Systematic Methods and Tools for Computer Aided Modelling

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Models are playing important roles in design and analysis of chemicals/bio-chemicalsbased products and the processes that manufacture them. Model-based methods andtools have the potential to decrease the number of experiments, which can be expensiveand time consuming, and point to candidates, where the experimental effort could be focused.
In this project a general modelling framework for systematic model building throughmodelling templates, which supports the reuse of existing models via its new modelimport and export capabilities, have been developed. The new feature for model transferhas been developed by establishing a connection with an external modellingenvironment for code generation.
The main contribution of this thesis is a creation of modelling templates and theirconnection with other modelling tools within a modelling framework. The goal was tocreate a user-friendly system, which will make the model development process easierand faster and provide the way for unified and consistent model documentation. Themodeller can use the template for their specific problem or to extend and/or adopt amodel. This is based on the idea of model reuse, which emphasizes the use of a modelnot only for one specific application but also for future applications involving differentneeds and levels of detail to match different purposes. As the result the model developercan generate and test models systematically, efficiently and reliably. In this way,development of products and processes can be faster, cheaper and very efficient.
The developed modelling framework involves five main elements: 1) a modelling tool,that includes algorithms for model generation; 2) a template library, which providesbuilding blocks for the templates (generic models previously developed); 3) computeraided methods and tools, that include procedures to perform model translation, modelanalysis, model verification/validation, model solution and model documentation; 4)model transfer – export/import to/from other application for further extension andapplication – several types of formats, such as XML-format and COM-objects, areincorporated to allow the export and import of mathematical models; 5) a user interfacethat provides the work-flow and data-flow to guide the user through the differentmodelling tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Number of pages150
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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