Interaction between design and control of heat-integrated PFR

C. S. Bildea, A. C. Dimian, P. D. Iedema

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This article analyzes the interaction between design and control of a heat-integrated plugflow reactor. The space of the design parameters, feed-effluent heat-exchanger (FEHE) efficiency and steam-generator duty, is divided by bifurcation varieties into regions with different controllability properties. Close to the cusp variety, the system is sensitive to disturbances and control is as difficult. The same conclusion is valid for designs with large FEHE. Disturbances can be rejected, but fast control can not be achieved. The range of design parameters for which the system cannot be stabilized is computed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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