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Advanced Process Control

4 days IR/PRCONT
Level
Advanced
Audience
  • Engineers and technical staff involved in the improvement of a plant process control.
Purpose
  • This course provides an overview of advanced technologies used to improve process control quality and efficiency.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • get a tool box with several APC technologies.
  • select one of these technologies according to process challenges.
  • estimate cost and benefit of APC (Advanced Process Control) implementation.
Prerequisite
  • Basic knowledge in instrumentation & process control.
Ways and means
  • Case studies.
  • Use of a process simulator.

CONVENTIONAL CONTROL LIMITATIONS 1 day
  • Controlled, manipulated and anticipation variables.
  • Step test. Transfer function.
  • Performance criteria of a single control loop.
  • Cascade and feed-forward control benefits.
  • Tuning and limitation of PID controllers.
  • Applications:
  • PID controller tuning on process simulator.
  • Debutanizer control improvements.
PREDICTIVE CONTROL: IMPROVE QUALITY OF PRODUCTS 1 day
  • Inferential Control - Data Validation and Reconciliation (DVR).
  • Model Predictive Control (MPC).
  • Non Linear Control - Neural networks.
  • Application: cases studies of typical usage in refining process.
MULTIVARIABLE CONTROL: IMPROVE PROCESS EFFICIENCY 1 day
  • Multivariable Control - Dynamic Matrix Control (DMC).
  • Real Time Optimizer (RTO).
  • Examples of Architecture and project implementation.
  • Application: decoupled controllers studied on process simulator.
APC PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1 day
  • APC Project cost & benefit.
  • APC Software & Hardware specification.
  • Definition of project milestones.
  • Application: APC project Front End Engineering Design.