On March 9 and 10, 2006 CO-LaN held the 3rd CAPE-OPEN European Conference in conjunction with the CO-LaN Annual General Meeting. More than 50 people attended these events.

Interoperability Showcase

The objective of the Showcase is to celebrate the progress that has been made in achieving commercial interoperability via the CAPE-OPEN standards. The emphasis is on demonstration as well as presentation and the emphasis in the demonstration is on interoperability rather than functionality.

Session 1

  • Interoperability Support SIG achievements in 2005 by Peter Banks (BP)
  • A look into the CAPE-OPEN kitchen of COCO by Dr Jasper van Baten (Amsterchem)

  • HIDiC in Aspen Plus by Gregor Fernholz (PSE Ltd) and Michel Pons (CO-LaN CTO)
    Abstract: One of the major achievements of CAPE-OPEN is certainly the enhanced inter-operability of simulation software packages enabling the end user to simultaneously take full advantage of the strengths of several software packages and to minimise the model implementation effort at the same time. This presentation demonstrates how a rigorous state-of-the-art model of a heat integrated distillation column (HiDiC) is implemented and simulated in gPROMS, exported into a CAPE-OPEN Unit plug and finally used in an Aspen Plus flowsheet.

  • Beyond compliance by Joseph Holmes (HTRI)
    Abstract: The focus of the talk is to encourage the software vendors and CO-LaN itself to look at issues beyond technical compliance with the CAPE-OPEN standards to drive acceptance of these interfaces in the marketplace. The paper presents some examples of work HTRI is doing in this direction.

  • CAPE and Property Packages: Air Liquide approach by Philippe Arpentinier (Air Liquide) Abstract: The presentation summarizes first the evolution of the Air Liquide demand for thermodynamic properties (pure substances and mixtures) since the beginning of the nineties and the main difficulties currently encountered in R&D as well as in the Engineering Department for the estimation of thermodynamic properties and more generally on the level of process simulation due to the large variety of situations met with a lack of structure and tools for storage and re-use of information. Then the main actions decided to answer to the evolution of the demand for thermodynamic properties and to solve the current difficulties are presented: i) adoption of a thermodynamic standard usable at each step of the cycle of development of a process (pure substances: DIPPR; mixtures: Simulis-Prosim), ii) development of the concept of open “thermodynamic property package” dedicated to an application (interoperability of models, reproducibility of results, perpetuation of the in-house knowledge, improvement of the quality of accessible information for a relevant later re-use), iii) adaptation of the existing tools and development of the new tools with the CAPE-OPEN standard.

  • UniSim CAPE-OPEN Thermo and Unit Operation by Murugesh Palanisamy (HTSL)
    Abstract: With UniSim CAPE-OPEN as an extension to UniSim Design Suite, simulation solutions will be enhanced providing customers to access other chemical process models built based on the CAPE-OPEN interface standard. UniSim CAPE-OPEN comprises UniSim CAPE-OPEN Socket and UniSim CAPE Thermo Plug In. UniSim CAPE-OPEN socket allows any third party CAPE-OPEN compliant Thermo packages and Unit Operations to plug and play within UniSim Flow sheeting environment. For example, a complex unit operation model built using gPROMS can be plugged into UniSim steady state design suite with which process capabilities of gPROMS could be used. Further, UniSim flow sheet can also leverage other vendor thermo property packages likeInfoChem MultiFlash equilibrium package capabilities through UniSim CAPE Thermo Socket interface. Besides, UniSim’s powerful advanced thermo engine can be packaged and exported as CAPE compliant Thermo component and can be made available to other simulator vendor’s packages.

  • INDISS with Thermo and Unit by Didier Paen (RSI)
    Abstract: RSI is involved in CAPE-OPEN Unit SIG and has developed inside INDISS Process Modeling Environment an implementation of dynamic CAPE-OPEN unit operations. The latest development done is the steady state resolution with CAPE-OPEN unit operations. Steady state resolution is adapted for initialization of dynamic simulation, but the switch to dynamic resolution requires some specific constraints on network. After steady state resolution, the dynamic mode can be activated to test transient behaviour. This feature has been used with IFP CAPE-OPEN pipelines. Tests have been done also with external thermodynamic packages as Simulis Thermodynamics from Prosim SA and we are now evaluating testing solutions with CO-LaN support.