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Next generation computer aided process engineering open simulation environment

Objective



Quick and effective process simulation is vital for
assessing the performance of new or modified processes
before making the large investments necessary for
construction. It is thus an essential tool for allowing
new and improved products and processes into the market
quickly. The market for process simulation is dominated
by three companies offering incompatible products. This
is both true for steady state and dynamic simulation.
Different simulators have different strengths and to get
the best results requires access to more than one
simulator and integration with in house software
containing company specific information. This makes
simulation a slow, costly process and makes it difficult
for European Industry to exploit advances made by
research institutes and specialist suppliers of
simulation elements, whose products cannot be readily
integrated.

The project aims to promote the adoption of an open
systems communication for process flowsheet simulation,
which allows simulator users to employ elements of any
simulator within any other. Specifically the project
will develop open system communication for key simulation
elements, demonstrate the effectiveness of the open
system, widely disseminate the results and through this
promote adoption of the open system by the major
providers and users of process simulation. Following the
recommendations of a study made in 1995 for the partners,
the project will encourage a new approach known as
"component software", which enables a complete simulation
to be assembled using sofware components from a variety
of sources.

The specifications of the agreed interfaces wil1 be
widely discussed and disseminated in order to ensure the
rapid adoption in the European Industry. This will
provide the European process industries with faster,
cheaper, more accurate process simulation leading to
enhanced competitive and environmental performance. A
large new market will be created for specialist European
simulation elements vendors, increasing competition and
advancing the state of the art.

A balanced partnership including major process companies
and a process licensor, all substantial users of
simulation, will provide the user requirements. Selected
consultants and universities, experts in the CAPE domain,
will formulate the standards and demonstrators. The
expertise of the simulator vendors will ensure that the
results are practicable and are rapidly adopted.

The CAPE OPEN proposal builds on the BE95 1207 proposal,
with changes motivated by:
experience gained from the OO Cape study[5];
one year of evolution in the process simulation
software industry;
consensus report on the previous submission to Brite
Euram.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Groupement Européen de Recherches Technologiques sur les Hydrocarbures
Address
1&4,Avenue De Bois Préau
92500 Rueil-malmaison
France

Participants (14)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
55,Ahornstrasse 55
52074 Aachen
AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
52064 Aachen
Aspen Tech UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Castle Park
CB3 0AX Cambridge
BP Oil International Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Chertsey Road
TW16 7LN Sunbury On Thames
Basf AG
Germany
Address
38,Carl-bosch-strasse
67056 Ludwigshafen
Bayer AG
Germany
Address

51368 Leverkusen
Du Pont Ibérica SA
Spain
Address
561,Avenida Diagonal
08029 Barcelona
ELF-Aquitaine
France
Address
32,Chimin De La Lône
69310 Pierre-bénite
Hyprotech SI
Spain
Address
80,La Costa
08023 Barcelona
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Prince Consort Road
SW7 2BY London
Imperial Chemical Industries plc (ICI)
United Kingdom
Address
The Heath
WA7 4QF Runcorn
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse
France
Address
Chemin De La Loge
31078 Toulouse
Quantisci
United Kingdom
Address
45 Station Road
RG9 1AT Henley-on-thames
Simsci Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Exchange Street
SK3 0ET Cheshire