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Optimizing Control of Simulated Moving Beds - Linear Isotherm


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

Journal of Chromatography A, vol. 1033, no. 2, pp. 229-239

A new optimization based adaptive control strategy for Simulated Moving Beds is proposed. A linearized reduced order model, which accounts for the periodic nature of the SMB process, is used for online optimization and control. The manipulated variables are the four inlet flow rates, the outputs are the raffinate and extract concentrations. Concentration measurements at the raffinate and extract outlets are used as the feedback information. The state estimate from the periodic Kalman filter is used for the prediction of the outlet concentrations over a chosen horizon. Predicted outlet concentrations are the basis for the calculation of the optimal input adjustments, which maximize the productivity and minimize the desorbent consumption subject to constraints on product purities. The realization of this concept is discussed and the implementation on a virtual eight column SMB platform is assessed, in the case of binary linear systems. For a whole series of typical plant disturbances it is shown that the proposed approach is effective in minimizing off-spec products and in achieving optimal SMB operation, also in the case where there are significant model uncertainties.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@Article { AbeEtal:2004:IFA_73,
    author={S. Abel and G. Erdem and M. Mazzotti and M. Morari and M. Morbidelli},
    title={{Optimizing Control of Simulated Moving Beds - Linear
    journal={Journal of Chromatography A},
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