AIChEAnnual2012Presentation made at AIChE 2012 Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 3:20 PM

Authors: William M. Barrett, Sustainable Technology Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH and Jasper M. Van Baten, AmsterCHEM, Cuevas del Almanzora, Spain (presenter)
Abstract: This presentation proposes a standardized mechanism for obtaining process information directly from a process modelling environment (PME) using a strongly-integrated interface set, called Flowsheet Monitoring. The Flowsheet Monitoring interface provides read-only access to the unit operation collection and material, energy, and information stream collection within the process model, and can be used to obtain the material flow data directly from the simulation. This material flow data can then be used to for a variety of purposes to evaluate the process. The Flowsheet Monitoring interface has been proposed as an extension of the CAPE-OPEN chemical process simulation interface set.An implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) WAste Reduction (WAR) Algorithm is presented that uses Flowsheet Monitoring to access process flow information from a process modelled with AmsterCHEM’s COFE (CAPE-OPEN Flowsheeting Environment). The WAR Algorithm add-in is included in the latest release of its COCO (CAPE-OPEN to CAPE-OPEN) Simulation Environment, available from