Integrated design and control of plantwide systems coupling exothermic and endothermic reactions

Pietro Altimari, Costin Sorin Bildea

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The problem of integrated design and control of plantwide systems coupling endothermic and exothermic reactions is addressed. Processes simultaneously carrying on the endothermic first-order reaction A → R + Q and the exothermic second-order reaction B + Q → P are considered. As the physical properties of the species involved vary, possible flowsheets are identified and feasible control strategies are suggested. Multiple steady states are detected at fixed values of the plantwide-control variables. Singularity theory is exploited to divide the space of reactor-design parameters into regions characterized by qualitatively different solution diagrams. The implications of the observed behaviour on plant controllability are thoroughly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-923
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2009



  • Control
  • Design
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Reaction coupling
  • Recycle systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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