen Plus)
Aspen Process Aspen Process Process Development ---
Manual™ Manual™ (Server Installation
only)
Aspen Process Aspen Process Process Development Advanced Modeling
Tools™ Tools™ Options
Aspen Properties® Aspen Properties® Process Modeling ---
(Aspen Plus)
Aspen solubility Process Development ---
modeler
functionality
Aspen RateSep™ Aspen Rate-Based Process Modeling ---
Distillation (Aspen Plus)
Aspen RefSYS™ Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling
Petroleum Refining (HYSYS)
Aspen RefSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Catcracker™ CatCracker (HYSYS) Options
Aspen RefSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Hydrocracker™ Hydrocracker (HYSYS) Options
Aspen RefSYS Aspen HYSYS® Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Reformer™ Reformer (HYSYS) Options
Aspen Simulation Aspen Simulation Operations Support Aspen Simulation
Workbook™ Workbook™ Workbook
Process Modeling Aspen Simulation
(Aspen Plus) Workbook
Process Modeling Aspen Simulation
(HYSYS) Workbook
Aspen Split™ Aspen Distillation Process Modeling ---
Synthesis (Aspen Plus)
Aspen Tasc+™ Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger Design And ---
Exchanger Rating
Aspen Teams® Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger Design And ---
Mechanical Rating
Aspen Utilities Aspen Utilities On- Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Operations™ Line Optimizer (Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen Utilities Aspen Utilities Process Modeling Advanced Simulation
Planner™ Planner™ (Aspen Plus) Options
Aspen Zyqad™ Aspen Basic Aspen Basic ---
Engineering Engineering
NEW Aspen OTS Operations Support Aspen OTS
Framework Framework

8 Introduction for V7.0 and V7.1


Aspen Engineering
Workflows

Process Engineering Console


V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

PE Console cannot start Aspen Install ASW on d: drive


Simulation Workbook unless Aspen
Simulation Workbook is installed on d:
drive
PE Console does not properly keep track Open Heat Exchanger Design program
of Heat Exchanger Design (.edr) files. from PE Console, then open .edr file of
interest from within Heat Exchanger
Design.

Aspen Engineering Workflows 9


Process Engineering Console
V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

In order for Aspen Process Engineering These can be downloaded and installed
Console to start Aspen Simulation from the sites below:
Workbook, the Microsoft Office Primary http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/de
Interop Assemblies must be installed. tails.aspx?familyid=59DAEBAA-BED4-
These are normally installed with 4282-A28C-
Microsoft Office, but may be omitted in B864D8BFA513&displaylang=en (Office
some express or custom installations. 2007)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/de
tails.aspx?familyid=3C9A983A-AC14-
4125-8BA0-
D36D67E0F4AD&displaylang=en (Office
2003)

Process Development Console


V7.0 and V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

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Integrated Sizing and Costing
V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Costing can only be activated for one If you have two simulations open, only
simulation at a time. activate costing for one of them.

Integrated Sizing and Costing


V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Engineering Workflows 11


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Process Modeling (Aspen
Plus)

Aspen Plus V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The Reboiler Wizard in the RadFrac You should clear the Maintain link
block is not able to prevent you from checkbox before deleting one of these
deleting one of the linked blocks when blocks; otherwise you may experience
the Maintain link feature is used. unpredictable effects. When you delete a
block, any Calculator blocks referencing
it may be marked incomplete. You should
delete those blocks as well.
When loading a file from version 2006 This happens because version 2006 did
which contains temperature-dependent not contain the units for these
parameters from the NIST databank, parameters in the database. Versions
input is incomplete. 2006.5 and V7.0 include these units and
expect them to be specified. To fix this
problem, select Tools | Clean Property
Parameters. Select Clean property
parameters placed on input forms
and then click OK twice. Then on the
Components | Specifications |
Selection sheet, click Review to
retrieve the parameters from the
database again.

Process Modeling (Aspen Plus) 13


If any COM Add-ins (such as the one You can end this Excel process from the
from Aspen Simulation Workbook, or Task Manager or leave it running. It
any third-party COM Add-in) are should not cause any problems except
installed in Microsoft Excel, then Excel for increased memory usage.
remains running after you use it with an
Excel Calculator block.
Blocks and Streams named TOP and Starting in version V7.0, these names
DATA do not work correctly in some are reserved and Aspen Plus will not
situations. For instance, if you double- allow you to assign them to streams and
click a stream named TOP on the blocks. In existing files which use these
flowsheet, the Data Browser opens to names, you should rename the
the Streams folder, but does not open blocks and/or streams with
the form for the stream named TOP. these names on the flowsheet.
For some users, the Excel Calculator If you save your Aspen Plus simulation,
toolbar fails to appear the second and close it, and reopen it, then the Excel
subsequent times you open an Excel Calculator will work correctly once each
Calculator block in Excel. This prevents Aspen Plus session. We are developing a
changing any of the connections of cells new version of the Excel Calculator add-
to Aspen Plus variables. in for the next release which will resolve
this issue.
Certain links within the help files link to To view this help from the Doc DVD, click
other products' help, or to viewlets. the links in the Doc DVD Browser to open
These links will not work unless the this help directly.
other product is installed, or in the case
of the viewlets, the product whose help
you are using is installed.

Aspen Plus V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If any version of Aspen Simulation You can end these processes from the
Workbook (ASW) is installed, when you Task Manager.
close Aspen Plus after using an Excel To prevent this from happening, you can
Calculator block, both Aspen Plus and disable the ASW add-in before running
Excel remain running in the background. Aspen Plus when you are going to use
Excel Calculators. Click Start |
Programs | Process Modeling V7.1 |
Aspen Simulation Workbook | Aspen
Simulation Workbook Add-In
Manager, clear the boxes by all versions
of Aspen Simulation Workbook, and then
click OK. You will need to enable it again
by checking the box for the desired
version when you want to use ASW.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

During the installation of Microsoft SQL If no additional errors appear and the
Server Express 2005 SP2 on non-English SQL Server installation completes
versions of Windows XP SP3, a message successfully, ignore the message. A
appears, saying that the installation localized version of msxml6r.dll is

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cannot update the file msxml6r.dll installed with Windows XP SP3, and SQL
because it is protected by Windows. Server fails when trying to overwrite it
with the English version, but the
localized version works.
This conflict exists within Microsoft SQL
Server (2005 and 2008) and Windows XP
SP3, and is described at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958897
If you have enabled Windows When offered the choice of different SQL
Sharepoint Services 3.0 or Windows Server instances to install on, do not
Server Update Services 3.0, and the select MICROSOFT##SSEE.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Embedded You can also disable this server during
Edition included in these products is the installation to avoid installing APED
running, it is possible to install Aspen on it. Click Start | Settings | Control
Properties Enterprise Database (APED) Panel, then double-click
on this server. This server is not suitable Administrative Tools, then double-click
for APED and connections may fail Services. Locate Windows Internal
without additional configuration. Database(MICROSOFT##SSEE) and
Stop the service.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The Reboiler Wizard in the RadFrac You should clear the Maintain link
block is not able to prevent you from checkbox before deleting one of these
deleting one of the linked blocks when blocks; otherwise you may experience
the Maintain link feature is used. unpredictable effects. When you delete a
block, any Calculator blocks referencing
it may be marked incomplete. You should
delete those blocks as well.
When loading an Aspen Plus document Save the run before syncing to EO to
(*.apw file) for a synced Equation- avoid this problem. Given the already-
Oriented simulation, you may end up synced run, switch to Sequential
with a non-square problem because of Modular, then reinitialize and save at this
errors restoring the state of the EO point. Then you can switch to EO and the
model when there are connections made sync will re-establish the correct set of
to user-defined Ports within a Hierarchy variables and equations.
block, or when there are Measurements.
In any simulation with user subroutines, Use Tools | Analysis | Property |
the Tools | Conceptual Design | Ternary to generate ternary and
Azeotrope Search and Ternary Maps azeotrope data, and use the Plot Wizard
features do not work. on the ternary results to generate the
ternary map.
In some cases, if you use the Insert To avoid this problem, do not use Insert
Block command in the context (right- Block within Hierarchy subflowsheets.
click) menu of a stream within a Instead, add the block from the Model
Hierarchy subflowsheet, Aspen Plus Library and use the Disconnect and
crashes. Reconnect commands on the context
menu and the stream from the Model
Library to connect it.
When using the Block Summary grid Specify the value in the old units and
to change specifications, if you change then change units to verify the value, if
the units for a variable and then change desired, or change the units and value in
the value of the variable, the value is the Data Browser. You can select the
changed to the new value on the block's block in the Block Summary grid and
forms, but in the original units, and thus

Process Modeling (Aspen Plus) 15


is the wrong value.
click to open the Data Browser to its
forms.
The options in the Tools | Options | This deficiency will be addressed in a
Flowsheet tab which enable the display future version.
of connections will not show connections
from Design Spec, Transfer, and
Calculator blocks to associated streams,
or from Measurement blocks that are
not placed inline in material streams to
associated streams.

The OLI Interface V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

The OLI Interface V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The OLI models FraChem and Eflash4 We plan to provide a patch to resolve
may run into numerical problems and these issues. The patch will be
will not solve. downloadable from the AspenTech
Support web site when it is available.

16 Process Modeling (Aspen Plus)


Aspen Properties V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

When loading a file from version 2006 This happens because version 2006 did
which contains temperature-dependent not contain the units for these
parameters from the NIST databank, parameters in the database. Versions
input is incomplete. 2006.5 and V7.0 include these units and
expect them to be specified. To fix this
problem, select Tools | Clean Property
Parameters. Select Clean property
parameters placed on input forms
and then click OK twice. Then on the
Components | Specifications |
Selection sheet, click Review to
retrieve the parameters from the
database again.

Aspen Properties V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

During the installation of Microsoft SQL If no additional errors appear and the
Server Express 2005 SP2 on non-English SQL Server installation completes
versions of Windows XP SP3, a message successfully, ignore the message. A
appears, saying that the installation localized version of msxml6r.dll is
cannot update the file msxml6r.dll installed with Windows XP SP3, and SQL
because it is protected by Windows. Server fails when trying to overwrite it
with the English version, but the
localized version works.
This conflict exists within Microsoft SQL
Server (2005 and 2008) and Windows XP
SP3, and is described at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958897

Process Modeling (Aspen Plus) 17


If you have enabled Windows When offered the choice of different SQL
Sharepoint Services 3.0 or Windows Server instances to install on, do not
Server Update Services 3.0, and the select MICROSOFT##SSEE.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Embedded You can also disable this server during
Edition included in these products is the installation to avoid installing APED
running, it is possible to install Aspen on it. Click Start | Settings | Control
Properties Enterprise Database (APED) Panel, then double-click
on this server. This server is not suitable Administrative Tools, then double-click
for APED and connections may fail Services. Locate Windows Internal
without additional configuration. Database(MICROSOFT##SSEE) and
Stop the service.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

18 Process Modeling (Aspen Plus)


Advanced Simulation Options
(Aspen Plus)

Aspen Custom Modeler V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Custom Modeler V7.0 Locate the file ARTProc.dll in the
and a previous version of Aspen Custom AMSystem\bin folder of the version that
Modeler installed and then uninstall one is still installed. Open a command
of these versions, the Aspen Reactions prompt window and use the regsvr32
Toolkit might stop working. command to re-register this file.
For example, if you uninstalled 2006.5
after installing V7.0, you need to re-
register ARTProc.dll using the following
command:
regsvr32 “C:\Program
Files\AspenTech\AMSystem
V7.0\bin\ARTProc.dll”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The Aspen Custom Modeler Tools menu Please check on the Aspen Custom
includes the item Custom Reactions Modeler section of the AspenTech
Model Wizard. This wizard does not work support web site for a fix to this issue.
correctly and should not be used. You can access this by starting Aspen
Custom Modeler, going to the Help menu
and selecting “Product support on the
web”.

Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus) 19


Aspen Custom Modeler V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Custom Modeler V7.1 Locate the file ARTProc.dll in the
and a previous version of Aspen Custom AMSystem\bin folder of the version that
Modeler installed, and then uninstall one is still installed. Open a command
of these versions, the Aspen Reactions prompt window, and use the regsvr32
Toolkit may stop working. command to re-register this file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program
Files\AspenTech\AMSystem
V7.1\bin\ARTProc.dll”
If you have Aspen Custom Modeler V7.1 Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Custom C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
Modeler installed, and then uninstall one the regsvr32 command to re-register this
of these versions, the Optimization, file.
Estimation or Online Links may stop For example:
working or cause the message: “An
regsvr32
unsupported operation was attempted”.
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
If you have Aspen Custom Modeler V7.1 Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Custom “C:\Program Files\Common
Modeler installed, and then uninstall one Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
of these versions, the Properties dialog the regsvr32 command to re-register this
for the Plot form may stop working. file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Model Export will not work if you are Export only to filenames and folder
outputting to a file name or folder that names consisting of ASCII characters.
contains multi-byte characters. This is
usually only a problem if you are using a
version of Windows configured for Asian
languages such as Chinese or Japanese.
On Vista systems, if you Configure Click on the Aspen Properties program in
Physical Properties and choose “Edit the Windows Taskbar to make Aspen
using Aspen Properties” the Aspen Properties GUI the top window.
Properties GUI may launch behind your
current ACM window.

20 Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus)


Aspen Model Runner V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Model Runner V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Model Runner V7.1 Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Model C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
Runner installed, and then uninstall one the regsvr32 command to re-register this
of these versions, the Optimization, file.
Estimation or Online Links may stop For example:
working or cause the message: “An
regsvr32
unsupported operation was attempted”.
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
If you have Aspen Model Runner V7.1 Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Model “C:\Program Files\Common
Runner installed, and then uninstall one Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
of these versions, the Properties dialog the regsvr32 command to re-register this
for the Plot form may stop working. file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus) 21


Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.0
(formerly Aspen Dynamics)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

In V7.0, the following Aspen Plus Please ignore these graphical objects.
objects can be displayed graphically:
design-specs, calculator blocks, and
transfer blocks. When you export to
dynamics, these objects are shown on
the graphical flowsheet but they are not
used by the dynamic simulation.
USERACM reactions in Aspen Plus are All other ACM exported models can be
not exported to Aspen Plus Dynamics. exported. The support for USERACM
reactions will be restored as soon as
possible.
This issue occurs if in Aspen Plus you In Aspen Plus, on the Setup form
have a MCompr model with the following Convergence tab, set Coolers valid
conditions: phases = Vapor-Liquid.
• Coolers valid phases = Vapor-Liquid-
Liquid
• One (or more) of the inter-stage
Knock Out product stream flow rates
=0
In this case if you export the simulation
to Aspen Plus Dynamics, the export will
fail with a fatal error.

If, in Aspen Plus, you have a feed In Aspen Plus, set the feed stream flow
stream with the following conditions: to a small value, for example 1e-5.
• A Mixed substream present
• Flow rate = 0
• Pressure and Vapor Fraction specified
And you export the simulation to Aspen
Plus Dynamics, the simulation will be
over specified by 1.

22 Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus)


If, in Aspen Plus, you have a RadFrac or Change vendor type to one of the
PetroFrac model with the following following:
conditions: • MTL
• Pack Rating is defined • GLITSCH
• Vendor type of Packing is either • RASCHIG
NORTON or GENERIC
And you export the simulation to Aspen
Plus Dynamics, the export will fail with a
fatal error.

The documentation for the Aspen Plus To find this help, look in the contents
Dynamics Example Simulations is in the under “Using DMCplus Controllers”
wrong location in the help contents. -> “Example of Using a DMCplus
Controller”

Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.1


(formerly Aspen Dynamics)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.1 Locate the file ARTProc.dll in the
and a previous version of Aspen Plus AMSystem\bin folder of the version that
Dynamics installed, and then uninstall is still installed. Open a command
one of these versions, the Aspen prompt window, and use the regsvr32
Reactions Toolkit may stop working. command to re-register this file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program
Files\AspenTech\AMSystem
V7.1\bin\ARTProc.dll”
If you have Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.1 Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Plus C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
Dynamics installed, and then uninstall the regsvr32 command to re-register this
one of these versions, the Optimization, file.
Estimation or Online Links may stop For example:
working or cause the message: “An
regsvr32
unsupported operation was attempted”.
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
If you have Aspen Plus Dynamics V7.1 Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Plus “C:\Program Files\Common
Dynamics installed, and then uninstall Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
one of these versions, the Properties the regsvr32 command to re-register this
dialog for the Plot form may stop file.
working. For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus) 23


Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Model Export will not work if you are Export only to filenames and folder
outputting to a file name or folder that names consisting of ASCII characters.
contains multi-byte characters. This is
usually only a problem if you are using a
version of Windows configured for Asian
languages such as Chinese or Japanese.
On Vista systems, if you Configure Click on the Aspen Properties program in
Physical Properties and choose “Edit the Windows Taskbar to make Aspen
using Aspen Properties” the Aspen Properties GUI the top window.
Properties GUI may launch behind your
current ACM window.

Aspen Adsorption V7.0


(formerly Aspen Adsim)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

24 Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus)


Aspen Adsorption V7.1
(formerly Aspen Adsim)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Adsorption V7.1 and Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
a previous version of Aspen Adsorption C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
installed, and then uninstall one of these the regsvr32 command to re-register this
versions, the Optimization, Estimation or file.
Online Links may stop working or cause For example:
the message: “An unsupported
regsvr32
operation was attempted”.
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
If you have Aspen Adsorption V7.1 and Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
a previous version of Aspen Adsorption “C:\Program Files\Common
installed, and then uninstall one of these Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
versions, the Properties dialog for the the regsvr32 command to re-register this
Plot form may stop working. file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

On Vista systems, if you Configure Click on the Aspen Properties program in


Physical Properties and choose “Edit the Windows Taskbar to make Aspen
using Aspen Properties” the Aspen Properties GUI the top window.
Properties GUI may launch behind your
current Aspen Adsorption window.

Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus) 25


Aspen Utilities Planner V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Utilities Planner V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

Uninstalling Aspen Utilities Planner V7.0 The cause is not known. A “repair”
causes Aspen Utilities Planner V7.1 to installation fixes the problem.
give a “STS_F_Failure” error after
optimization.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

26 Advanced Simulation Options (Aspen Plus)


Process Modeling (HYSYS)

Aspen HYSYS V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

Restore File Association fails to set If Restore File Association is run on


the latest version of HYSYS as the the latest HYSYS version and fails, try
default automation server when multiple the following workaround:
versions of HYSYS are installed in the • Using a command, go to the directory
same machine. Remember that when where the current active HYSYS
installing HYSYS, the latest version is automation server is installed, e.g.
NOT the active automation server by HYSYS 2006.5. Run the following
default. command: hysys.exe /unregserver.
• Using a command window, go to the
directory where the last version of
HYSYS is installed, e.g. HYSYS V7.0.
Run the following command:
hysys.exe /unregserver and then
hysys.exe /regserver.
When called from VB clients, older The reason for this problem is that VB
versions of HYSYS fail to run as loads the latest version of the HYSYS
automation servers in the presence of type library, regardless of the version
newer HYSYS versions installed in the that has been associated through the VB
same machine. references. Therefore, the VB automation
This problem can affect the integration client must call the latest installed
of HYSYS with Aspen Process Economic version of HYSYS.
Analyzer and Aspen Exchanger Design To solve this problem, you must make
and Rating. sure that the latest version of HYSYS is
the active Automation Server. To do so
you should run Restore File Association
from Program Files | Aspentech |
Process Modeling V7.0 | Aspen
HYSYS | Restore File Associations. If
this does not solve the problem, follow
the registration/unregistration procedure
described in the known issue above.
Contact Aspentech Customer Support for
more details.

Process Modeling (HYSYS) 27


Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

Not applicable Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Cost and Sizing: Whenever a change is To see the updated results, close down
made on the equipment grid in HYSYS the grid and re-open it to get the new
(e.g., change equipment size or add a cost. This issue will be fixed in the next
quoted cost) and then the component is release.
re-estimated, the Direct Cost does not
update with the new pricing.

Thermosiphon heat exchanger inside a Change Find flow to Fixed flow before
column: If the thermosiphon circulation clicking the Transfer UA to End Point
calculation method is Find flow and the button.
user clicks the Transfer UA to End
Point button, the reboiler feed flow
spec is locked and the user cannot
change the spec value or deactivate it.
HYSYS will ignore the chemistry Create the fluid package in HYSYS with
definitions in imported Aspen Properties Chemistry.
bkp files.

HYSYS with Aspen Properties: Not Applicable.


Electrolyte models involving light gases
could give incorrect answers because
Henry Constants are retrieved from
incorrect databases.
Importing an internal optioned template When a window pops up and asks if to
created with an Aspen Properties based reuse an existing fluid package, decline
fluid package will crash HYSYS if it tries to re-use it. This will be fixed in the next
to reuse an existing Fluid Package in the release.
importing case.
Worksheet of blocks with feed stream Use the EO Variable grid to see the
inlets will show only the SM values and correct values associated with the feed
can be inconsistent with the EO state. stream.
The same applies to the user specified
variables in SM forms.

Analyzer and HXFlux will fail to see Create a fake EO block (mixer) and
streams not connected to any EO blocks connect the stream to it.
including the ones connected only to
ACM blocks.

HYSYS allows editing the Fluid Package Manually switch to SM mode and then
for a case already synced to EO mode edit the Fluid Package.
without switching to SM mode.

28 Process Modeling (HYSYS)


Reaction set with conversion reactions Not Available.
can not be attached to a Fluid package
with Aspen Properties.
Heater in EO with both pressure drop Use pressure drop spec instead of
correlation parameter spec and pressure drop correlation parameter spec
temperature change spec will not be if possible. This will be fixed in the next
recalled correctly. release.

Aspen HYSYS V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

A consistency error can be observed Open the view of the unit operation that
when loading and simulating a HYSYS owns the variable mentioned in the
XML case. A possible reason is an over consistency error dialog. If the variable is
specification where a HYSYS variable shown in red simply delete it and allow
initialized with a default value at the the solver to calculate it.
same time the solver is trying to
calculate it.

Aspen HYSYS Dynamics V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

ACM models with no port definitions can Create an inlet and outlet port for the
be placed in Aspen HYSYS and solved in ACM model and equate all the outlet port
steady state, but they will fail in variables to the inlet port variables.
dynamic mode.

Quick approximation used to compute A correction is available but it needs

Process Modeling (HYSYS) 29


the tray residence time in dynamics further testing before it is released.
might lead to mistakes when important
imbalances exist between the vapor
from below a given tray and the vapor
to above.

Aspen HYSYS Dynamics V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues No known issues

Aspen HYSYS Upstream V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

Aspen Hydraulics 2006.5 might not be A .NET configuration file called


fully functional in the presence of Aspen hysys.exe.config should be installed in
Hydraulics V7.0. the Aspen HYSYS 2006.5 installation
folder. This can be obtained from
AspenTech Customer Support after the
V7.0 release.
Aspen Hydraulics V7.0 might not work In this case, Aspen Hydraulics V7.0
after uninstalling Aspen Hydraulics needs to be registered again. Contact
2006.5. AspenTech customer support for more
information. This coexistence problem
will be fixed in the coming release.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

DBR PVT PRO does not work under In order to run DBR PVT PRO in Vista,
Windows Vista. This component tries to you need to run HYSYS as an
write to a file in the Program Files folder administrator. From the Start menu |
which is not allowed in Vista. Program Files | Aspentech | Process
Modeling | Aspen HYSYS, select

30 Process Modeling (HYSYS)


HYSYS, right-click, and select Run as
an administrator. You can also browse
to HYSYS using Windows Explorer and
select Run as an administrator. Notice
that it is NOT enough to log in as an
administrator.

Aspen HYSYS Upstream V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

Previous versions of Aspen Hydraulics, The .NET configuration file


i.e. 2006.5 and V7.0 may not be fully hysys.exe.config should be installed in
functional in the presence of Aspen the installation folder of HYSYS 2006.5
Hydraulics V7.1 or HYSYS V7.0. There is a specific file for
each of the previous HYSYS versions.
The file can be obtained from Aspentech
Customer Support.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

DBR PVT PRO does not work under In order to run DBR PVT PRO in Vista you
Windows Vista. It was found that this need to run HYSYS as an administrator.
component tries to write to a file under From the Start menu | Program Files |
Program Files folder which is not allowed Aspentech | Process Modeling | Aspen
in Vista. HYSYS select HYSYS and right click and
select run as an administrator. You can
also browse to HYSYS using windows
explorer and select run as an
administrator. Notice that it is NOT
enough to log in as an administrator.

Process Modeling (HYSYS) 31


Aspen HYSYS Petroleum
Refining V7.0 (formerly Aspen
RefSYS)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No Known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Any hydrocracker or reformer template Open the case in v2006 and save it. The
or case with a hydrocracker or reformer saved case should open in V7.0.
created before v2006 will not open in
V7.0.

Any FCC or case with an FCC created Open the case in v2006 and save it. The
before v2006 will not recall properly in saved case should open fine in V7.0.
V7.0. The case may run, but the results
are not reliable.
If you run a calibration in the reformer You can unset the objective function by
or hydrocracker, all other EO unit ops running a simulation for the hydrocracker
will not solve until the objective function or reformer. Alternatively, from any
has been unset. command window for the EO
environment, you can type the command
“set objective = none”.

Temperature, Pressure, and Manually enter the same temperature,


Composition specified for an external pressure, and composition in the
hydrogen makeup stream do not get hydrocracker environment or connect the
passed to the hydrocracker variables with a HYSYS spreadsheet.
environment.
If you run a calibration in FCC and Make sure to save your calibration factor
return to the simulation environment set and push your calibration data to the
without pushing the calibration data, simulation before returning to the
some values are reset incorrectly. For simulation environment.
most FCCs, this affects only the sulfur
curve. For 2-stage regenerator units,
though, the regenerator performance
will be affected.

32 Process Modeling (HYSYS)


In the FCC calibration environment, the Specify the regenerator specs for
predictions will not run if the prediction runs that match your
regenerator specs don’t match the simulation regenerator specs.
regenerator specs from your simulation
environment.
Petroleum Shift Reactor (PSR) cannot Not available.
run PIMS submodels in Vista Operating
System.
In PSR, even though an assay is Before you delete an assay, make sure it
referenced by the PSR, the Assay is not referenced by a PSR.
Manager wizard allows deleting the
assay.
Using supplementary feeds in PSR You may ignore the rows that correspond
creates some display issues on the to the supplementary feeds on the
Product Spec Page. product spec table. It is solely a display
issue.
After the PSR is created, if the user Avoid changing product stream’s name.
changes the name of a product stream
(by entering a different name after
opening the stream’s properties page),
the change isn’t reflected in the PSR’s
internal structures.
Macro-cut information can not be First export Macro-cut information to a
exported to ASW. HYSYS spreadsheet and then export the
HYSYS spreadsheet value to ASW.
In many cases, liquid density can not be Not available.
shifted with manipulator.
Stream cutter with reformer transition Not available.
generates incorrect output composition.
PIMS assay can not be imported with Not available.
Aspen Properties fluid package.
Conversion reactors with reaction sets The problem will be fixed in V7.1.
using components from reformer or
hydrocracker component list cannot be
solved.
Reaction set having conversion reactions Not available.
can not be attached to a Fluid package
with Aspen Properties
If a HYSYS spreadsheet cell has an User needs to re-establish the link
attachment as a composition of a between stream composition and HYSYS
stream having a reformer or spreadsheet.
hydrocracker component list, the cell
shows empty values.
Transfer of calibration data to short cut Delete all the petroleum assay utilities
column does not work if petroleum connected with rigorous column internal
assay utility is already attached to stream before transferring calibration
Rigorous Column Internal Streams. data.
Manipulator can not take in yield values First enter distillation temperature and
in composition view. then it will create a space for yield. User
can then enter yield values.

Process Modeling (HYSYS) 33


Aspen HYSYS Petroleum
Refining V7.1 (formerly Aspen
RefSYS)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No Known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Petroleum Shift Reactor: Some of the On the property view page, the Product
screen shots of the User Manual are not Specs and Product Properties tabs are
up to date. merged.
A new button is added to export
smc/cme files from Petroleum Shift
Reactor.
HYSYS might close sometimes if in a Ensure that the CME file is of the correct
Petroleum Shift Reactor or EOSubmodel, format by opening it in the CME Visual
a CME file with an incorrect format is Executive before loading in HYSYS.
loaded.
Common Model Utility: On the Variables The HYSYS Description is an internal
page, the HYSYS Description is different description of the variable and is not to
from CME variable description. be confused with the CME variable
description.
EOSubmodel: A case saved as XML file Not available.
cannot be reloaded
In rare scenarios, a unit op or a stream Just save the case in V7.1 and reload the
in a recalled case might issue a message case.
that a particular correlation property is
missing.
Any hydrocracker or reformer template Open the case in v2006 and save it. The
or case with a hydrocracker or reformer saved case should open fine in v2006.5
created before v2006 will not open in or later.
V7.1.

Any FCC or case with an FCC created Open the case in v2006 and save it. The
before v2006 will not recall properly in saved case should open fine in v2006.5
V7.1. The case may run, but the results or later.
are not reliable.

If you run a calibration in the reformer You can unset the objective function by
or hydrocracker, all other EO unit ops running a simulation for the hydrocracker
will not solve until the objective function or reformer. Or from any command
has been unset. window for the EO environment, you can
type the command “set objective =

34 Process Modeling (HYSYS)


none”.
Temperature, Pressure and Composition Manually enter the same temperature,
specified for an external hydrogen pressure, and composition in the
makeup stream do not get passed to the hydrocracker environment, or connect
hydrocracker environment. the variables with a HYSYS spreadsheet.
If you run a calibration in FCC and Make sure to save your calibration factor
return to the simulation environment set and push your calibration data to
without pushing the calibration data, simulation before returning to the
some value get incorrectly reset. For simulation environment.
most FCCs, this affects only the sulfur
curve. For 2-stage regenerator units,
though, the regenerator performance
will be affected.
In the FCC calibration environment, the Specify the regenerator specs for
predictions will not run if the prediction runs that match your
regenerator specs don’t match the simulation regenerator specs.
regenerator specs from your simulation
environment.
If a HYSYS spreadsheet cell has an User needs to re-establish the link
attachment as a composition of a between stream composition and HYSYS
stream having a reformer or spreadsheet.
hydrocracker component list, the cell
shows empty values.

Process Modeling (HYSYS) 35


36 Process Modeling (HYSYS)
Exchanger Design and Rating

All Exchanger Design and


Rating Products V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Aspen Simulation Workbook Interface Not available


Copy/Paste functionality will not work
with Materials of Construction input
variables.
Aspen Simulation Workbook Interface Always reselect the desired item in the
Copy/Paste functionality for List type list prior attempting a Copy/Paste to
input variables will only work if an item Aspen Simulation Workbook.
in the list is selected with a click and Another option is to access the variables
then Copy/Paste function is exercised. from the Aspen Simulation Data browser.
Drag/Drop to Excel spreadsheet will not Not available
work for those List variables that are
enclosed in Frames.

Exchanger Design and Rating 37


All Exchanger Design and
Rating Products V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

Input/result files created with newer Input/Result files are not totally
program versions may lose input/result backward compatible. All files should be
data if they are opened and saved using forward compatible. If you attempt to
an older version of the program. open a new file with an older program
version, we recommend renaming the
file so that there are multiple versions
Switching back and forth between If users maintain multiple versions of the
different versions of the EDR programs EDR programs on their machines and
can cause program crashes unless the routinely switch between versions, it is
version being used is properly recommended that the version to be
registered. used be registered using the Version
Control utility provided in the Startup
menu. Upon installation, the installed
version is registered. There is no need to
use the version control utility unless you
attempt to run an earlier program
version.
Switching back and forth between If users wish to use a different version of
different versions of the EDR programs the EDR programs, we recommend that
and attempting to use Aspen Properties the same version of Aspen Properties be
for physical properties can sometimes used. This will require that you re-
cause problems with inconsistent register the correct version of Aspen
results. Properties using the registry fix utility
found in the Startup menu.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Aspen Simulation Workbook will only Fix will be available in cumulative patch.
allow a single EDR file to be accessed. If
more than 1 is added and then one is
deleted, the program will crash.

38 Exchanger Design and Rating


Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger
V7.0 (formerly Aspen ACOL+)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Tube OD, tube ID, and tube wall After setting a new tube OD, ID, or wall
thickness inputs will not be recognized thickness, always place the cursor on
by the program until the data has been another input field or move to another
specified and the cursor has been input form prior to running the program.
moved to another input field. For
example, if the user has 0.75 inch
specified for the tube OD and changes
this value to 1 inch but leaves the
cursor on the input field and
immediately runs the program, the
calculation engine will not recognize the
tube OD has been changed to 1 inch and
will continue to use 0.75 inch.

Aspen Air Cooled Exchanger


V7.1 (formerly Aspen ACOL+)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Exchanger Design and Rating 39


Aspen Fired Heater V7.0 and
V7.1 (formerly Aspen
FiredHeater)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger


V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
TASC+)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

40 Exchanger Design and Rating


Aspen Shell & Tube Mechanical
V7.0 and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
TEAMS)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Plate Exchanger V7.0


and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
Plate+)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen HTFS Research Network


V7.0 and V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Exchanger Design and Rating 41


Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen MUSE V7.0 and V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Plate Fin Exchanger V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

42 Exchanger Design and Rating


Plate Fin Exchanger V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Importing MUSE files (.MUI) is mostly You should always check an imported
straightforward, but sometimes manual geometry, by looking at the diagrams of
editing of the imported case geometry is the exchanger and all its layer types and
necessary. supplying missing data. Make sure the
MUI file has layer types defined before
import.
Some input items are not accessible in This has been done deliberately for
V7.1 PlateFin. features from MUSE not reproduced in
PlateFin for the first release. Examples
are longitudinal conduction, and X-flow
parameters. These will be made
available at the earliest opportunity.
The facility to export to Excel transfers You can modify the Excel template to link
only a limited number of parameters, to other output parameters that you
and export to Word is not yet available. select. To export to Word, use Export to
Excel, then copy into Word.

Exchanger Design and Rating 43


44 Exchanger Design and Rating
Economic Evaluation

Aspen Capital Cost Estimator


V7.0 (formerly Aspen KBase)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.0\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
might not run. A symptom of the user to resolve the issue.
resiliency not running is not having the
ability to open an Economic Evaluation
project.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The maximum Number of COAs is Projects should have less than 1000
limited to 999 in a project. COAs. This issue will be addressed in
V7.0 CP1.
Opening or attaching a Volumetric Model The values are saved to the file when
Library item with specifications for Pipe initially specified but are being lost when
Item Detail line sizing fields does not re-opened or attached. No workaround
show the values in the GUI. exists.

Economic Evaluation 45
Importing a vertical flat bottom storage Manually make the appropriate
tank from one project to another where conversion and specify the corresponding
the base units of measure differ units in the specification form.
between the two projects produces an
error when evaluating an item in the
destination project when the original
value is greater than the maximum
allowed value in the target project.
Clicking the red arrow button in COA Workaround is to manually type in the
fields while editing an external index desired value.
file’s location indexing does not bring up
a selection dialog for picking a COA
number.
Values greater than 1000 or negative Validation is currently not present at the
values can be specified in the main main category level of these specification
category fields in an external index file forms. When entering values here, do
for material or man hour specifications. not enter invalid data since that would
cause errors to be reported during cost
evaluation when the external index file is
in use.
Using lower case characters in a Workaround is to not use lower case
customized input unit of measure can letters in customized input units of
cause minimum, max, and default measure. The issue seems to mainly
values to not appear in the properties affect fields that have values that need
window or as blue text. to be calculated based on other project
settings, for example RPM.

Aspen Capital Cost Estimator


V7.1 (formerly Aspen KBase)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.1\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account may HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
not run. A symptom of resiliency not user to resolve the issue.
running is not having the ability to open
an Economic Evaluation project.
When some data files installed by the Modifying the folder/file permissions so
Economic Evaluation installation are that the non-Administrator user has full
edited by an Administrative user, and access to these data files, will resolve the
then a different non-Administrator user issue.
uses the same installation, errors during
the first-run configuration or when using

46 Economic Evaluation
the edited data files can occur.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Opening or attaching a Volumetric Model The values are saved to the file when
Library item with specifications for Pipe initially specified but are being lost when
Item Detail line sizing fields does not re-opened or attached. No workaround
show the values in the GUI. exists.
Importing a vertical flat bottom storage Manually make the appropriate
tank from one project to another where conversion and specify the corresponding
the base units of measure differ units in the specification form.…
between the two projects produces an
error when evaluating item in
destination project when the original
value is greater than the maximum
allowed value in the target project.
Values greater than 1000 or negative Validation is currently not present at the
are allowed to be specified in the main main category level of these specification
category fields in an external index file forms. Users should take care when
for material or man hour specifications. entering values here to not enter invalid
data since that would cause errors to be
reported during cost evaluation when the
external index file is in use.
Using lower case characters in a Workaround is to not use lower case
customized input unit of measure can letters in customized input units of
cause minimum, max, and default measure. The issue seems to mainly
values to not appear in the properties affect fields that have values that need
window or as blue text. calculated based on other project
settings, for example RPM.
On Vista, users cannot edit the datafile Escalating to full administrator
for User Customized Form Attributes permissions allows you to modify this
(UserAttributesCust.xls). file.
Pressing the Help button on No workaround, help topics do not exist
Spreadsheet Equipment forms generates at this time, refer to the User Guide
an error that it cannot find the help file. documentation for help.
When using the Aspen Shell and Tube Use English standard numeric formatting
Mech program for heat exchanger when using this link.
design with the OS German standard
numeric formatting in use, the link will
fail.
The Filter drop-down on the main There is no work around, however the
application GUI toolbar does not show filter can still work properly in all other
the whole filter text. respects.
In some instances, when an equipment There is no refresh option available in
symbol is placed in an area which it the Basic Engineering drawing editor. In
does not belong, the equipment symbol order to refresh the drawing and remove
disappears but a gray shadow remains the shadows, the drawing must be closed
in its place. and re-opened.
In Vista/Windows Server 2008, Transfer items in batches. We have not
transferring large sets (Usually more had any instances of this when the client
than 30 items) of equipment from Aspen software is run on XP.
Capital Cost Estimator to Aspen Basic
Engineering will fail.

Economic Evaluation 47
Area sizes do not display correctly if the The first task (this is required) when
drawing scale is not adjusted but simply creating any Plot plan drawing is to place
placed or not placed at all. the drawing scale. The user must
currently modify the scale, even if it’s to
the default value to have the scale
properly initialize the drawing.
The Label (text) showing the Area size The user can exit the Symbol to resolve
on a plot plan drawing reports the X the issue.
dimension as the Width and Y dimension
as the Length.
Clicking on a field in the spreadsheet No workaround needed.
view that contains a default value may
cause the number of significant digits to
change.
Duplicate Area names can be created if No workaround exists for this item.
renamed within the Area Spreadsheet Doing this will cause issues with
View. evaluation and reporting due to areas
having the same name. Users should
take care as to not use duplicate area
names, especially within the same report
group.
Pasting a selection into a spreadsheet No workaround exists. This behavior
view will populate fields that are read- gives the user the false impression that
only if accessed individually. the fields will affect costing results. The
original data will be preserved when the
spreadsheet view is saved via an Apply
or OK button click.
Can not select multiple rows/columns in No workaround exists.
spreadsheet view while holding the
CTRL key.
Cutting components in a spreadsheet No workaround exists. Either delete the
view does not work. Components re- extraneous components after the paste
appear in spreadsheet when pasted. or use copy and delete rather than cut.

Plot Plan Processor feature


V7.0
General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Transfer of plot plan results back to No workaround exists; issue will be


Aspen Capital Cost Estimator (aka addressed in Cumulative Patch 1 of
Kbase) might be slow. Aspen Basic Engineering (formerly
Zyqad) 7.0.

48 Economic Evaluation
Cost Known, UCL, EML equipment items, No workaround exists. However, for
and Piperacks cannot be transferred to piperacks, a piperack symbol from the
plot plan processor. left pane can be placed on the plot plan
drawing. The piperack will exist on the
drawing only for representative purposes
and no piperack data will be transferred
back to the Capital Cost Estimator (CCE)
project. Future releases will transfer
piperack layout information back to the
CCE project. Cost Known, UCL, and EML
items will be included in future releases
of the 2 (BE and CCE) products.
Equipment items listed in the drawing No workaround exists. This to be
editor stockpile are not filtered by area. addressed in Basic Engineering V7.0 CP1.
All areas and equipment items are In order to expedite equipment
located in the plotplan tab. placement, a user can close the cost
mapper and return to CCE (or look at the
Basic Engineering explorer) to relate
equipment to its parent area. In addition,
equipment ID tags specific to area
designations can be used to expedite
item/area associations.
In some instances, when an equipment There is no refresh option available in
symbol is placed in an area where it the Basic Engineering Drawing Editor. In
does not belong, the equipment symbol order to refresh the drawing and remove
disappears but a gray shadow remains the shadows, the drawing must be closed
in its place. and re-opened.
User can change the interconnected No workaround. It functions as designed.
piping length (calculated from plot plan)
but cannot change near-equipment
length.
There is no ability to place equipment at No workaround; the vertical location of
different structure levels graphically; no equipment is indicated in Capital Cost
elevation view of open steel structures Estimator (equipment forms) or Basic
and pipe racks is available. Engineering (explorer) only.
All equipment in a project is placed in a No workaround.
single sheet. There is no ability to
generate area drawings or to copy
drawings or parts of a drawing to
another sheet.
Additional missing components that No workaround. To be addressed in
have not been added to plot plan future releases.
functionality include substations, plant
bulk piping, headers, and firewater
systems.
Exclusion zones around equipment, Exclusion zone dimensions and
equipment plan size, and symbols for equipment footprint dimensions can be
equipment and symbols for areas may changed in Capital Cost Estimator
not be changed in the plot plan. (equipment forms) or Basic Engineering
(explorer) only.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Economic Evaluation 49
General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Plot Plan Processor feature


V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Spreadsheet Data Entry feature


V7.0
General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Clicking a field in the spreadsheet view No workaround needed.


that contains a default value can cause
the number of significant digits to
change.
Duplicate Area names can be created if No workaround exists for this item.
they are renamed within the Area Duplicate Area names will cause issues
Spreadsheet View. with evaluation and reporting. Users
should not use duplicate area names,
especially within the same report group.
Pasting a selection into a spreadsheet No workaround exists. This behavior
view will populate fields that are read- gives the user the false impression that
only if accessed individually. the fields will affect costing results. The
original data will be preserved when the
spreadsheet view is saved by clicking the
Apply or OK buttons.
Cannot select multiple rows/columns in No workaround exists.
spreadsheet view while holding the
CTRL key.
Cutting components in a spreadsheet No workaround exists. Either delete the
view does not work. Components re- extraneous components after the paste
appear in spreadsheet when pasted. or use copy and delete rather than cut.

50 Economic Evaluation
Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Spreadsheet Data Entry feature


V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator


V7.0 (formerly Aspen Icarus
Project Manager)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.0\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
might not run. A symptom of resiliency user to resolve the issue.
not running is not having the ability to
open an Economic Evaluation project.

Economic Evaluation 51
General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The maximum Number of COAs is Projects should have less than 1000
limited to 999 in a project. COAs. This issue will be addressed in
V7.0 CP1.
Importing a vertical flat bottom storage Manually make the appropriate
tank from one project to another where conversion and specify the corresponding
the base units of measure differ units in the specification form.
between the two projects produces an
error when evaluating an item in the
destination project when the original
value is greater than the maximum
allowed value in the target project.
Values greater than 1000 or negative Validation is currently not present at the
can be specified in the main category main category level of these specification
fields in an external index file for forms. When entering values here, do
material or man hour specifications. not enter invalid data since that causes
errors to be reported during cost
evaluation when the external index file is
in use.
Using lower case characters in a Workaround is to not use lower case
customized input unit of measure can letters in customized input units of
cause minimum, max, and default measure. The issue seems to mainly
values to not appear in the properties affect fields that have values that need
window or as blue text. to be calculated based on other project
settings, for example, RPM.

Aspen In-Plant Cost Estimator


V7.1 (formerly Aspen Icarus
Project Manager)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.1\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account may HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
not run. A symptom of resiliency not user to resolve the issue.
running is not having the ability to open
an Economic Evaluation project.
When some data files installed by the Modifying the folder/file permissions so
Economic Evaluation installation are that the non-Administrator user has full
edited by an Administrative user, and access to these data files, will resolve the

52 Economic Evaluation
then a different non-Administrator user issue.
uses the same installation, errors during
the first-run configuration or when using
the edited data files can occur.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Importing a vertical flat bottom storage Manually make the appropriate


tank from one project to another where conversion and specify the corresponding
the base units of measure differ units in the specification form.
between the two projects produces an
error when evaluating item in
destination project when the original
value is greater than the maximum
allowed value in the target project.

Aspen Process Economic


Analyzer V7.0 (formerly Aspen
Icarus Process Evaluation)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

When called from VB clients, older The reason for this problem is that VB
versions of HYSYS fail to run as loads the latest version of the HYSYS
automation servers in the presence of type library regardless of the version
newer HYSYS versions installed on the that has been associated through the VB
same machine. references. Therefore, the VB automation
This problem can affect the integration client must call the latest installed
of HYSYS with Aspen Process Economic version of HYSYS.
Analyzer and Aspen Exchanger Design To solve this problem, you must make
and Rating. sure that the latest version of HYSYS is
the active Automation Server. To do so
you should run Restore File Association
from Program Files | AspenTech |
Process Modeling V7.0 | Aspen
HYSYS | Restore File Associations. If
this does not solve the problem follow
the registration/unregistration procedure
described in the following known issue.
Contact AspenTech Customer Support for
more details.

Economic Evaluation 53
Restore File Association fails to set the If Restore File Association run on the
latest version of HYSYS as the default latest HYSYS version fails try the
automation server when multiple following workaround (note: the user
versions of HYSYS are installed in the must have Administrator privileges in
same machine. Recall that when order to run this):
installing HYSYS the latest version is • Using a command, go to the directory
NOT the active automation server by where the current active HYSYS
default. automation server is installed, e.g.
HYSYS 2006.5. Run the following
command: hysys.exe /unregserver
• Using a command window, go to the
directory where the last version of
HYSYS is installed, e.g. HYSYS V7.0.
Run the following command:
hysys.exe /unregserver and then
hysys.exe /regserver.
In V7.0, an error will occur when trying Use the 2006.5 versions of IPE and
to run the Aspen Process Economic MUSE. This will be resolved in the CP1 of
Analyzer link with MUSE. Aspen Process Economic Analyzer.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

In Restricted User Accounts (i.e. non It is highly recommended the EconE


Administrator Accounts that did not products are run at least once from the
install the software), when Economic Start Menu before they are accessed
Evaluation (EconE) products are through the PE Console. This allows the
executed for the first time after EconE products to configure
installation via the Process Engineering properly. This does not apply to users
Console (PE Console) rather than the who did the installation.
start menu, the EconE software will not
configure properly. This can result in
requests for source media or crashes
the first time an evaluation is done for
each project.
When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.0\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
might not run. A symptom of resiliency user to resolve the issue.
not running is not having the ability to
open an Economic Evaluation project.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Loading an Aspen Plus simulation into Use the Aspen Plus .xml file (as opposed
Process Economic Analyzer (aka IPE) to the .rep file) when manually loading
using the .rep file will not work in the the data into Process Economic Analyzer.
V7.0 release. Loading from the .xml file is the
preferred method as it is up to date with
the latest Aspen Plus features and
enhancements. The .rep does not contain
the latest information.
Importing a vertical flat bottom storage Manually make the appropriate
tank from one project to another where conversion and specify the corresponding

54 Economic Evaluation
the base units of measure differ units in the specification form.
between the two projects produces an
error when evaluating an item in the
destination project when the original
value is greater than the maximum
allowed value in the target project.
Values greater than 1000 or negative Validation is currently not present at the
can be specified in the main category main category level of these specification
fields in an external index file for forms. Users should take care when
material or man hour specifications. entering values here to not enter invalid
data since that would cause errors to be
reported during cost evaluation when the
external index file is in use.
Using lower case characters in a Workaround is to not use lower case
customized input unit of measure can letters in customized input units of
cause minimum, max, and default measure. The issue seems to mainly
values to not appear in the properties affect fields that have values that need
window or as blue text. to be calculated based on other project
settings, for example RPM.

Aspen Process Economic


Analyzer V7.1 (formerly Aspen
Icarus Process Evaluation)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

When running any Economic Evaluation There is a tool located in the X:\Program
product for the first time as a restricted Files\AspenTech\Economic Evaluation
user on Terminal Server, the Economic V7.1\Program\Sys folder that will
Evaluation Resiliency used to configure simulate resiliency. Run
folders for the specific user account may HKCURegistry.exe once per restricted
not run. A symptom of resiliency not user to resolve the issue.
running is not having the ability to open
an Economic Evaluation project.
When some data files installed by the Modifying the folder/file permissions so
Economic Evaluation installation are that the non-Administrator user has full
edited by an Administrative user, and access to these data files, will resolve the
then a different non-Administrator user issue.
uses the same installation, errors during
the first-run configuration or when using
the edited data files can occur.

Economic Evaluation 55
General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

When called from VB clients older The reason for this problem is that VB
versions of HYSYS fail to run as loads the latest version of the HYSYS
automation servers in the presence of type library irrespective of the version
newer HYSYS versions installed on the that has been associated through the VB
same machine. references. Therefore the VB automation
This problem can affect the integration client must call the latest installed
of HYSYS with Aspen Process Economic version of HYSYS.
Analyzer and Aspen Exchanger Design
and Rating. To solve this problem you must make
sure that the latest version of HYSYS is
the active Automation Server. To do so
you should run Restore File Association
from Program Files | Aspentech | Process
Modeling V7.1 | Aspen HYSYS | Restore
File Associations. If this does not solve
the problem follow the
registration/unregistration procedure
described in the known issue below.

Contact Aspentech Customer Support for


more details.
Restore File Association fails to set the If Restore File Association run on the
latest version of HYSYS as the default latest HYSYS version fails try the
automation server when multiple following workaround (note: the user
versions of HYSYS are installed in the must have Administrator privileges in
same machine. Recall that when order to run this):
installing HYSYS the latest version is Using a command go to the directory
NOT the active automation server by where the current active HYSYS
default. automation server is installed, e.g.
HYSYS 2006.5. Run the following
command: hysys.exe /unregserver
Using a command window go to the
directory where the last version of
HYSYS is installed, e.g. HYSYS V7.0. Run
the following command: hysys.exe
/unregserver and then hysys.exe
/regserver.
Loading an Aspen Plus simulation into This is not a defect. Use the Aspen Plus
Process Economic Analyzer (aka IPE) .xml file (as opposed to the .rep file)
using the .rep file will not work in when manually loading the data into
version V7.0 and later releases. Process Economic Analyzer. Loading
from the .xml file is the preferred
method as it is up to date with the latest
Aspen Plus features and enhancements.
The .rep does not contain the latest
information.
The tray type specified on the No work-around.
equipment form is not used, and a
warning is generated that “Tray type
could not be determined” when a tower
is sized.

56 Economic Evaluation
Negative values for stream data (IE Do not use the Map Streams to Lines
Flows or properties) cause errors when features on these cases.
using the Map Stream to Lines features.
This is most often seen with PROII.
Pressing the Help button on No workaround, help topics do not exist
Spreadsheet Equipment forms generates at this time, refer to the User Guide
an error that it cannot find the help file. documentation for help.
When using the Aspen Shell and Tube Use English standard numeric formatting
Mech program for heat exchanger when using this link.
design with the OS German standard
numeric formatting in use, the link will
fail.
The Filter drop-down on the main There is no work-around, however the
application GUI toolbar does not show filter can still work properly in all other
the whole filter text. respects.
Clicking on a field in the spreadsheet No workaround needed.
view that contains a default value may
cause the number of significant digits to
change.
Duplicate Area names can be created if No workaround exists for this item.
renamed within the Area Spreadsheet Doing this will cause issues with
View evaluation and reporting due to areas
having the same name. Users should
take care as to not use duplicate area
names, especially within the same report
group.
Pasting a selection into a spreadsheet No workaround exists. This behavior
view will populate fields that are read- gives the user the false impression that
only if accessed individually. the fields will affect costing results. The
original data will be preserved when the
spreadsheet view is saved via an Apply
or OK button click.
Can not select multiple rows/columns in No workaround exists.
spreadsheet view while holding the
CTRL key.
Cutting components in a spreadsheet No workaround exists. Either delete the
view does not work. Components re- extraneous components after the paste
appear in spreadsheet when pasted. or use copy and delete rather than cut.
No change of status is indicated when The equipment grid can be used to
evaluating single equipment items. review specific evaluation errors. If no
Example of this is when an equipment error is reported the evaluation is ok.
item is evaluated that has an error in
the evaluation. The status bar will
indicate the evaluation failed which is
expected. However, if other equipment
items are evaluated with no errors, the
status bar will still indicate the failed
state.
The project cache still exists after This is not a problem unless there are
closing the simulation. disk space limitations on the PC. The
workaround is to delete the folder after
closing the simulation.

Economic Evaluation 57
The Economic Evaluation project is not Capture the Economic Evaluation project
stored with the Aspen Plus project in when the Aspen Plus project is open and
some instances. store it with your Aspen Plus project
manually.
HYSYS sample projects fail when using Copy the samples to My Documents.
the Economic Evaluation features on
Vista.
Running the Integrated Sizing and Mainly change the option back to use the
Costing inside of a simulator causes the internal spreadsheet reports if desired.
option for using the Excel spreadsheet
process economics to be set for the
standard Process Economic Analyzer
GUI.

Integrated Sizing and Costing


feature V7.0 (available in
Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No change of status is indicated when The equipment grid can be used to


evaluating single equipment items. For review specific evaluation errors. If no
example, when an equipment item is error is reported, the evaluation is ok.
evaluated that has an error in the
evaluation, the status bar indicates the
evaluation failed, which is expected.
However, if other equipment items are
evaluated with no errors, the status bar
will still indicate the failed state.
The project cache still exists after This is not a problem unless there are
closing the simulation. disk space limitations on the PC. The
workaround is to delete the folder after
closing the simulation.

58 Economic Evaluation
Integrated Sizing and Costing
feature V7.1 (available in
Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Economic Evaluation 59
60 Economic Evaluation
Energy and Flare Analysis

Aspen Energy Analyzer V7.0


(formerly Aspen HX-Net)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

In the new feature that allows the Improvements to this feature will be
transfer of a Heat Exchanger Network addressed in successive Aspen Energy
from an Excel table fix format to Aspen Analyzer releases.
HX-Net, networks that contain complex
process stream splitters are not
correctly transferred.

Aspen Energy Analyzer V7.1


(formerly Aspen HX-Net)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

Energy and Flare Analysis 61


No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Data Extraction from Aspen Plus stops in Go to Task Manager and click on the
Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. "Connect to Engine" application. When
The process hangs waiting for Connect the new Connect to Engine DB window
to Engine DB to appear. appears, tick off the “Save as Default
Connection” and then click OK to
continue.

Aspen Flare System Analyzer


V7.0 (formerly Aspen
FLARENET)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Automation Interface: Import/Export of The user has to allow an appropriate


a Flare System Analyzer case might not amount of “sleep” before opening the
work if called from a VBA application Flare System Analyzer case in the
through an automation call. automation code. This allows for Flare
System Analyzer to initialize properly. An
example VBA code to do this will be
posted on the customer support website.

Aspen Flare System Analyzer


V7.1 (formerly Aspen
FLARENET)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

62 Energy and Flare Analysis


Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

When user tries to export/import a file The workaround for this problem is to
through automation Flare system wait for a few seconds before calling the
analyzer may throw an “Invalid “Openmodel’ of the Application. This can
OLEVERB structure” error when be accomplished by calling the “Sleep”
“OpenModel” method of the Application Function of the Windows API which stops
interface is called. This is because the the execution of the VBA code for a
VBA code may call the “OpenModel” specified time. A VBA example code will
method of the Application interface be posted in Customer support website
before Flare System Analyzer is after the V7.1 release.
completely initialized.

Aspen HYSYS Thermodynamics


COM Interface V7.0 and V7.1
(formerly Aspen COMThermo)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Energy and Flare Analysis 63


64 Energy and Flare Analysis
Aspen Simulation Workbook

Aspen Simulation Workbook


V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Unexpected simulation failures due to This behavior can be observed when an


exhaustion of Windows desktop heap. Aspen Simulation Workbook is configured
See Microsoft Knowledge Base articles to use the Aspen Remote Simulation
126962 and 184802. Service.
The Aspen Remote Simulation Service
allocates a single desktop heap which is
shared among all the cases it opens.
To ensure the largest number of
simulations can be run before
encountering the desktop heap
limitation, use the Services control panel
applet to set the Aspen Remote
Simulation Service properties to:
• Logon as: Local System account
selected
• Allow service to interact with
desktop checked
This configuration ensures that the
service uses a 3072KB heap instead of
the default 512KB heap.
The number of cases that the Remote

Aspen Simulation Workbook 65


Simulation Service can open before
encountering desktop heap exhaustion is
highly dependent on the simulator
technology used and the complexity of
the simulation case. The heap
consumption can only be determined by
experiment (download the Desktop Heap
Monitor Version 8.1 tool from Microsoft
to help you inspect the desktop heap
usage).
A conservative guideline would be to
restrict use of a single Remote
Simulation Service to 3 or 4 HYSYS and
Aspen Plus cases, or just one Aspen
Custom Modeler case.

Note: You can increase the number


of Aspen Simulation Workbook
applications loaded by installing
Aspen Remote Simulation Service on
many server computers and
configuring each Aspen Simulation
Workbook’s remote solver host to
evenly distribute the load across
those servers.

Aspen Simulation Workbook


V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have both V7.0 and V7.1 To fix the problem, you need to re-
installed, and then uninstall either of
register the file on your PC. You can
them, then a shared component
(cxsinteropcomv22.dll) can
do this by:
inadvertently become unregistered on • On your PC go to ‘Start Button’ -> ‘All
your system. This will cause a “Failed to Programs’ -> ‘Accessories’ ->
connect to simulation” error to occur ‘Command Prompt’. This will open a
when you try to connect to simulations. command prompt window.
• In the command prompt window, type
regsvr32 “[pathToFile]” where you
replace “[pathToFile]” with the path to
the “CxsInteropComV22.dll” file on
your computer. The default location is
“C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech

66 Aspen Simulation Workbook


Shared\CxsInteropComV22.dll”. Note
– You need to include the quotation
marks around the [pathToFile] if there
are any spaces in the path. After that,
click the ‘Enter’ key.
• After a few seconds you should see a
dialog confirming that the file was
registered successfully. You can then
close the command window, and ASW
should work fine after that.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen OOMF V7.0 and V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Simulation Workbook 67


68 Aspen Simulation Workbook
Process Development

Aspen Batch Process Developer


V7.0 (formerly Aspen Batch
Plus)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If Batch Plus 2006.5 is uninstalled, it will Run a “repair” of the Aspen Batch
unregister a file used by Aspen Batch Process Developer installation.
Process Developer V7.0, causing an
error when a new Unit procedure is
added.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

When a React operation uses an Aspen Close the Aspen Plus Dynamics window
Plus Dynamics Kinetic reactor model, after the Aspen Batch Process Developer
the Aspen Plus Dynamics window is simulation is complete.
displayed during the Aspen Batch
Process Developer simulation.

Process Development 69
Aspen Batch Process Developer
V7.1 (formerly Aspen Batch
Plus)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

Aspen Properties will not open after Run the “Aspen Properties Registry Fix
uninstalling Aspen Batch Process Utility”.
Developer.
By default, the example projects are Change your folder view options to make
installed to C:\Documents and system files visible.
Settings\All Users. Depending on your
Windows operating system and security
You can also search for the example
settings these files might not be visible.
projects in Windows Explorer and then
open the containing folder.

If desired, copy these files to a different


folder.

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

The BatchFrac model does not have The BatchFrac model data loading and
complete data validation in the saving works properly in V7.1 but care
Operations UI. must be taken in entering data.
The BatchFrac model will be removed
altogether in V8.0.
Aspen Properties might need to be If you have a failure launching Aspen
initialized before it is used the first time Properties or accessing the Aspen
from Aspen Batch Process Developer. Properties Enterprise Database (APED),
you should start the Aspen Properties
User Interface. This will perform any
necessary initialization and show any
errors.

70 Process Development
Solubility Modeling V7.0 and
V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Process Development 71
72 Process Development
Advanced Modeling Options
(Process Development)

Aspen Batch Distillation V7.0


(formerly Aspen BatchSep)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

This issue affects simulations that use Open the simulation in Aspen Plus
the BatchSep unit operation model and 2006.5 and make a note of the values for
that were created in Aspen Plus 2006.5 the affected parameters that are
CP2 or earlier. When these simulations specified in each operating step.
are opened in Aspen Plus V7.0, values Load the simulation in to Aspen Plus
specified in operating steps for the V7.0. Review the specifications for the
following parameters will revert to their operating steps and re-enter values for
default: parameters that are incorrect. Save the
• Reflux Ratio simulation.
• Condenser vapor
• Controller set point
• Controller output

Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development) 73


Aspen Batch Distillation V7.1
(formerly Aspen BatchSep)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Batch Distillation V7.1 Locate the file ARTProc.dll in the
and a previous version of Aspen Batch AMSystem\bin folder of the version that
Distillation installed, and then uninstall is still installed. Open a command
one of these versions, the forms for prompt window, and use the regsvr32
configuring reactions stop working. command to re-register this file.
For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program
Files\AspenTech\AMSystem
V7.1\bin\ARTProc.dll”
If you have Aspen Batch Distillation V7.1 Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Batch C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
Distillation installed, and then uninstall the regsvr32 command to re-register this
one of these versions, the Optimization file.
item under the Tools menu item may For example:
stop working or cause the message: “An
regsvr32
unsupported operation was attempted”.
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
If you have Aspen Batch Distillation V7.1 Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen Batch “C:\Program Files\Common
Distillation installed, and then uninstall Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
one of these versions, you may not be the regsvr32 command to re-register this
able to modify the properties of a file.
displayed plot. For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

74 Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development)


Aspen Reaction Modeler V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

This issue affects cases where the Add the folder Program
Property calculation option is set to Files\AspenTech\APrSystem
Simple, and one or more experiments V7.0\Engine\Xeq to your system path. To
have valid-phases set to Vapor-Liquid. do this, go to Control Panel and select
For these cases the fit will fail. If you System. Select the Advanced tab. Click
display the simulation messages you will Environment Variables. Select PATH
see the message: under either User variables or System
• Failed to find dynamic link library variables. To the end of the value for
AMPropMod (or a DLL used by it) PATH, add the full path to this folder.
This issue affects the example For example:
TetraChloride_NotEquil_Simple that is • C:\Program
delivered with Aspen Reaction Modeler. Files\AspenTech\APrSystem
V7.0\Engine\Xeq

Aspen Reaction Modeler V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Reaction Modeler Reinstall Aspen Reaction Modeler using
V7.1 and a previous version of Aspen the “Repair” option.
Reaction Modeler installed, and then
uninstall one of these versions, Aspen
Reaction Modeler will not work.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment


No known issues Not applicable

Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development) 75


Aspen Chromatography V7.0
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment


No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Chromatography V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have Aspen Chromatography V7.1 Locate the file: “VSFlex7L.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen C:\Windows\System32 folder and use
Chromatography installed, and then the regsvr32 command to re-register this
uninstall one of these versions, the file.
Optimization, Estimation or Online Links For example:
may stop working or cause the
regsvr32
message: “An unsupported operation
“C:\Windows\System32\VSFlex7L.ocx”
was attempted”.
If you have Aspen Chromatography V7.1 Locate the file “pfsplotv230.ocx” in the
and a previous version of Aspen “C:\Program Files\Common
Chromatography installed, and then Files\AspenTech Shared” folder and use
uninstall one of these versions, the the regsvr32 command to re-register this
Properties dialog for the Plot form may file.
stop working. For example:
regsvr32 “C:\Program Files\Common
Files\AspenTech Shared\
pfsplotv230.ocx”

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

On Vista systems, if you Configure Click on the Aspen Properties program in


Physical Properties and choose “Edit the Windows Taskbar to make Aspen
using Aspen Properties” the Aspen Properties GUI the top window.
Properties GUI may launch behind your
current Aspen Chromatography window.

76 Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development)


Aspen Process Tools V7.0 and
V7.1
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development) 77


78 Advanced Modeling Options (Process Development)
Aspen Process Manual V7.0
and V7.1

Aspen Process Manual V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No Known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Process Manual V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have previously installed an On the Administration page, change the


earlier version of Aspen Process Manual, Search path for document files
then the search path for document files setting (the default would be C:\Program
may point to the previous document Files\AspenTech\Aspen Process Manual
files installation (for example, V7.1 \Manual). Click on Update
C:\Program Files\AspenTech\Aspen document server settings, and Re-
Process Manual V7.0 \Manual) index documents to index the files at
the correct location.

Aspen Process Manual V7.0 and V7.1 79


Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

80 Aspen Process Manual V7.0 and V7.1


Basic Engineering V7.0 and
V7.1

Aspen Basic Engineering V7.0


(formerly Aspen Zyqad)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Aspen Basic Engineering V7.0 requires Download and install Cumulative Patch 1
Cumulative Patch 1 for use. from the AspenTech Support Website.

Aspen Basic Engineering V7.1


(formerly Aspen Zyqad)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Basic Engineering V7.0 and V7.1 81


General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Admin tool: Crash happened when user Only occurs after reloading the
modified privileges several times. workspace multiple times (CQ00334425)
Bridge: When click the enabled box in The workaround is to open the link and
link list the enabled state can not be change enabled on the dialog
changed (CQ00320926)
That toolbar has only two buttons, thus
Drawing Editor: White-Out of the Tool the white space isn't hiding anything. It
Bar in Drawing Editor is supposed to be painted in grey
background (CQ00321677)
You should check “Trust access to Visual
Excel Datasheet Editor: Excel Basic Project” on the Trusted Publishers
datasheets won’t open. tab of the Security dialogue. Open this
from Tools/Macro/Security…
Excel Datasheet Editor: Annotation & Only occurs if you edit annotation by
Mark up disappear when click the same clicking the same field without first
field adding annotation or mark up clicking away (CQ00351965)
Excel Datasheet Editor: If an infinite
equipment list is saved from the
datasheet editor, and then opened for
printing in regular Excel, the page
numbers and total pages fields (if they
exist) are not correctly filled in during We are investigating if this is possible in
pagination Excel (CQ00331681)
Values entered directly on the datasheet
are not affected. Only imported values
Excel Datasheet Editor: The Excel by default do not show any decimal
Datasheet displays zero decimal places places. The format can be changed in the
(by default). usual way (CQ00350851)
Excel Datasheet Editor: If there are
insufficient object to fill the last page, We are investigating how to fill the final
the footer does not appear in the correct page of an infinite equipment list with
row. empty rows for printing. (CQ00331615)
Excel Datasheet Editor: - There is no Workbench displayed >> to show the
indication when the field can not display value has been truncated. Excel does
the value completely not. (CQ00334658)
Excel Datasheet Editor: Filter
datasheet and add a new object on
continuous list will add some empty Use Datasheet/pack to remove empty
rows rows (CQ00352023)
Excel Datasheet Editor: AZ Equipment
list vessel - error pops up when entering
data on ID\TT column: “Cycles in the
demons or application triggers exceeded Use an equipment datasheet to change
the threshold.” the value (CQ00338202)
Explorer : Batch save of multiple Opens the datasheets but doesn't save
datasheets them (CQ00333462)
Explorer: Double-clicking on submitted Use the Open/Submitted menu option
PPID opens the current version. instead (CQ00353139)
Explorer: <F-XXX IssueRecord> lock Lock errors can occur when submitting
error message shows up when user the same document twice (CQ00353136)

82 Basic Engineering V7.0 and V7.1


resubmits a datasheet within some
specific situation.
IDWF: folder name for issued diagrams
does not include issue reason (CQ00348026)
Estimation Interface: Some data are
not copied for following objects:
• CentrifugalCompressor
• ShellTubeHeatExchanger
• Fan
• Fire Heater
• Reciprocating Compressor Most data are transferred.
PackedColumn
Simulation Interface : Expanders and
valves are missing in the equipment tab Not possible to copy data from these
in the simulation importer simulation objects (CQ00353356)
Simulation Interface : errors when Stage results are still imported
importing results for Aspen Plus Radfrac (CQ00351199)
Contact AspenTech support for an
Migration: A workspace created in emergency patch which can be applied to
version 2006.5 or earlier cannot be V7.0 CP1, or version 7.1. The fix will
opened if a datasheet has a name also be included in CP2 (for V7.0) and
exceeding 255 characters. CP1 (for V7.1) (CQ00354195)
Out of the box Datasheets: Some
formatting errors (mostly overlapping
sections) and for a few fields unable to
change units of measurement. Occurs
for the following datasheets:
• AT Elevated Flare
• AT Enclosed Flare
• API Combustion Gas Turbine
• AT Centrifugal Fan
• AT Centrifugal Pump BB
• AT Centrifugal Pump OH (line 49
other field does not work)
• AT Centrifugal Pump VS
• AT Combustion Gas Turbine
• NORSOK Waste Heat Recovery
Unit (page displays 'Sheet')
• NORSOK Waste Heat Recovery
Unit
• NORSOK Reciprocating
Compressor
• NORSOK Pressure Vessel
• NORSOK Plate Heat Exchanger
• NORSOK Oil System
• NORSOK Centrifugal Pump These will be corrected and included in a
NORSOK Centrifugal Compressor cumulative patch.
Plot Plan : Area Drawing Length and
Width are reversed on Drawing
Plot Plan : Users must set the Scale in
order for Areas to work
TEF only problem. Creates a view file
during publish.
Workaround: Create a
file:C:\NoViewFile. This problem will
become irrelevant in the next release
TEF: Cannot Publish Datasheets when the Excel Datasheet functionality is

Basic Engineering V7.0 and V7.1 83


complete.
Vista Only : the title of Open This may depend on your Vista desktop
Workspace cannot be seen clearly preferences, e.g. color and transparency.

84 Basic Engineering V7.0 and V7.1


Operations Support

Aspen Online Deployment V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

When multiple versions of HYSYS, Aspen To explicitly control which version of a


Plus, Aspen Custom Modeler, or Aspen process simulator is used, only install
Exchanger Design and Rating (HTFS+) one version on the target system.
are installed, Aspen Online Deployment
will use the default version.

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Unexpected simulation failures due to The impact of desktop heap exhaustion


exhaustion of Windows desktop heap. depends on whether the online
See Microsoft Knowledge Base articles applications are configured to use a
126962 and 184802. remote solver.
Applications not using remote solver
Aspen Online Deployment is able to
allocate a private desktop heap for each
online application that does not use the
remote solver (i.e., Aspen Remote
Simulation Service). That significantly
reduces the possibility of encountering
the desktop heap exhaustion problem.
However, it also limits the number of
such applications that can be loaded.
On a Windows 2003 Server with Terminal
Services installed, up to 12 online
applications can be loaded if they are not
configured to use a remote solver. On a
Windows XP system or a Windows 2003
Server without Terminal Services

Operations Support 85
installed, just 2 or 3 online applications
that do not use a remote solver can be
loaded.
Applications using remote solver
The Aspen Remote Simulation Service
allocates a single desktop heap which is
shared among all the cases it opens.
To ensure the largest number of
simulations can be run before
encountering the desktop heap
limitation, use the Services control panel
applet to set the Aspen Remote
Simulation Service properties to:
• Logon as: Local System account
selected
• Allow service to interact with
desktop checked
This configuration will ensure that the
service uses a 3072KB heap instead of
the default 512KB heap.
The number of cases that the Remote
Simulation Service can open before
encountering desktop heap exhaustion is
highly dependent on the simulator
technology used and the complexity of
the simulation case. The heap
consumption can only be determined by
experiment (download the Desktop Heap
Monitor Version 8.1 tool from Microsoft
to help you inspect the desktop heap
usage).
A conservative guideline would be to
restrict use of a single Remote
Simulation Service to 3 or 4 HYSYS and
Aspen Plus cases, or just one Aspen
Custom Modeler case.

Note: You can increase the number


of online applications loaded by
installing Aspen Remote Simulation
Service on many server computers
and configuring each online
application’s remote solver host to
evenly distribute the load across
those servers.

86 Operations Support
CQ00321920 - Validity Limits must be In past versions of Aspen Online
entered in a particular sequence. Deployment, you could enter values for
lower and upper validity limits in any
sequence desired (i.e., change the low
limit first then the high limit, or vice
versa). In V7.0, you must enter them in
a way that does not invert the limits. For
example, if the current limits are Low=0
and High=0, and you want them to be
Low=100 and High=200, you must first
change the high limit to 200 and then
the low limit to 100. If you try to change
the low limit first you will not be able to
enter the value.
Error message is displayed when using The problem occurs when using the Tab
the Tab key to navigate user entries. key to navigate user entry information in
the Calculations tab of the Configure
Application dialog. The problem is
resolved by updating the Microsoft .NET
Framework. If you cannot update the
Microsoft component, then you can avoid
the problem by using the mouse to
navigate the user entry information.
On Windows 2003 Server and Windows
XP systems, this problem is eliminated
by installing SP1 for .NET Framework
2.0.
On Vista systems, this problem is
eliminated by installing .NET Framework
3.5.

Aspen Online Deployment V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

Simulator support Aspen Online Deployment V7.1 supports


version 2006.5, V7.0, and V7.1 of Aspen
Plus, Aspen HYSYS, Aspen Custom
Modeler, and Exchanger Design and
Rating. Earlier versions are not
supported.
Simulator version specification A specific simulator version cannot be
specified for HTFS+ (Exchanger Design
and Rating) cases; the default version of
HTFS+ will be used.
A specific version can be specified for
Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS, and Aspen
Custom Modeler.

Operations Support 87
Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

Configuring Process Engineering The AOD online server runs the process
software to be used by AOD simulators under the local SYSTEM
account. This can cause unforeseen
problems if there are configuration
settings that need to be set so that the
simulators function as expected.
A good example is the selection of the
Properties database. You will need to
configure the SYSTEM account to use the
correct properties database; to do that
you'll need to run the 'Aspen Properties
Database Selector' under the SYSTEM
account.
Unfortunately, you cannot logon as
SYSTEM. But, you can create a
Command window that is running as the
SYSTEM account, and then launch the
configuration tools from that command
window.
See the online help topic “Configuring
Process Engineering software to be used
by AOD”, found under “System
Administration, Online Server
administration” in the AOD Desktop
online help.
Unexpected simulation failures due to The impact of desktop heap exhaustion
exhaustion of Windows desktop heap. depends on whether the online
See Microsoft Knowledge Base articles applications are configured to use a
126962 and 184802. remote solver.
Applications not using remote solver
Aspen Online Deployment is able to
allocate a private desktop heap for each
online application that does not use the
remote solver (i.e., Aspen Remote
Simulation Service). That significantly
reduces the possibility of encountering
the desktop heap exhaustion problem.
However, it also limits the number of
such applications that can be loaded.
On a Windows 2003 Server with Terminal
Services installed, up to 12 online
applications can be loaded if they are not
configured to use a remote solver. On a
Windows XP system, or a Windows 2003
Server without Terminal Services
installed, just 2 or 3 online applications
that do not use a remote solver can be
loaded.
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The Aspen Remote Simulation Service
allocates a single desktop heap which is
shared among all the cases it opens.
To ensure the largest number of
simulations can be run before
encountering the desktop heap
limitation, use the Services control panel
applet to set the Aspen Remote
Simulation Service properties to:
a) “Logon as: Local System account”
selected
b) “Allow service to interact with
desktop” checked
That configuration will ensure that the
service uses a 3072KB heap instead of
the default 512KB heap.
The number of cases that the Remote
Simulation Service can open before
encountering desktop heap exhaustion is
highly dependent on the simulator
technology used and the complexity of
the simulation case. The heap
consumption can only be determined by
experiment (download the “Desktop
Heap Monitor Version 8.1” tool from
Microsoft to help you inspect the desktop
heap usage).
A conservative guideline would be to
restrict use of a single Remote
Simulation Service to 3 or 4 HYSYS and
Aspen Plus cases, or just one Aspen
Custom Modeler case.

Note: You can increase the number


of online applications loaded by
installing Aspen Remote Simulation
Service on many server computers
and configuring each online
application’s remote solver host so
as to evenly distribute the load
across those servers.
CQ00321920 - Validity Limits must be In past versions of Aspen Online
entered in a particular sequence Deployment you could enter values for
lower and upper validity limits in any
sequence desired (i.e., change the low
limit first then the high limit, or vice
versa). In this version (V7.1) you must
enter them in a way that does not invert
the limits. For example, if the current
limits are Low=0 and High=0, and you
want them to be Low=100 and
High=200, you must first change the
high limit to 200 and then the low limit
to 100 -- if you try to change the low
limit first you will not be able to enter

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the value.
CQ00353214 – special characters in Using a ‘%’ (percent) or ‘"’ (double
application variable name breaks web quote) character in the Aspen Online
plots Deployment variable name will prevent
the web viewer plots from being
displayed for that variable.
For example, the AOD variable name
"NapthaD 95%"."Cut Pt-5.00%" should
be changed to remove the quotation and
percent characters, for example:
NapthaD 95pct.Cut Pt-5.00pct.

Note: this restriction is on the AOD


variable name (which can be
modified in the Variables tab of the
Configure Application dialog in the
AOD Desktop); there is no such
restriction on variable names in the
simulation case.
CQ00354695 - Configure Online Server The help button in the Configure Online
help button error Server may not work; you may see a
dialog indicating an error and giving you
the option to abort or continue (you
should select continue).
To see the help information for Configure
Online Server, you can display the
Desktop Help from the AOD Desktop
Help menu and locate the topic
“Configure Online Server – Dialog Box”,
found under “Dialog Boxes and Screen
Displays, Supporting Dialog Boxes and
Windows”.

Aspen OTS Framework V7.0


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

If you have earlier versions of HYSYS • Open a command prompt window.


installed, Aspen OTS Framework might • Change your current folder to the one
attempt to use these, resulting in an containing the earlier version of Aspen
error when you attempt to activate the HYSYS, for example: cd “c:\Program
models. If you only have HYSYS V7.0, Files\AspenTech\Aspen HYSYS 2006.5”
installed you will not see this issue. • Enter the following command:

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hysys.exe /unregserver
• Repeat this for any other earlier
versions of HYSYS that you have
installed.
• Change your current folder to the one
containing Aspen HYSYS V7.0, for
example: cd “c:\Program
Files\AspenTech\Aspen HYSYS V7.0”
• Enter the following command:
hysys.exe /regserver

When using the Browse options from the Make the HYSYS case visible and copy
Tools menu to select variables for and paste variables from the HYSYS case
Control Signal Connections, you might to the Control Signal Connections list
see an unhandled exception error. instead of using the Browser.

You can take a snapshot from an OPC Use the Aspen OTS Framework GUI to
client by setting the value of the tag take snapshots.
Simulation.Snapshot to True. However,
after you have done this, the value
should be automatically reset to False so
that you can take another snapshot.
This is not happening.

Aspen OTS Framework V7.1


Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

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Aspen OnLine V7.0 and V7.1

Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

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Aspen Plus Refinery Based
Reactors

Aspen Plus Catcracker V7.0 and


V7.1 (formerly Aspen FCC)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Plus Hydrocracker V7.0


and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
Hydrocracker)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

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No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Plus Hydrotreater V7.0


and V7.1 (formerly Aspen
Hydrotreater)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Aspen Plus Reformer V7.0 and


V7.1 (formerly Aspen CatRef)
Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

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Aspen Open Object Model
Framework V7.0 and V7.1

Coexistence Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

Installation Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

General Usability Issues Workaround/Comment

No known issues Not applicable

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