Logo of Heat Transfer Research, Inc.Picture of David GIBBONS (2023)At the CAPE-OPEN 2023 Annual Meeting, David Gibbons from HTRI, shared their experience using COBIA.

David GIBBONS is the representative of HTRI in CO-LaN. At HTRI he holds the position of Senior Vice President, Software Development. As such he is responsible for all HTRI engineering software products, including Xchanger Suite. Early on, like back in 2006, HTRI has wrapped as CAPE-OPEN Unit Operations the applications within the XChanger Suite. More recently, as reported at the CAPE-OPEN 2020 Annual Meeting, HTRI chose COBIA as middleware for Xfh Ultra®, a new component of XChanger Suite. To CO-LaN, it seemed time to report on the experience HTRI and its member clients have had with COBIA-based CAPE-OPEN interoperability.


For many years HTRI has implemented CAPE-OPEN support for a range of heat exchanger unit operations including the adoption of the CAPE-OPEN and Thermo 1.1 specifications.

More recently, COBIA has been successfully used to provide similar support for HTRI’s fired heater application. COBIA made the implementation simple and just works as expected.