Knowledge Based Plants Layout Configuration and Piping Routing

Conference paper


The design of industrial plants requires managing many geometrical and non geometrical data to reach a satisfactory solution in terms of costs, performance and quality. An approach is presented to support designers in the elicitation and formalization phase of the required knowledge. Then an integral prototypal software application accomplishes layout configuration tasks through a customized graphic wizard. A routing algorithm is presented to automate calculation and modelling of piping and electrical cables respecting design constraints. Cogeneration plant powered by micro gas-turbines has been chosen as test case to evaluate the proposed design method and tool.


Routing Knowledge based systems Knowledge management Cogeneration Computer aided plant design 



The authors wish to thanks Eng. Donatello Vocca and Eng. Marco Scarponi of Ghergo Industry & Engineering, for their precious contribution in the development of this research program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di MeccanicaUniversità Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly

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