Real-time optimization when plant and model have different sets of inputs

Sean Costello, Gregory François, Dominique Bonvin

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Abstract / Description of output

Model-based optimization is an increasingly popular way of determining the values of the degrees of freedom for a process. The drawback is that the available model is often inaccurate. An iterative set-point optimization method called "modifier adaptation" overcomes this obstacle by incorporating process measurements into the optimization framework. We extend this technique to optimization problems where the model inputs do not correspond to the plant inputs. Using the example of an incineration plant, we argue that this occurs in practice when a complex process cannot be fully modeled and the missing part encompasses additional degrees of freedom. This paper shows that the modifier-adaptation scheme can be modified accordingly. This extension makes modifier adaptation much more flexible and applicable, as a wider class of models can be used. The proposed method is illustrated through a simulated CSTR example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Modifier adaptation
  • Optimality
  • Plant-model mismatch
  • Real-time optimization


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