Authors: Amirpiran AMIRI, Periasamy VIJAY, Moses O. TADE, Khaliq AHMED, Gordon D. INGRAM, Vishnu PAREEK, Ranjeet UTIKAR

Affiliations: Centre for Process Systems Computations, Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia and Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd., Noble Park, Victoria 3174, Australia

Reference: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41 (2016), pp. 2919-2930

Abtract: “A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system consists of a fuel cell stack with its auxiliary components.Modelling an entire SOFC system can be simplified by employing standard process flowsheeting software. However, no in-built SOFC module exists within any of the commercial flowsheet simulators…”.


Comments: no use of any CAPE-OPEN technology by the authors throughout the work reported. Still the authors mention the following “It should be noted that Aspen Plus and a CFD simulator, such as FLUENT, can be integrated through the CAPE-OPEN interface” and they refer to the APECS project at NETL and to Dr Steve ZITNEY’s presentations like the one at the CAPE-OPEN 2006 US Meeting. This mention just shows the awareness of the possibilities that have been offered by CAPE-OPEN for linking process simulators and CFD software tools. Still the point which is not discussed is how a SOFC module could be made a CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation in order to plug it in any CAPE-OPEN compliant process simulators.