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Figure 1. The typical frequency ranges from once for process design to a minute by minute cycle for model predictive control. Sharing information between layers is a key to synergies for model development and refinement over the lifecycle of the process. APMonitor facilitates the sharing of information by providing a common simulation environment.
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Figure 1. The typical frequency ranges from once for process design to a minute by minute cycle for model predictive control. Sharing information between layers is a key to synergies for model development and refinement over the lifecycle of the process. APMonitor facilitates the sharing of information by providing a common simulation environment.

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(:title Background on Process Systems Engineering:) (:keywords nonlinear, model, predictive control, APMonitor, differential, algebraic, modeling language:) (:description Simulation, optimization, estimation, and control with APMonitor:)

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The areas of simulation, estimation, control, and optimization are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

  • APMonitor Strengths
    • modeling system for simulation, optimization, and control
    • solution of differential and algebraic (DAE) equations
    • efficient for large-scale systems
    • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
    • real-time optimization and control
  • APMonitor Areas Under Development
    • solution of integral or PDE systems
    • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization
    • information management systems and data bases
    • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for the lifecycle of a process from an initial process design to a minute to minute cycles of model predictive control.

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The areas of simulation, estimation, control, and optimization are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently.

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Optimization with APMonitor

There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can accomplish. Below are some of the key strengths of APMonitor:

  • APMonitor Strengths
    • modeling system for simulation, optimization, and control
    • solution of differential and algebraic (DAE) equations
    • efficient for large-scale systems
    • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
    • real-time optimization and control
  • APMonitor Areas Under Development
    • solution of integral or PDE systems
    • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization
    • information management systems and data bases
    • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for the lifecycle of a process from an initial process design to a minute to minute cycles of model predictive control.

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  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
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  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
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To complement the role of process design and synthesis, research in process operations seeks to improve existing operating processes. Through the development of strategies and analysis tools, improvements can be found through on-line optimization of a process, scheduling of operating strategies, changeovers and interactions between different processes, and overall planning of product productions to meet market demands. The research tasks involved in this task take the following categories.

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Improvements can be found through on-line optimization of a process, scheduling of operating strategies, changeovers and interactions between different processes, and overall planning of product productions to meet market demands.

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With short term (e.g., hourly) changes in feedstock and product demands, the availability of detailed process models and powerful optimization tools, it is now possible to optimize steady state models on-line and to readjust the setpoints of the control system. This leads to processes that can adapt to daily fluctuations in inputs and uncertainties. These can therefore lead too much higher profits. The current challenge is to deal with dynamic models in addition to steady state cases and also to provide a tighter coupling to the process control system.

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With changes in pricing structures or product demands it is often advantageous to optimize steady state models on-line. This leads to processes that can adapt to daily fluctuations in inputs and uncertainties. The current challenge is to deal with dynamic models in addition to steady state cases and also to provide a tighter coupling to the process control system.

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Scheduling of batch and continuous processes can have a major impact on the overall profitability of a process, as well as on the timely delivery of products. Major problems include sequencing, scheduling of equipment utilization and maintenance over a planning horizon, and inventory considerations of a process. Such problems form perhaps difficult combinatorial optimization problems but also contribute to high payoffs. Moreover, the results of this task have a major impact on the local operation of the process, and strong interactions exist between the scheduling, design and operation of the process.

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Scheduling of batch and continuous processes can have a major impact on the overall profitability of a process, as well as on the timely delivery of products. Major problems include sequencing, scheduling of equipment utilization and maintenance over a planning horizon, and inventory considerations of a process. Such problems may pose difficult combinatorial optimization problems but also contribute to high payoffs. Moreover, the results of this task have a major impact on the local operation of the process, and strong interactions exist between the scheduling, design and operation of the process.

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Figure: Typical Frequency of Simulation, Control, and Optimization
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Figure 1. The typical frequency ranges from once for process design to a minute by minute cycle for model predictive control. Sharing information between layers is a key to synergies for model development and refinement over the lifecycle of the process. APMonitor facilitates the sharing of information by providing a common simulation environment.
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Estimation is the allignment of a process model with actual process measurements. This can be accomplished by adjusting model parameters or current state estimates. For linear models, the Kalman filter is a popular choice because of low computational requirements and ease of implementation. Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE), on the other hand, is an optimization approach that better handles problems with

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Estimation is the allignment of a process model with actual process measurements. This can be accomplished by adjusting model parameters or current state estimates. For linear models, the Kalman filter is a popular choice because of low computational requirements and ease of implementation. Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE), on the other hand, is an optimization approach that better handles problems with:

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Frequency of Process System Activities
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Figure: Typical Frequency of Simulation, Control, and Optimization
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Frequency of Process System Activities
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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for the lifecycle of a process.

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for the lifecycle of a process from an initial process design to a minute to minute cycles of model predictive control.

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for the lifecycle of a process.

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Results of the estimation may also include a probability distribution of the current process state.

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Results of the estimation may also include a probability distribution of the current process state. This distribution may be in the form of a single statistical figure or as a population of probable outcomes.

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Integration Of Simulation, Optimization, and Control

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Background on Process Systems Engineering

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The areas of simulation, control, and optimization are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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The areas of simulation, estimation, control, and optimization are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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Estimation

Estimation is the allignment of a process model with actual process measurements. This can be accomplished by adjusting model parameters or current state estimates. For linear models, the Kalman filter is a popular choice because of low computational requirements and ease of implementation. Moving Horizon Estimation (MHE), on the other hand, is an optimization approach that better handles problems with

  • Constraints
  • Nonlinear Models
  • Infrequent Measurements
  • Explicit Measurement Ranking
  • Statistically Insignificant Noise and Outliers

Results of the estimation may also include a probability distribution of the current process state.

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Nonlinear Control

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Nonlinear Control (NLC)

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The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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The areas of simulation, control, and optimization are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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Process Simulation

Challenges in process simulation include the incorporation of more difficult and detailed process models. These include modeling of process dynamics as well as steady state, incorporation of transport models for separation, the simulation of highly nonideal systems with multiple phases, and the development of rigorous, first principle reactor models. These models require simulators to evolve from modeling and solving algebraic systems of equations to differential algebraic models and also to consider PDEs. In addition, the availability and application of optimization methods has led to a powerful extension of simulation tools.

Design under uncertainty

Over the life cycle of the process, input conditions and product demands change, feedstock and product specifications may vary and the process will be subject to short and long term uncertainties. Moreover, process models are also subject to uncertainty. The challenge therefore is to develop a design that is tolerant to levels of uncertainty and exhibits a profitable expected performance. An important case is also the one of processes under multiperiod operation that are subjected to a finite number of process variations.

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Control

Process control has evolved into a strong discipline in process systems engineering. Traditionally this has been characterized by single loop PID controllers with incremental advances that lead to advanced elements in the control system. More recently, concepts from optimization, mathematical analysis and nonlinear dynamics have played important roles in developing more efficient and superior control strategies.

Model Predictive Control (MPC)

Developed in the late 70s, MPC has shown significant advantages over structured PID control loops and has become the most widely used multivariable control strategy in industry. This approach is a generic strategy applied to large classes of unit operations, but was developed only with linear process models (usually derived empirically). Only recently have theoretical properties of these controllers been developed. Moreover, the discovery of many interesting properties for control and identification has led to direct results in tuning and design of these control systems in industry.

Nonlinear Control

All processes are nonlinear and in many cases, linear model-based controllers are no longer satisfactory. To deal with this, geometric linearization strategies have been developed and lead to powerful insights in the design of control structures. Moreover, model predictive control can also be extended directly to deal with nonlinear dynamic models. Again, properties relating to the stability, robustness and performance of these controllers still need to be explored. Also, industry has had significant successes with these controllers on batch and semi-continuous processes.


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On-line Optimization

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On-line Optimization (Hourly/Daily)

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Process Scheduling

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Process Scheduling (Weekly)

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Planning and Supply Chain Management

Production planning and supply chain management provide the decision support systems for the logistics in the long range operation of networks of plants, and their coordination with marketing and business considerations. These problems give rise to very large multiperiod optimization problems where a major challenge lies in the effective aggregation of more detailed scheduling and operational models.


Control

Process control has evolved into a strong discipline in process systems engineering. Traditionally this has been characterized by single loop PID controllers with incremental advances that lead to advanced elements in the control system. More recently, concepts from optimization, mathematical analysis and nonlinear dynamics have played important roles in developing more efficient and superior control strategies. Areas of research can be classified as follows:

Model Predictive Control (MPC)

Developed in the late 70s, MPC has shown significant advantages over structured PID control loops and has become the most widely used multivariable control strategy in industry. This approach is a generic strategy applied to large classes of unit operations, but was developed only with linear process models (usually derived empirically). Only recently have theoretical properties of these controllers been developed. Moreover, the discovery of many interesting properties for control and identification has led to direct results in tuning and design of these control systems in industry.

Nonlinear Control

All processes are nonlinear and in many cases, linear model-based controllers are no longer satisfactory. To deal with this, geometric linearization strategies have been developed and lead to powerful insights in the design of control structures. Moreover, model predictive control can also be extended directly to deal with nonlinear dynamic models. Again, properties relating to the stability, robustness and performance of these controllers still need to be explored. Also, industry has had significant successes with these controllers on batch and semi-continuous processes.

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Planning and Supply Chain Management (Yearly)

Production planning and supply chain management provide the decision support systems for the logistics in the long range operation of networks of plants, and their coordination with marketing and business considerations. These problems give rise to very large multiperiod optimization problems where a major challenge lies in the effective aggregation of more detailed scheduling and operational models.

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The creation, evaluation and optimization of a chemical process is the central task in process systems engineering. In industry, the goal has been reduction of the design time as well as the development of better designs that incorporate life cycle features of the process. These features include, of course, a highly profitable and competitive process, as well as a process that is easy to control and operate. Moreover, it must be environmentally benign and safe.

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The objective of process simulation is to create a virtual process that can be investigated or manipulated to give desirable results. Some common objectives of simulation activities are:

  • development of better designs that incorporate life cycle features of the process
  • reduction of design time and engineering effort
  • maximize profitability while observing environmental constraints
  • ease of control and operation

Because process parameters are rarely exactly known, the design under uncertainty gives a method to address probabilities. While process simulation often provides an single answer, design under uncertainty provides aides in decision making with imperfect information.

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Typically the bread and butter of industrial designs, this task deals with the analysis of a given process. Challenges in process simulation include the incorporation of more difficult and detailed process models. These include modeling of process dynamics as well as steady state, incorporation of transport models for separation, the simulation of highly nonideal systems with multiple phases, and the development of rigorous, first principle reactor models. These models require simulators to evolve from modeling and solving algebraic systems of equations to differential algebraic models and also to consider PDEs. In addition, the availability and application of optimization methods has led to a powerful extension of simulation tools.

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Challenges in process simulation include the incorporation of more difficult and detailed process models. These include modeling of process dynamics as well as steady state, incorporation of transport models for separation, the simulation of highly nonideal systems with multiple phases, and the development of rigorous, first principle reactor models. These models require simulators to evolve from modeling and solving algebraic systems of equations to differential algebraic models and also to consider PDEs. In addition, the availability and application of optimization methods has led to a powerful extension of simulation tools.

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The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process modeling. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process models. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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Process Design and Simulation

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Simulation

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities may change with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities will expand with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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Process Design

The creation, evaluation and optimization of a chemical process is the central task in process systems engineering. In industry, the goal has been reduction of the design time as well as the development of better designs that incorporate life cycle features of the process. These features include, of course, a highly profitable and competitive process, as well as a process that is easy to control and operate. Moreover, it must be environmentally benign and safe. The research tasks involved in this task take the following categories:

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Process Design and Simulation

The creation, evaluation and optimization of a chemical process is the central task in process systems engineering. In industry, the goal has been reduction of the design time as well as the development of better designs that incorporate life cycle features of the process. These features include, of course, a highly profitable and competitive process, as well as a process that is easy to control and operate. Moreover, it must be environmentally benign and safe.

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Optimization

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Flexibility and Operability

This task is devoted to the development quantitative measures of process flexibility as well as strategies that improve these measures for chemical processes. Here improvements in both design and operation can be considered to increase the process' tolerance to uncertainty. This also allows the process to deal with a wider range of operations and production scenarios. The formulation of flexibility problems, either in terms of deterministic or stochastic measures, leads to large, complex optimization problems and with challenges for the application on realistic processes.

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  • solution of integral or PDE systems
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The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process modeling. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish. Many of these tools are the subject of active research and development efforts. These include

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The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process modeling. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish.

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  1. modeling systems for simulation, optimization, and control
  2. algorithms for differential and algebraic (DAE) equations
  3. algorithms for integral or PDE systems
  4. algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  5. algorithms for global and stochastic optimization
  6. information management systems and data bases
  7. advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models (items 1 & 2). The APMonitor software does not attempt to solve problems in the areas 3-7. While these capabilities may change with future development efforts, there are likely better software tools for these activities. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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  • APMonitor Strengths
    • modeling system for simulation, optimization, and control
    • solution of differential and algebraic (DAE) equations
    • efficient for large-scale systems
    • real-time optimization and control
  • APMonitor Areas Under Development
    • algorithms for integral or PDE systems
    • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
    • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization
    • information management systems and data bases
    • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models. The capabilities may change with future development effort. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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Integration Of Design, Operations, and Control

The ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, operations, and control. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.

Tools For Process Systems Engineering

All the above areas in process systems engineering are supported by a large number of tools and algorithms which are the subject of active research efforts. These include

  • modeling systems for simulation, optimization, and control
  • algorithms for algebraic/differential equations and integral/PDE systems
  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization; information management systems and data bases
  • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation models.

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Integration Of Simulation, Optimization, and Control

The areas of simulation, optimization, and control are naturally synergistic because of their reliance on process modeling. One key to integrating these activities is the development of software tools that can solve large-scale, complex models efficiently. There are many tools for process system engineering, so it is important to differentiate what a software tool can and cannot accomplish. Many of these tools are the subject of active research and development efforts. These include

  1. modeling systems for simulation, optimization, and control
  2. algorithms for differential and algebraic (DAE) equations
  3. algorithms for integral or PDE systems
  4. algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  5. algorithms for global and stochastic optimization
  6. information management systems and data bases
  7. advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation (DAE) models (items 1 & 2). The APMonitor software does not attempt to solve problems in the areas 3-7. While these capabilities may change with future development efforts, there are likely better software tools for these activities. For models of large-scale DAE systems, APMonitor is an efficient and user-friendly software tool for industry or academia.

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The APMonitor software is a simulation, optimization, and control environment for differential and algebraic equation models.

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Integration Of Design, Operations, and Control

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Process Design And Synthesis

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Integration Of Design, Control And Operations

The ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, operations, and control. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.

Tools For Process Systems Engineering

All the above areas in process systems engineering are supported by a large number of tools and algorithms which are the subject of active research efforts. These include

  • modeling systems for simulation, optimization, and control
  • algorithms for algebraic/differential equations and integral/PDE systems
  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization; information management systems and data bases
  • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

Process Design

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Operations

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Integration Of Design, Control And Operations

Finally, the ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, control and operations. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.

Supporting Tools And Methods For Process Systems Engineering

All the above areas in process systems engineering are supported by a large number of tools and algorithms which are the subject of active research efforts. These include

  • modeling systems for simulation, optimization and control
  • algorithms for algebraic/differential equations and integral/PDE systems
  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization; information management systems and data bases
  • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation

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  • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation
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Process Operations

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Process Control

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Integration Of Design, Control And Operations

Finally, the ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, control and operations. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.

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Supporting Tools And Methods For Process Systems Engineering

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Integration Of Design, Control And Operations

Finally, the ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, control and operations. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.

Supporting Tools And Methods For Process Systems Engineering

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Process Design And Synthesis

The creation, evaluation and optimization of a chemical process is the central task in process systems engineering. In industry, the goal has been reduction of the design time as well as the development of better designs that incorporate life cycle features of the process. These features include, of course, a highly profitable and competitive process, as well as a process that is easy to control and operate. Moreover, it must be environmentally benign and safe. The research tasks involved in this task take the following categories:

Process Simulation

Typically the bread and butter of industrial designs, this task deals with the analysis of a given process. Challenges in process simulation include the incorporation of more difficult and detailed process models. These include modeling of process dynamics as well as steady state, incorporation of transport models for separation, the simulation of highly nonideal systems with multiple phases, and the development of rigorous, first principle reactor models. These models require simulators to evolve from modeling and solving algebraic systems of equations to differential algebraic models and also to consider PDEs. In addition, the availability and application of optimization methods has led to a powerful extension of simulation tools.

Design under uncertainty

Over the life cycle of the process, input conditions and product demands change, feedstock and product specifications may vary and the process will be subject to short and long term uncertainties. Moreover, process models are also subject to uncertainty. The challenge therefore is to develop a design that is tolerant to levels of uncertainty and exhibits a profitable expected performance. An important case is also the one of processes under multiperiod operation that are subjected to a finite number of process variations.


Process Operations

To complement the role of process design and synthesis, research in process operations seeks to improve existing operating processes. Through the development of strategies and analysis tools, improvements can be found through on-line optimization of a process, scheduling of operating strategies, changeovers and interactions between different processes, and overall planning of product productions to meet market demands. The research tasks involved in this task take the following categories.

Flexibility and Operability

This task is devoted to the development quantitative measures of process flexibility as well as strategies that improve these measures for chemical processes. Here improvements in both design and operation can be considered to increase the process' tolerance to uncertainty. This also allows the process to deal with a wider range of operations and production scenarios. The formulation of flexibility problems, either in terms of deterministic or stochastic measures, leads to large, complex optimization problems and with challenges for the application on realistic processes.

On-line Optimization

With short term (e.g., hourly) changes in feedstock and product demands, the availability of detailed process models and powerful optimization tools, it is now possible to optimize steady state models on-line and to readjust the setpoints of the control system. This leads to processes that can adapt to daily fluctuations in inputs and uncertainties. These can therefore lead too much higher profits. The current challenge is to deal with dynamic models in addition to steady state cases and also to provide a tighter coupling to the process control system.

Process Scheduling

Scheduling of batch and continuous processes can have a major impact on the overall profitability of a process, as well as on the timely delivery of products. Major problems include sequencing, scheduling of equipment utilization and maintenance over a planning horizon, and inventory considerations of a process. Such problems form perhaps difficult combinatorial optimization problems but also contribute to high payoffs. Moreover, the results of this task have a major impact on the local operation of the process, and strong interactions exist between the scheduling, design and operation of the process.

Planning and Supply Chain Management

Production planning and supply chain management provide the decision support systems for the logistics in the long range operation of networks of plants, and their coordination with marketing and business considerations. These problems give rise to very large multiperiod optimization problems where a major challenge lies in the effective aggregation of more detailed scheduling and operational models.


Process Control

Process control has evolved into a strong discipline in process systems engineering. Traditionally this has been characterized by single loop PID controllers with incremental advances that lead to advanced elements in the control system. More recently, concepts from optimization, mathematical analysis and nonlinear dynamics have played important roles in developing more efficient and superior control strategies. Areas of research can be classified as follows:

Model Predictive Control (MPC)

Developed in the late 70s, MPC has shown significant advantages over structured PID control loops and has become the most widely used multivariable control strategy in industry. This approach is a generic strategy applied to large classes of unit operations, but was developed only with linear process models (usually derived empirically). Only recently have theoretical properties of these controllers been developed. Moreover, the discovery of many interesting properties for control and identification has led to direct results in tuning and design of these control systems in industry.

Nonlinear Control

All processes are nonlinear and in many cases, linear model-based controllers are no longer satisfactory. To deal with this, geometric linearization strategies have been developed and lead to powerful insights in the design of control structures. Moreover, model predictive control can also be extended directly to deal with nonlinear dynamic models. Again, properties relating to the stability, robustness and performance of these controllers still need to be explored. Also, industry has had significant successes with these controllers on batch and semi-continuous processes.

Integration Of Design, Control And Operations

Finally, the ability to develop large steady state and dynamic process models and to solve large and complex optimization problems naturally leads to problem formulations that directly consider the interactions of process design, control and operations. The results of this approach lead to powerful synergies among these tasks, better performance of the process and improvements in profitability, efficiency and environmental impact. Challenges related to this approach include the modeling of quantitative metrics for control, flexibility and operability and the solution of large optimization problems with both continuous and discrete decision variables.


Supporting Tools And Methods For Process Systems Engineering

All the above areas in process systems engineering are supported by a large number of tools and algorithms which are the subject of active research efforts. These include

  • modeling systems for simulation, optimization and control
  • algorithms for algebraic/differential equations and integral/PDE systems
  • algorithms for linear and nonlinear discrete and continuous optimization
  • algorithms for global and stochastic optimization; information management systems and data bases
  • advanced computer architectures for parallel computation.