The Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers established an open competition for scientists and engineers to use molecular simulation methods to calculate a specified set of fluid properties.

The Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), New York, established an open competition for scientists and engineers to use molecular simulation methods to calculate a specified set of fluid properties. NIST's Raymond Mountain chairs the competition committee.

The problems include the prediction of liquid densities for seven pure materials and two binary organic mixtures; the complete pressure-composition diagram for two binary mixtures of industrially relevant materials (including the composition and temperature of an azeotrope); and shear viscosities for two pure liquid materials and two binary mixtures.

Participants have until September 3, 2002, to submit their entries. The awardees will be announced during a special session at the 2002 AIChE annual meeting in Indianapolis, November 3-8, 2002.

Information about the competition and a registration form is available at www.cstl.nist.gov/fluidsimulationchallenge.