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Optimizing control of simulated moving beds - experimental implementation


S. Abel, G. Erdem, M. Amanullah, M. Morari, M. Mazzotti, M. Morbidelli

Journal of Chromatography A, vol. 1092, pp. 2 - 16

The operation of simulated moving beds (SMBs) at their optimal operating conditions is difficult and not robust. Therefore, it is common practice to operate SMB units far from their economic optimum in order to tolerate uncertainties in the system and minimize the effect of disturbances. Recently, we have proposed an on-line optimization based SMB control scheme that allows to exploit the full economic potential of SMB technology. The goal of this work is two-fold. Firstly, to experimentally evaluate and demonstrate the capability of the controller to optimize and operate the SMB units, thus delivering the products with maximum productivity and minimum solvent consumption. Secondly, to show the suitability of the controller even using a minimum of system information, thus making the detailed isotherm measurements redundant and saving time in the separation design phase. This paper reports and discusses the first experimental implementation of the control concept on a high purity separation of nucleosides (uridine, guanosine) with an eight-column four-section SMB where the species to be separated are retained on the source 30RPC stationary phase according to a linear isotherm. 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@Article { AbeEtal:2005:IFA_2234,
    author={S. Abel and G. Erdem and M. Amanullah and M. Morari and M. Mazzotti and M.
    title={{Optimizing control of simulated moving beds - experimental
    journal={Journal of Chromatography A},
    pages={2 -- 16},
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