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The AixCAPE consortium applied for Associate Membership on February 3, 2006. The CO-LaN Management Board has accepted the application on February 10, 2006.

Welcome to AixCAPE e.V.!

The AixCAPE consortium supports the use of research results not available in commercial software today. Technology assessment and benchmarking are performed against cases of industrial relevance in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners. As a result, industrial end users gain deeper knowledge about the potential of novel methods.

Several projects to improve academic prototypes and better integrate them into engineering work processes have been carried out in cooperation with member companies AirProducts, BASF, Bayer, Degussa, DOW, Lanxess, Shell, and ARKEMA/TOTAL. Major activities are in the areas of data analysis, process synthesis, process model management, and tool integration including the use of CAPE-OPEN technologies.

As a result of one of those projects, an academic shortcut model developed at Systems Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. W. Marquardt, RWTH Aachen) for quick assessment of feasability and minimum energy demand of distillation columns has been made available as a CAPE-OPEN compliant unit operation.

AixCAPE has been in close contact with CO-LaN since AixCAPE foundation in 2003 and part of the work for the shortcut unit operation project was carried out as a consultancy action together with CO-LaN and Aspen Technology.

Lars von Wedel is responsible for tool integration and CAPE-OPEN technologies at AixCAPE and has worked in the European CAPE-OPEN and Global CAPE-OPEN projects. Lars is interested in further developing standards for simulation software as part of the AixCAPE membership in CO-LaN. It is expected AixCAPE will have an important role in the Methods&Tools SIG recently created.