Computer-Aided Modelling Methods and Tools

Ian Cameron, Rafiqul Gani

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The development of models for a range of applications requires methods and tools. In many cases a reference model is required that allows the generation of application specific models that are fit for purpose. There are a range of computer aided modelling tools available that help to define the model, generate the model and provide a range of toolboxes to aid model analysis, solution and results generation. This chapter describes the basic model structures that commence with a definition of the balance volumes and then discuss the conservation equations, constraints and constitutive equations. To illustrate these concepts a number of examples are used. These include models of polymer membranes, distillation and catalyst behaviour. Some detailed considerations within these models are stated and discussed. Model generation concepts are introduced and ideas of a reference model are given that shows a taxonomy of aspects around conservation, constraints and constitutive relations. Aspects of the ICAS-MoT toolbox are given to illustrate the functionality of a computer aided modelling tool, which incorporates an interface to MS Excel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct and Process Modelling : A Case Study Approach
EditorsIan Cameron, Rafiqul Gani
Number of pages557
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)978-0-444-53161-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Model generation
  • Computer aided modelling
  • Modelling tools
  • Beer fermentation
  • Modelling toolbox
  • Balance volume
  • Model analysis
  • Conceptualisation
  • Model solution

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Cameron, I., & Gani, R. (2011). Computer-Aided Modelling Methods and Tools. In I. Cameron, & R. Gani (Eds.), Product and Process Modelling: A Case Study Approach (Vol. 3, pp. 33-76). Elsevier.