1998 Progress Report: Clean Process Advisory System (CPAS) Core Activities

EPA Grant Number: R825370C046
Subproject: this is subproject number 046 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825370
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: EERC - National Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT)
Center Director: Crittenden, John C.
Title: Clean Process Advisory System (CPAS) Core Activities
Investigators: Baker, James R. , Barna, Bruce A. , Rogers, Tony N. , Radecki, P. P.
Institution: Michigan Technological University
EPA Project Officer: Klieforth, Barbara I
Project Period:    
Project Period Covered by this Report: January 1, 1997 through January 1, 1998
RFA: Exploratory Environmental Research Centers (1992) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT) , Targeted Research


The goals of the CPAS Core Project are to coordinate individual development projects in the CPAS Focus Area with industrial representatives and to facilitate the delivery of CPAS tools and concepts to the public and private sector in a timely fashion.

Progress Summary:

Maintaining a central node for distribution and coordination of design tools developed under the CPAS Focus Area is the most effective way to supply the tools to industry. Quick distribution in a consistent fashion will provide the greatest opportunity to realize pollution prevention benefits from the collective efforts of all CPAS investigators. The CPAS Core Activities Project provides this central node, including staff and other resources for distribution and promotion of design tools and concepts.

The approach of the CPAS Core Project is to support and promote the accomplishments of the individual CPAS projects though the use of professional computer programmers and other full-time staff. This allows the project investigators on the individual projects to apply their intellectual talents most effectively in project development. Specific aspects of this work include:

• Outreach through sponsoring and attending regional and national meetings to familiarize the industrial sector with efforts within the CPAS Focus Area.
• Constructing and refining a single front-end interface that will allow all CPAS design tools.
• Release of demonstration versions of CPAS and other promotional materials to provide information about current and future expected activities and software products.
• Management of testing by outside parties.
• Software release on a single set of media (floppy disks, or CD ROM) from a single source, as opposed to requiring users to request software from each individual investigator.
• Provide a consistent dedicated point of contact to coordinate with various parties interested in participating in CPAS development, scoping, or distribution.

The CPAS Core Activities Project has served in the support of the individual developmental efforts under the CPAS focus area since 1994. This support has been in the form of coordination, marketing, student programmer assistance, general software engineering support, and legal support. This support has helped result in the development of a number of tools that are near commercial status. In addition to technical support, the Core Project has also been instrumental in generating broad recognition of the CPAS concept and name.

Specifically, the Project has assisted in the development, commercialization, and release of the Environmentally Conscious Constructability Tool by Dr. Robert Patty; the approaching release of the Environmental Technology Design Option Tools (AdDesigns, ASAP, and StEPP); the Boiler Analysis Tool; and The Dow Fire and Explosion Index (F&EI) and Chemical Exposure Index (CEI) tools. Related to marketing and promotion, the core group has published articles, performed presentations, and maintained relationships with regional and national organizations including the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the United Nations Environmental Program.

The CPAS Core Project has also been instrumental in obtaining leverage funding including significant support from the U.S. EPA National Risk Management and Reduction Laboratory and parallel projects in Environmental Assessment with Boeing Corporation. These leveraged efforts have helped considerably in continued development, evaluation, and testing of CPAS tools and methodologies.

To promote continued commercialization, distribution, and marketing activities, Core Project personnel have held discussions with value-added resellers, including EPCON International, Horizon Technologies, and others. Under carried forward funds, all existing CPAS tools and prototypes will be distributed to potential value-added resellers for potential commercialization and distribution. After this distribution, we anticipate that sufficient momentum will be realized to sustain the CPAS developmental efforts without the need for future Core projects.

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Journal Article Betts KS. Preventing pollution by design. Environmental Science & Technology A-Pages 1998;32(13):318A-320A. R825370C046 (1998)
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    RFA, Scientific Discipline, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Sustainable Industry/Business, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Civil/Environmental Engineering, computing technology, Civil Engineering, New/Innovative technologies, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, pollution prevention design tool, data sharing, Clean Process Advisory System (CPAS), Design for Environment, pollution prevention

    Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R825370    EERC - National Center for Clean Industrial and Treatment Technologies (CenCITT)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R825370C032 Means for Producing an Entirely New Generation of Lignin-Based Plastics
    R825370C042 Environmentally Conscious Design for Construction
    R825370C046 Clean Process Advisory System (CPAS) Core Activities
    R825370C048 Investigation of the Partial Oxidation of Methane to Methanol in a Simulated Countercurrent Moving Bed Reactor
    R825370C054 Predictive Tool for Ultrafiltration Performance
    R825370C055 Heuristic Reactor Design for Clean Synthesis and Processing - Separative Reactors
    R825370C056 Characterization of Selective Solid Acid Catalysts Towards the Rational Design of Catalytic Reactions
    R825370C057 Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing: Prediction of Processing Waste Streams for Discrete Products
    R825370C064 The Physical Properties Management System (PPMS™): A P2 Engineering Aid to Support Process Design and Analysis
    R825370C065 Development and Testing of Pollution Prevention Design Aids for Process Analysis and Decision Making
    R825370C066 Design Tools for Chemical Process Safety: Accident Probability
    R825370C067 Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing: Design for Disassembly (DFD) in De-Manufacturing of Products
    R825370C068 An Economic Comparison of Wet and Dry Machining
    R825370C069 In-Line Copper Recovery Technology
    R825370C070 Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation of Lactic Acid
    R825370C071 Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Polymers from Industrial Wastewater
    R825370C072 Tin Zeolites for Partial Oxidation Catalysis
    R825370C073 Development of a High Performance Photocatalytic Reactor System for the Production of Methanol from Methane in the Gas Phase
    R825370C074 Recovery of Waste Polymer Generated by Lost Foam Technology in the Metal Casting Industry
    R825370C075 Industrial Implementation of the P2 Framework
    R825370C076 Establishing Automated Linkages Between Existing P2-Related Software Design Tools
    R825370C077 Integrated Applications of the Clean Process Advisory System to P2-Conscious Process Analysis and Improvement
    R825370C078 Development of Environmental Indices for Green Chemical Production and Use