Modeling and control of a novel heat exchange reactor, the Open Plate Reactor

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A new chemical reactor, the Open Plate Reactor, is being developed by Alfa Laval AB. It combines good mixing with high heat transfer capacity into one operation. With the new concept, highly exothermic reactions can be produced using more concentrated reactants. A nonlinear model of the reactor is derived and a control system is developed. For temperature control a cooling system is designed and experimentally verified, which uses a mid-ranging control structure to increase the operating range of the hydraulic equipment. A Model Predictive Controller is proposed to maximize the conversion under hard input and state constraints. An extended Kalman filter is designed to estimate unmeasured concentrations and parameters. Simulations show that the designed control system gives high conversion and ensures that the temperature inside the reactor does not exceed a pre-defined safety limit. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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TidskriftControl Engineering Practice
Utgåva nummer7
StatusPublished - 2007
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