Group for Research in Decision Analysis

On line optimization and control of chemical and biochemical processes

Michel Perrier Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

A central problem in chemical and biochemical engineering is to optimize the operation of a plant while maintaining stability. The implementation of optimization and control strategies is a highly hierarchical procedure addressing control of basic variables, set-point generation to optimize the individual processes and the whole plant, and in certain cases up to the corporate level.

A summary of the main tools and approaches actually used in industry together with the main research activities and problems will be presented. Specific examples of problems studied in our group related to chemical reactors and in particular to biochemical reactors will also be discussed.