Today the CO-LaN Management Board has reviewed the requests received within the call for Consultancy Services of February-March 2019. On a total of five requests received, two are related to implementations of COBIA.

As a first step in its evaluation of the requests, CO-LaN Management Board has approved the COBIA-related requests. They provide CO-LaN with a real opportunity to exercize further the deliverables of COBIA Phase II.

One request is from KBC Advanced Technologies and is about wrapping MultiFlash, their thermodynamic server, with a COBIA-based CAPE-OPEN layer. MultiFlash is already a CAPE-OPEN Process Modelling Component (Property Package Manager and Thermo System) and has been so for many years. KBC Advanced Technologies wants to build experience with COBIA. At the CAPE-OPEN 2016 Annual Meeting, where the results of COBIA Phase I were presented, KBC Advanced Technologies had already mentioned their willingness to try COBIA with MultiFlash.

The other request is from Heat Transfer Research Inc. (HTRI) and is about wrapping a recently released heat exchanger model as a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation, using COBIA. HTRI has a long history of implementing CAPE-OPEN interfaces in their XChanger Suite software. HTRI wants to experience with COBIA. Their project is the scenario used as a basis for the training course on COBIA delivered by CO-LaN on October 8, 2018 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

These two requests call for advice and guidance from AmsterCHEM, who has been developing COBIA for CO-LaN. AmsterCHEM will be contracted by CO-LaN for a total of 40 man-hours over these two projects. This activity is expected to start in May-June, taking into account time constraints set by KBC Advanced Technologies and HTRI.