(177e) Towards Optimal and Sustainable Operation of Separation Processes: The Computational Approach
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 1:46pm to 2:05pm
Along this line, in this work we focus on the development of advanced control strategies for a semi-continuous, chromatographic separation process  aiming to increase both product purity and yield. In this framework we examine a highly nonlinear, periodic system and we design novel control strategies to ensure that optimal operation is maintained. The controllers are designed and tested following our recently presented PAROC framework that comprises four steps: (i) development of a high-fidelity process model, (ii) approximation of the complex, process model, (iii) design of a multi-parametric controller and (iv) â??closed-loopâ??, in-silico validation of the controller against the process model. The controllers are tested in-silico against the high-fidelity process model and demonstrate an overall satisfactory performance, tracking the predefined setpoints and providing input profiles of reduced utility consumption. In addition, the proposed control scheme accounts for variable feeding composition, thus enabling the downstream processing to operate independently from the mixture composition resulting from the upstream.
The authors would like to thank Mr R. Oberdieck and Miss A. Quiroga-Campano for their contribution in the assessment of the controller validation. The authors would also like to thank Mr. Fabian Steinebach & Prof. M. Morbidelli from ETH Zurich, as well as Dr. Thomas Mueller-Spaeth from ChomaCon AG for their valuable input on the understanding of the MCSGP process. Financial support from the European Commission (OPTICO/G.A. No.280813) & Texas A&M University are also gratefully acknowledged.
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