The Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) is a Working Party of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE, www.efce.info), a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

The object of the EFCE is for the benefit of the public to promote co-operation in Europe and elsewhere between non-profit making professional scientific and technical societies which share among their aims the general advancement of science and education of the public in chemical engineering and the encouragement of the development of chemical engineering and any ancillary or incidental purposes that the charity trustees may think fit.

The Federation seeks to achieve its objectives, among other means, by establishing Working Parties, Sections, Task Groups, etc. to survey and report on specific aspects or areas of chemical engineering

EFCE Working Parties have been formed to deal with special fields with the objective of achieving active collaboration in Europe, for example, by preparing reports, investigating important problems and suggesting symposia to be held (EFCE Rules, Paragraph 6.4.1).

CAPE Working Party

The EFCE Working Party on Computer Aided Process Engineering (CAPE-WP) is focused on the management of complexity in systems involving physical and chemical change. These systems usually involve many time and scale lengths and their characteristics and the influences on them are uncertain. CAPE involves the study of approaches to analysis, synthesis, and design of complex and uncertain process engineering systems and the development tools and techniques required for this. The tools enable process engineers to systematically develop systems, products and processes across a wide range of domains involving chemical and physical change: from molecular, thermodynamic and genetic phenomena to manufacturing processes and to related business processes.
The Working Party promotes the development, study, and use of CAPE tools and techniques:

  • Characteristics: Multiple scales, uncertainty, multidisciplinary, complexity.
  • Core competencies: modelling, synthesis, design, control, optimization, problem solving, problem integration, … and the use of computer based technologies for these purposes (e.g.: parallel computing, wifi integration, big data management, representation, including 3D/virtual reality etc.)
  • Domains: manufacturing products and processes involving molecular change, sustainability, business processes, biological systems, energy, water. Training. Training.