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Dynamics and Nonlinear Control of Integrated Process Systems by Prodromos Daoutidis, Michael Baldea

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1   Introduction

Integrated process systems, such as the one in Figure 1.1, consisting of multiple reaction and separation units, heat integrated and interconnected through material recycle streams, represent the rule rather than the exception in the modern process industries. The dynamics and control of such systems present distinct challenges: in addition to the nonlinear behavior of the individual units, the feedback interactions caused by the recycle connections typically give rise to a more complex, overall process dynamics. The use of design modifications, such as surge tanks and unit oversizing, and the choice of mild operating conditions, preventing the propagation of disturbances through the plant, initially allowed the problem of ...

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