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Offset-free inferential feedback control of distillation compositions based on PCR and PLS models

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An offset-free inferential feedback control strategy for distillation composition control using principal component regression (PCR) and partial least squares (PLS) models is presented in this paper. PCR and PLS model based software sensors are developed from process operational data so that the top and bottom product compositions can be estimated from multiple tray temperature measurements. The PCR and PLS software sensors are then used in the feedback control of the top and bottom product compositions. With this strategy the problem of substantial time delay in composition analyzer based control and of substantial bias in single tray temperature control can be overcome. A practically very important issue in software sensor based feedback control is that static control offsets often exist due to a static estimation bias, especially when the process operating condition changes. A technique for eliminating the static estimation bias and the resulting static control offsets through mean updating of process measurements is proposed in this paper. Applications to a simulated methanol-water separation column demonstrate the effectiveness of this control strategy. © 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zhang J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering and Technology

Year: 2006

Volume: 29

Issue: 5

Pages: 560-566

ISSN (print): 0930-7516

ISSN (electronic): 1521-4125

Publisher: Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA


DOI: 10.1002/ceat.200500259


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