Cover page Computers & Chemical Engineering vol 36Authors: Yang ZHAO, Cheng JIANG, Aidong YANG

Affiliation: Division of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK

Cite as: Zhao, Y., Jiang, C., & Yang, A. (2012). Towards computer-aided multiscale modelling: An overarching methodology and support of conceptual modelling. Computers and Chemical Engineering, 36(1), 10–21.

DOI: 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2011.06.010

Comments: the authors look at ways to facilitate multi-scale modelling. They refer to CAPE-OPEN as a suitable tool to use “when the simulation of a complex process system has to be accomplished using multiple simulation tools“. They point to the “component-based approach has been adopted by the process engineering community: the CAPE-OPEN initiative (Braunschweig et al., 2000) develops standards of software interfaces for typical process modelling components“. Furthermore the authors consider that the “result of CAPE-OPEN has been vital for the improvement of openness in commercial process modelling software, and for the development of open simulation platforms“.

With respect to multi-scale modelling the authors do not refer any further to CAPE-OPEN which appears somehow restricted to one scale and not meant to bridge different scales of modelling.