Agent-based approach to a design support system for the synthesis of continuous chemical processes

Han Chonghun, James M. Douglas, George Stephanopoulos

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A successful, computer-aided design support system can help a process designer focus on making effective design decisions, not merely tedious routine calculations. Such a system is essential to enhance quality of design in terms of economics, environmental benignity, reliability, robustness, and operability. Such a statement is even more accepted when applied to conceptual design problems, where gross design specifications are given while a combinatorial number of design alternatives exists. This paper presents an agent-based approach as a systematic and efficient way to design a computer-aided support system for the synthesis of continuous, single-product chemical processes. An agent-based approach allows us to handle design knowledge as an object and thus greatly improve the modularity and reusability of that knowledge. Such modularity leads to increased ease in the relaxation of design decisions and the generation of design alternatives, both of which functions are critically important in dealing with the complexity and uncertainty of conceptual design problems. Such reusability leads to the increased productivity in the development of a design support system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Agent
  • conceptual design
  • design support system
  • object model.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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