Adaptive dynamic matrix control for a multivariable training plant.
Guiamba, Isabel Remigio Ferrao.
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Dynamic Matrix Control (DMC) has proven to be a powerful tool for optimal regulation of chemical processes under constrained conditions. The internal model of this predictive controller is based on step response measurements at an average operating point. As the process moves away from this point, however, control becomes sub-optimal due to process non-linearity. If DMC is made adaptive, it can be expected to perform well even in the presence of uncertainties, non-linearities and time-vary ing process parameters. This project examines modelling and control issues for a complex multivariable industrial operator training plant, and develops and applies a method for adapting the controller on-line to account for non-linearity. A two-input/two-output sub-system of the Training Plant was considered. A special technique had to be developed to deal with the integrating nature of this system - that is, its production of ramp outputs for step inputs. The project included the commissioning of the process equipment and the addition of instrumentation and interfacing to a SCADA system which has been developed in the School of Chemical Engineering.