Cover of Computers & Chemical Engineering volume 19Authors: G.Fieg, W. Gutermuth, W. Kothe, H.H. Mayer, S. Nagel, H. Wendeler, G .Wozny

Affiliations: Henkel KGaA – D-40191 Düsseldorf, Germany; Hoechst AG – D-65026 Frankfurt a. Main, Germany; Hüls AG – D-45764 Marl, Germany; BASF AG – D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany; Bayer AG – D-51368 Leverkusen, Germany; Degussa AG – D-63457 Hanau; former Henkel KGaA, at present TU Berlin – D-10623 Berlin Germany

Reference: Computers & Chemical Engineering, Volume 19, Supplement 1, 11–14 June 1995, Pages 317-320

Abstract: “In response to their industrial needs six major German chemical companies have defined a common interface for the use of thermodynamics in different CAPE-applications. To prove the concept a prototype has been developed and applied to several industrial projects. This paper presents a plea for the introduction of an open CAPE environment. Such open standards have already been established in many other computer and information related areas.”

DOI: 10.1016/0098-1354(95)87056-3

Comments: this paper was written prior to the launch of the CAPE-OPEN project and was presented at the European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) 5 conference held at Bled, Slovenia in June 1995. The authors focus on thermodynamics and on IK-CAPE as a common thermodynamic server. While the interfaces defined there are much different from the ones subsequently specified by CAPE-OPEN, this paper calls for an open CAPE process modelling environment which is the objective of CAPE-OPEN. It is worth noting that Hans-Horst MAYER from BASF and Siegfried NAGEL from BAYER are present among the co-authors, Hans-Horst MAYER had called for the definition of an open standard in process simulation at FOCAPD 94 while Siegfried NAGEL was leading the first attempt to get the CAPE-OPEN project funded by the European Commission.