At the CAPE-OPEN 2013 Annual Meeting, InoSim Software GmbH provided a presentation (PDF, 717 Kbytes) that Michel PONS made on behalf of them since no representative from InoSim Software GmbH was able to attend.
InoSim describes why and how they implemented a CAPE-OPEN Thermodynamic socket in InoSim software. This software is a process simulation software for modelling biotechnical and life science processes. Funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the project that made the software development possible, has TU Dortmund, as well as Bayer Technology Services, Bayer Health Care and Planton, involved.
The project partners made the analysis that InoSim, as a modelling tool, needs properties of the materials involved in the process simulated. Relying on existing thermodynamic servers, rather than developing its own, seemed a more reliable way to proceed. Hence the decision to rely on CAPE-OPEN to provide access to existing thermodynamic servers.
The presentation discusses issues encountered with phase and compound mappings before explaining the software programming used. InoSim Software GmbH relied on TEA from AmsterCHEM for their first tests before moving to Aspen Properties. InoSim Software GmbH has not yet decided if CAPE-OPEN Unit Operations are relevant in their application domain so no CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation socket is to be developed for the moment.