ANSYS is a Corporate Associate Member of CO-LaN with representative Dr Tony Garratt as of today. Tony was previously representative for Reaction Design, which became part of ANSYS in 2014.
Reaction Design’s involvement with CAPE-OPEN includes the development of a Unit Operation for Chemkin to enable Equivalent Reactor Networks to be used within Aspen Plus for simulation of coal gasification processes. This work was in collaboration with NETL and was presented at the AIChE 2012 Annual Meeting.
The involvement of ANSYS with CAPE-OPEN goes as far back as 2002 when Fluent Inc. (now part of ANSYS) joined CO-LaN. This was initiated by Dr Steve Zitney at Fluent Inc. after he worked for AspenTech where he developed a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation linked to the CFD simulator Fluent. Subsequently Fluent Inc. developed a CAPE-OPEN COM-CORBA bridge enabling Fluent models to be used as CAPE-OPEN Unit Operations coupled with CAPE-OPEN thermodynamics. This development was within the Advanced Process Engineering Co-Simulator (APECS) project driven by NETL.
Currently ANSYS is not supporting APECS and is not involved in any CAPE-OPEN activities but welcomes any parties interested in using CAPE-OPEN within ANSYS products to get in touch.
Tony is currently Lead Software Developer within the Fluids Business Unit at ANSYS. Previously, he worked at AspenTech for 15 years, where he was involved with the support of CAPE-OPEN solver interfaces within AspenTech and worked on the Aspen Plus implementation of Equation-Based Unit Operations. In 2007 he joined Reaction Design and in 2014 became part of ANSYS following its acquisition of Reaction Design. Tony has been active in CO-LaN as a member of the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group.