OPTIMAL CONTROL OF DISTRIBUTED PARAMETER CHEMICAL REACTORS.
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON ILL INFORMATION-PROCESSING AND CONTROL SYSTEMS LAB
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The synthesis of optimal control of distributed parameter processes governed by a system of simultaneous partial differential equations of the first-order in two independent and n dependent variables is considered. The theory on necessary conditions for optimal control, the computational algorithm based on the first-order variations, and the method of characteristics are applied to the optimal control of a plug-flow tubular reactor with non-linear chemical kinetics. Optimal response to oscillatory feed disturbances is also investigated. In some cases it may be desirable to operate under intentionally oscillatory input conditions. Extensive numerical computations are presented. Author
- Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing