(41g) Towards a Unified Strategy and Prototype Software Platform for the Synthesis of Operable & Sustainable Process Intensification Systems
In this work, we will present our initial efforts towards the development of a unified strategy and prototype software platform for the synthesis of operable process intensification (PI) systems. The key components in this prototype software tool include: (i) a Process Synthesis Suite to systematically generate and screen intensified alternatives, where three synthesis strategies are supported: namely the Generalized Modular Representation Framework  for phenomena identification & synthesis, the Abstract Building Block approach under SPICE framework [7-8] for phenomena-based synthesis & flowsheet screening, and the ProCAFD tool  for computer aided flowsheet design. These approaches can be employed by the users flexibly in a sequential manner for multiscale process synthesis or in an independent manner for targeted equipment/flowsheet intensification; and (ii) a Process Operability Suite to evaluate or integrate process design with process operability, control, and safety providing validation of expected performance under varying conditions and scenarios [10-11]. Development towards a model library suite for general PI systems will be also highlighted. Potential links with ongoing RAPID projects for PI developments, for example the Reaction Software Ecosystem  and the Physical Properties Database , will be also discussed. Representative case studies will be presented to demonstrate the key features, components, and work flow of the proposed prototype software platform.
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