(19b) SPICE: A Computer-Aided Framework for Systematic Process Intensification of Chemical Enterprises
Using several intensification examples, we will demonstrate the capabilities of the software framework in effective collection and transferring of input data through a user-friendly interface, and automatic generation of process flowsheet. In addition, we will discuss a systematic method, which has been implemented in SPICE, to automatize the conversion of building block-based diagrams to classical process flow diagrams and vice-versa. This method allows to systematically identify the primary and auxiliary units from the corresponding solutions of the building-block based MINLP model. Evaluation on flowrate variables between blocks gives the information on connectivity for construction of an adjacency matrix with nodes as identified units and edges as connectivity . This adjacency matrix is used to interpret the connectivity within a process flowsheet.
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