Process Modeling, Simulation, and Control for Chemical Engineers
Author : William L. Luyben
Year : 2006
In the area of process control, new methods of analysis and synthesis of control systems have been developed and need to be added to the process control engineer’s bag of practical methods. The driving force for much of this development was the drastic increase in energy costs in the 1970s. This led to major redesigns of many new and old processes, using energy integration and more complex processing schemes. The resulting plants are more interconnected. This increases control loop interactions and expands the dimension of control problems. There are many important processes in which three, four, or even more control loops interact.
As a result, there has been a lot of research activity in multivariable control, both in academia and in industry. Some practical, useful tools have been developed to design control systems for these multivariable processes. The second edition includes a fairly comprehensive discussion of what I feel are the useful techniques for controlling multivariable processes.
Another significant change over the last decade has been the dramatic increase in the computational power readily available to engineers. Most calculations can be performed on personal computers that have computational horsepower equal to that provided only by mainframes a few years ago. This means that engineers can now routinely use more rigorous methods of analysis and synthesis. The second edition includes more computer programs. All are suitable for execution on a personal computer.