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Artificial Intelligence techniques applied as estimator in chemical process systems - A literature survey

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The versatility of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in process systems is not restricted to modelling and control only, but also as estimators to estimate the unmeasured parameters as an alternative to the conventional observers and hardware sensors. These estimators, also known as software sensors have been successfully applied in many chemical process systems such as reactors, distillation columns, and heat exchanger due to their robustness, simple formulation, adaptation capabilities and minimum modelling requirements for the design. However, the various types of AI methods available make it difficult to decide on the most suitable algorithm to be applied for any particular system. Hence, in this paper, we provide a broad literature survey of several AI algorithms implemented as estimators in chemical systems together with their advantages, limitations, practical implications and comparisons between one another to guide researchers in selecting and designing the AI-based estimators. Future research suggestions and directions in improvising and extending the usage of these estimators in various chemical operating units are also presented.

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Author(s): Ali JM, Hussain MA, Tade MO, Zhang J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Expert Systems With Applications

Year: 2015

Volume: 42

Issue: 14

Pages: 5915-5931

Print publication date: 15/08/2015

Online publication date: 04/04/2015

Acceptance date: 26/03/2015

ISSN (print): 0957-4174

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6793

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2015.03.023


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UM.C/HIR/MOHE/ENG/25Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia
UM.C/HIR/MOHE/ENG/25University of Malaya