Neural-Wiener-based Model Predictive Control (NWMPC) for Methyl Tert-butyl Ether Catalytic Distillation

Sudibyo, Sudibyo and Murat , Muhamad Nazri and Aziz, Norashid (2015) Neural-Wiener-based Model Predictive Control (NWMPC) for Methyl Tert-butyl Ether Catalytic Distillation. Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, 11. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1823-4690

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The reactive distillation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) involves strong interactions between variables and is a highly nonlinear process. Here, a nonlinear model predictive control (MPC) was proposed to tackle the nonlinearity and the interaction involved in controlling the tray temperature in MTBE reactive distillation. To improve the performance of the MPC, an advanced nonlinear block-oriented model known as the neural Wiener model was employed. The control study was successfully simulated using Simulink (Matlab), which is integrated with the Aspen dynamic model. Set-point tracking, disturbance rejection and robustness tests were conducted to evaluate the neural-Wiener-based MPC (NWMPC) performance. The results achieved show that the NWMPC is able to maintain the product purity at its set-point of 99%, with isobutene conversion exceeding 99.98%. NWMPC is also able to reject disturbances, as shown in disturbance rejection study performed by changing the feed flowrate to 30% of the nominal value. This controller is also very robust and thus able to control the MTBE reactive distillation, even when the column efficiency was reduced to 80%.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA1-2040 Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM Press) > Journal of Engineering Science
Depositing User: Mr Firdaus Mohamad
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 01:24
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 01:24

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