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Methods for modelling unit operations in chemical process simulators

Tijhuis, K. (2013) Methods for modelling unit operations in chemical process simulators.

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Abstract:In chemical process engineering an engineer cannot evaluate chemical process designs with physical models. Instead the designs are evaluated with the help of computer tools. These tools are called process simulators. In these process simulators the process is modelled by using predefined unit operations (e.g. mixing, distillation, heating) from the library of the process simulator. However, not all possible unit operations are in this library. Therefore, there is an option for the engineer to define their own unit operations. Despite this option, most engineers find it difficult to use a self-defined unit, since they need programming knowledge to define their own unit operations. A solution to this is to develop a method and an accompanying tool that makes it easier for process engineers to define their own unit operations. The purpose of this thesis is to develop the aforementioned method and tool. This is done by following a software development methodology called model-driven engineering. This approach aims to define models that make sense from the point of view of a user familiar with the domain. These models are then used to develop the software. In this case, this means the process engineer is able to understand the models that are used to develop the tool.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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