Microsoft Research has made available for download an "add-in" that can save chemical engineers time while writing. Assigned to the Outercurve Foundation as an open-source project, the Chemistry Add-in for Microsoft Word will do the following:
allow for easy insertion and modification of chemical-related info such as formulas, labels, and 2-D depictions, within Microsoft Word
provides the ability to store and expose chemical information in a semantically rich manner
allow for the creation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures
The Add-In uses CML (Chemical Mark-up Language), a version of XML that not only enables chemical writing in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 but also includes the data behind the writing. According to Microsoft Research:
The Chemistry Add-in and CML help make chemistry documents open, readable, and easily accessible to humans as well as other technologies. The Chemistry Add-in supports publishing and data-mining scenarios for authors, readers, publishers, and others throughout the chemical information community.
Watch a video about the Microsoft Word Chemical Add-In:
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If lead-lag systems still puzzle you, or you need a quick refresher on the subject, check out the latest chemical engineering tutorial in the Learn ChemE series.
This tutorial introduces lead lag systems, with a particular focus on first-order systems. The tutorial was made by faculty at Lafayette College and, like the entire Learn ChemE series, produced by the University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.
If you're looking for help with other process control subjects, be sure to peruse the latest titles in the series' playlist of process control tutorials.
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