Current Research and Development in Computer-Aided Process Design

  • Arthur W. Westerberg


This paper presents initially an overview of the design effort as carried out in a typical industrial environment, discussing in particular several of the large number of computer aids currently in use. Examples include flowsheeting programs, mechanical design of heat exchangers and pressure vessels, drafting aids and a relatively new interest in using Data Base Management Systems to ease the problems of handling the myriad of data associated with using many of the other aids throughout the life of a design project.

The second part of the paper indicates some of the active research areas in computer-aided process design. Each research problem considered is first defined, the major problem areas are identified and finally some discussion is given on approaches to solving. Examples include computer generated flowsheets (synthesis), new ideas in flowsheeting which may lead to significant computational improvements in performing this task, and computational strategies for process optimization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur W. Westerberg
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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