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Murdoch engineering pilot plant: Modelling and control design of the three heated tanks

Al Kahali, Dawood (2017) Murdoch engineering pilot plant: Modelling and control design of the three heated tanks. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Process control and performance analysis are the key features of any industry. This report provides an analysis and evaluation of several methods for introducing conventional and advanced control schemes to an existing production plant for Murdoch Chemicals Ltd. The existing production plant is comprised of three heated tanks and one dye tank.

The aim of this simulation project is to study the behaviour of the system and design of different conventional and advanced controllers for the system. By performing mass, component and energy balances, the steady state system was represented by a set of first order differential equations and evaluated using MATLAB. Suitable performance measures are then implemented to evaluate the performance of a control system in relation to error analysis and disturbance rejection.

All of the project objectives have been achieved successfully. The GMC is the best implementation on the heated tank system given that the control values can cope up the limits of the manipulated variables changes.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Bahri, Parisa
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