Integration of Process Design, Operation and Control
It is well known that the decisions and choices made at the process design stage effect process operation and control design. The conventional strategy, also known as the sequential approach (a), requires that first the process is designed, in most cases at steady state, and then the control strategy is developed. In order to have a process operating close to systems constraints to achieve economical gains at all times, this means that process dynamics, uncertainties, process disturbances and the resulting closed loop performance should be taken into account in the design stage. This approach is called the simultaneous approach.
Particular attention is given to enabling processes to have new operating windows/new reaction pathways. To this end, we look into the interaction of process intensification and process control and investigate new actuations mechanisms using rigorous modeling, simulation and dynamic optimization.