Cover of Computer Aided Chemical Engineering volume 11Authors: J.-P.Belaud, B.Braunschweig, M.White

Reference: Belaud, J.P., Braunschweig, B., White, M., 2002. Chapter 4.4: The CAPE-OPEN standard: Motivations, development process, technical architecture & examples. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering 11, 303–332.

Abstract: “This chapter discusses the motivations, development process, technical architecture, and examples of the Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE)-OPEN Standard. The CAPE-OPEN (CO) standard was developed in two successive EU-funded projects, CAPE-OPEN and Global CAPE-OPEN (GCO). The CO project brought together software vendors, global chemical manufacturing companies and universities to solve enterprise software for designing and optimizing process plants could be made interoperable. The CO standard is characterized by a unique and global version number, and is described by a set of documents. CO and GCO relied on a structured process starting from user’s requirement and leading to software implementation, test and validation. The process is incremental and uses Unified Modeling Language (UML) notation for use case diagrams, sequence diagrams, component diagrams and class/interface diagrams…”

DOI: 10.1016/S1570-7946(02)80016-5

Comments: this chapter provides a good introduction to the CAPE-OPEN standard. After going through the motivations behind the development of the standard, the authors present its development process and its global architecture. Examples of use are provided for the core elements which are unit operations and thermodynamic properties. What pertains to numerical servers and ohysical properties data bases is presented as well before concluding on future activities and on the CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network (CO-LaN).