Process Control Challenge

Process Control Challenge Problems

updated 2018-09-20


We use simulators to test many aspects of control and automation algorithms.  Desirably, the challenge problems should be simple to understand and implement, as well, they should represent issues characteristic of the applications.  Control in the chemical process industries (CPI) has a confluence of difficulties that are different from the mechatronic test cases or the deterministic ODEs that characterize many investigations.  This article Process Control Challenge Problems 2018-09-20 discusses such issues and how to assess controller performance for the CPI.  This link Hot & Cold Mixing Process Simulator Description 2018-09-20 describes a hot and cold water mixing process that I feel is a good test case.  It has two controlled variables (total flow and mixed fluid temperature) and two manipulated variables (signals to the hot and cold valves).  And, this link Hot and Cold Mixing 2018-09-17 provides access to my water mixing simulator with user options to use either PID or a model-based controller.


I anticipate adding a pH process simulator and a fed-batch process simulator in the near future.