A new component was recently added to SimuSage, GTT-Technologies’ component library for rapid process modeling. The new TPbOptimizer component is based on NOMAD , which is also used in the FactOptimal module of FactSage.
NOMAD (Nonlinear Optimization by Mesh Adaptive Direct) is designed for the constrained optimization of black box functions with a small number of variables. The new TPbOptimizer component provides a graphical user interface between a SimuSage flowsheet and NOMAD in order to set objectives, variables, constraints and optimization parameters.
The TPbOptimizer component will be introduced, and examples of SimuSage-based process optimizations utilizing the new component will be shown.
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