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Model Report


Last Revision Date: 09/30/2009 View as PDF
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Model Overview/Abstract:
The CAPE-OPEN standard is the de facto standard for interfacing process modeling software components for use in the design and operation of chemical processes. It is based on universally recognized software technologies, such as COM and CORBA. The CO standard is open, multi-platform, uniform and available free of charge. It is described in a formal documentation set covering areas such as unit operations, physical properties and numerical solvers, which are available on the CO-LaN web site (see below). In practice, it enables components supplied by third parties, such as niche physical property packages or unit operation models, to be used in “plug and play” mode in commercial process modeling software tools. This removes a major barrier to the construction of best in class process models in specialist areas.
Model Technical Contact Information:
William Barrett
Model Homepage: http://www.co-lan.org Exiting the EPA Site

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Technical Requirements
Computer Hardware
Primarily x86 systems
Compatible Operating Systems
MS Windows, Linux/Unix
Download Information
Information available at: http://www.co-lan.org/exit EPA
User Support
User Qualifications
Chemical Engineering degree, typically graduate level education, with experience in the design and operation of chemical plants.

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Problem Identification
Chemical process simulation applications were large monolithic programs that were not very extensible. The Cape-Open projects developed a set of standards for using model components within a model environment based upon the Microsoft COM and CORBA middleware infrastructure.
Model Evaluation
See specification documents located at http://www.co-lan.org/index-3.htmlexit EPA

Key Limitations to Model Scope
Cape-Open is not an environmental model (or even a model for that matter), rather, it provides users a mechanism to create models of industrial processes, and potentially to provide inputs to environment models, such as air models, waste generation models, or surface water quality models.

Case Studies
Maurizio Fermeglia, G. L. L. T. (2008). "COWAR: A CAPE-OPEN software module for the evaluation of process sustainability." Environmental Progress (Forthcoming)

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