Robust controller design for batch polymerization reactors

T. Yumoto, T. Ohtani, Hiromitsu Ohmori, A. Sano

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This paper discusses several robust controller design methods for the batch polymerization reactors. The dynamic characteristics of batch polymerization reactors considerably change according to the progress of reaction because the reactors have strong nonlinearity. The reactor models have parameter uncertainty. On the other hand, both reactor temperature control and polymer quality control are important specifications for batch polymerization. In this paper we propose robust controllers which are designed to satisfy the above specifications. The controllers are composed of a feedforward controller based on a nonlinear process model and a H feedback controller based on linearized models along optimal trajectories. Moreover, the H controller is designed to be robust to the dynamics change caused by both nonlinearity and parameter uncertainty. The effectiveness of our control strategy is illustrated by simulation study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the American Control Conference
PublisherAmerican Automatic Control Council
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1994 American Control Conference. Part 1 (of 3) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: 1994 Jun 291994 Jul 1


OtherProceedings of the 1994 American Control Conference. Part 1 (of 3)
CityBaltimore, MD, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Yumoto, T., Ohtani, T., Ohmori, H., & Sano, A. (1994). Robust controller design for batch polymerization reactors. In Proceedings of the American Control Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 2322-2326). American Automatic Control Council.