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Group Option Description
Line Type List Box To change the appearance of the lines, select one of the options in the drop down list (not all of these options are available for every mode):
Off no status colour is displayed, i.e the colour will not reflect the selected mode. For example, if the line type for the mode Warning is set to Off, then lines will NOT change colour when a warning is shown.
Solid line colour will be solid, showing one layer of status colour.
L-Dash StatusColour.png line colour will be shown as a long dash, this option may show up to two layers of status colour. For example, if the Tank has flow (solid colour-Layer2) but is in Error (L-Dash Layer1), then the tank Symbol will appear to have Long Red Dash (layer 1) with Blue background (layer 2). See image.
S-Dash line colour will be shown as a short dash, this option may show up to two layers of status colour.
Dots line colour will be shown as dots. this option may show up to two layers of status colour.
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Link Edit Mode (Dynamic)
Transfer Push This indicates the unit is in Dynamic Transfer Push Flow calculation mode. See Transfer Push Mode
Transfer Pull This indicates the unit is in Dynamic Transfer Pull Flow calculation mode. See Transfer Pull Mode
Simple This indicates the unit is in Dynamic Simple Flow calculation mode.
Linear This indicates the unit is in Dynamic Linear Flow calculation mode.
Full This indicates the unit is in Dynamic Full Hydraulic Flow calculation mode.
Button Small 2.png Inactive Shows the unit is Deactivated. Can be a result of deactivating a full flowsheet, or deselecting the Active tick box in the Access Window - Info Tab.
Model Off This indicates the unit is not Online. Some unit operations maybe switched On/Off, examples are Flash Tank, heat exchanger, washers, thickeners and so on. Not all unit operations can be switched off.
Error This indicates configuration error in the unit operation. This could be incomplete configuration such as missing input/output connections or error in the reaction file. Errors will prevent SysCAD from solving. Error messages can be found in the message window as well as the unit model's access window, normally on the first Tab.
Warning This indicates Warning message in the unit operation, this could be for example a bad energy balance message. Warnings will not prevent SysCAD from solving. Warning messages can be found in the message window as well as the unit model's access window, normally on the first Tab.
Tear Stream This indicates the tearing positions. See Solver Setting - Tears.
Macro Model This indicates the unit operation is part of a Flash Train.
Zero Flow (kg/s) This is a user specified variable, any value less than this will be shown as Zero Flow.
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Unit
Closed This represents the variable On/off or Open/Close in selected unit operations. They could be PID, PGM, SetTag controller or pumps, valves and so on.
Source/Sink This is for the unit operation Feeder-Cross Page Connector. It is to differentiate a true Source and Sink from Cross Page Connectors. This option is useful for large projects with multiple flowsheets.
Net Flow In steady state, this is to show mass imbalance within the unit operation if any. In dynamic simulation, it shows change in surge capacity, eg: for tank level, Nett flow change will indicate the tank contents is accumulating or depleting.
Flow This shows that the unit operation has flow.
No Flow This shows that the unit operation has NO flow.
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Link
Vapour Flow This will show that the stream has mainly vapour flowing through it. (Set by value in Vapour Test% )
Solids Flow This will show that the stream has mainly vapour flowing through it. (Set by value in Solids Test% )
Flow +ve The stream between two unit operations has forward flow. (More applicable in dynamic mode.)
Flow -ve The stream between two unit operations has reverse flow. (More applicable in dynamic mode.)
Zero Flow The stream between two unit operations has no flow.
Vapour Test % This is a user specified variable, any value less than this will be shown as Vapour Stream.
Solids Test % This is a user specified variable, any value less than this will be shown as Solids Stream.
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Project Settings
Show Status Colour To turn the colour option off, disable this option and press OK. You may need to refresh the graphics windows by clicking on the Redraw button.
Show Edit Mode Status This is only available for dynamic projects, it will switch on the colour options in group Button Small 1.png, while the project is in Edit mode (not solving).
Scheme Black
Gray
LightGray
OffWhite
White
This changes the background colour, different schemes may have different colours for a selected option.
Note: Individual colour changes are saved to a colour scheme. If a different colour scheme is used, the default colours for that scheme is loaded as well. User should select the Scheme colour first before making any colour changes.
Button Small 6.png Clear As only one colour is shown per unit, the colours are sorted in priority order as listed above (thus InActive is the highest override). The status colour "Clear" means none of the above status colours apply to the model.
Unknown Graphics symbols with no associated models or graphics imported from external drawings.
Other Graphics Other graphics may include graphics added via Insert Symbol, Annotation Table and Insert Text.
Selected The unit operation currently selected by clicking on the graphics symbol.
Secondary Selected When redrawing a link, the link will be the highlighted in the 'Selected' colour while the source and destination units will be highlighted with this colour.
  • the secondary colour also highlights the source and destination units when accessing a Temporary Quick View via a left mouse click
  • a single left mouse click on a PID or General Controller will highlight the units which contain controlled or referenced tags
  • the Quick Find function also utilises the secondary highlight colour.
ResetToDefault.png Reset to Default Pressing this button will reset all Options on the current tab to default settings.

NOTE:

  1. The colour layers are in the order of importance, as shown in the following list. Thus, the top layer will always be InActive, if it is present, then Error, Warning and so on.
  2. The above display colours bitmap is generated with computer display colours set at 65536 colours. If your computer is set at 256 colours, you may find some colours do not come out as specified in SysCAD. In that case, select solid colours only for your colour selection, that is, use the 16 basic colours.