Aspen Plus® simulation software - a basic course for beginners

By Prof. Prabirkumar Saha   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 3568
Aspen Plus is a process modeling tool used for process monitoring, optimization and conceptual design, especially by chemical process industries. This is a simple course on Aspen Plus Simulation engine that will teach one how to model the most common unit operations of a chemical plant. Basic unit operations such as Pump, Reactor, Valve, Heater, Distillation Column etc. will be demonstrated which would be helpful for students, teachers, engineers and researchers in the area of R&D and Plant Design/Operation. The course is didactic, with a lot of applied theory and case studies. At the end of the course one will be able to setup a simulation, run it, get design parameters, optimize and get results. This is highly recommended for those who are willing to take a career in simulation/modeling via software.

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INTENDED AUDIENCE  :  Final year UG chemical engineering students and PG students having chemical engineering background. People from chemical process industries may also get benefitted with this course.

PREREQUISITES  :  People having Chemical Engineering background who have passed the following courses: Mass Transfer, Heat Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and Mechanical Operations.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT  :  All chemical process industries such as Reliance petrochem, Shell, IOCL, etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computational Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Basic Process Modelling
Week 2::Basic Process Modelling
Week 3:Basic Process Modelling 
Week 4:Process and property analysis 
Week 5:Process and property analysis
Week 6:Process and property analysis 
Week 7:Case studies 
Week 8:Case studies
Week 9:Case studies 
Week 10:Case studies 
Week 11:Case studies 
Week 12:Case studies

Books and references

1. Al-Malah, K.I.M (2016),“ASPEN PLUS® Chemical Engineering Applications”, Wiley.
2. Schefflan, R. (2016).“Teach Yourself the Basics of Aspen Plus”, AIChE, Wiley.

Instructor bio

Prof. Prabirkumar Saha

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Prabirkumar Saha received his Bachelors of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India in 1992 and his Masters of Technology and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He has got 22 years of post-PhD experience both in industry and academia. Prior to joining his present job, he had undertaken professional responsibilities at the National University of Singapore, General Electric (USA) and Cranfield University (England). Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has published about 70 refereed journal and conference papers. His research interest covers process control and liquid membrane based separation process. Prof. Saha is a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Award for International Education Administrators. He is a Senior Life Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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