Integrated Process Design and Control: A Review of the Current State-of-the-Art and Research Challenges

  • Alexios-Spyridon Kyriakides
  • Theodoros Zarogiannis
  • Panos Seferlis

Abstract

In chemical and energy conversion processes, the achievable dynamic performance cannot be improved unless design limitations are waived, despite the employment of sophisticated control strategies. It is therefore, quite important to incorporate process operability as an additional criterion during process design in order to ensure the achievable of the desirable dynamic performance. The two main purposes of this survey is to concisely present, classify, and eventually assess the current state-of-art technologies towards the integration of process design and control and further outline the outstanding research challenges in the field. Ideally, the simultaneous calculation of the process and the control system design variables within a holistic framework appears as the most efficient approach. Decomposition strategies facilitate the solution of the highly complex problem. The available technologies can be classified based on their features in the decision, process and uncertainty description, and solution technique levels. Several challenges remain in utilizing engineering knowledge and hierarchical design methods in defining a reasonable design space and the smart decomposition of the resulting complex and difficult to solve optimisation problems. Heat and mass integration as well as intensified processes add to the complexity of the process system by increasing interactions and interdependencies among various process subsystems, which eventually make the integrated design and control absolutely necessary.
Published
2017-09-01
How to Cite
Kyriakides A.-S., Zarogiannis T., Seferlis P., 2017, Integrated Process Design and Control: A Review of the Current State-of-the-Art and Research Challenges , Chemical Engineering Transactions, 61, 1417-1422.