Title: SolACE: An Open Source Package for Nolinear Model Predictive Control and State Estimation for (Bio)Chemical Processes
Authors: Bhonsale, Satyajeet
Vallerio, Mattia
Telen, Dries
Vercammen, Dominique
Logist, Filip
Van Impe, Jan # ×
Issue Date: 2016
Host Document: 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering pages:1971-1976
Conference: European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering edition:26 location:Portoroz, Slovenia. date:June 12th - 15th, 2016
Article number: 682
Abstract: In spite of the wide spread use of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) in large chemical
companies, the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) remain oblivious of its potential mostly due
to the large investment costs and in-house expertise required. This paper presents an open source
python based simulation environment - SolACE, which can aid SMEs in realizing the full potential
of the advanced control techniques. The syntax to introduce the controller and plant models is
straightforward, enabling even non-experts to easily formulate the control (and estimation) problems.
With the developed package, SMEs can consider the implementation of NMPC on their
processes without any overlaying costs or large technical know-how. From a research perspective,
the current package can be used as a building block to develop toolkits for advanced control
strategies like robust or economic NMPC. It also provides researchers a way to test various models
in an NMPC framework without the hustle of having to write the discretization and optimization
routines themselves.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC, Technology Campuses Ghent and Aalst
Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC
UC Limburg - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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