Oliver KOCH, Linde Engineering representativeOliver KOCH (Linde Engineering), together with Robert KENDER (Technical University of Munich) today gave a lecture at this university in front of chemical engineering students. The lecture discusses interoperability achieved through CAPE-OPEN.

Picture of M.Sc. Robert KENDER from Technical University of Munich.The lecture explains what CAPE-OPEN is and why it was developed, together with the purpose of CO-LaN. It also describes a use case of the CAPE-OPEN methodology in which a reactor, modelled in MATLAB® from MathWorks® and taken from a student exercise, is embedded into Honeywell’s UniSim® Design. In order to achieve this seamless integration, the MATLAB® CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation provided by AmsterCHEM, is used. The AmsterCHEM code can be utilized to wrap any MATLAB® model as a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation. Following the UniSim exercise, the same CAPE-OPEN unit operation is re-used in AspenTech’s Aspen HYSYS®  process simulator demonstrating the interoperability capabilities of CAPE-OPEN.

The presentation also explains why CAPE-OPEN is important to an EPC contractor such as Linde Engineering and offers a glimpse into the software applications that are used and developed by Linde Engineering to support its operations.

Other universities are welcome to use this presentation as a blueprint for similar CAPE-OPEN interoperability presentations to their students. While simple enough, the example provided in the presentation contains most of the complexity needed, in any flowsheet, in order to better represent a given process.

Thanks to CAPE-OPEN, heterogenous process models can be integrated easily. CAPE-OPEN also allows university researchers a speedy delivery of results to their community of users.