Design-kit: An object-oriented environment for process engineering

G. Stephanopoulos, J. Johnston, T. Kriticos, R. Lakshmanan, M. Mavrovouniotis, C. Siletti

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This paper outlines the structure and implementational features of the DESIGN-KIT, a software support environment developed to aid process engineering activities such as: synthesis of process flowsheets, configuration of control loops for complete plants, planning and scheduling of plant-wide operations and operational analysis. Based on object-oriented and data-driven programming styles, the paper discusses how the DESIGN-KIT is constructed to provide a rich repertory of declarative and procedural knowledge for the development of analytic- or design-oriented knowledge-based expert systems. A series of illustrations describe the construction of knowledge bases, graphic interface support, equation-oriented simulation and design, order-of-magnitude analysis, reasoning strategies and other facilities of the DESIGN-KIT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-674
Number of pages20
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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