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Chemical Engineering


Artificial Intelligence, Variable Structure Controller, Model Based Controller, Nonlinear Process, Chemical Process


Two application applications of Fuzzy Logic to improve the performance of two controllers are presented. The first application takes a Sliding Mode Controller designed for chemical process to reject disturbances. A fuzzy element is added to the sliding surface to improve the controller performance when set point change affects the control loop; especially for process showing highly nonlinear behavior. This fuzzy element, , is calculated by means of a set of fuzzy rules designed based on expert knowledge and experience. The addition of improved the controller response because accelerate or smooth the controller as the control loop requires. The Fuzzy Sliding Mode Controller (FSMCr) is a completely general controller. The FSMCr was tested with two models of nonlinear process: mixing tank and neutralization reactor. In both cases the FSMCr improves the performance shown for other control strategies, as the industrial PID, the conventional Sliding Mode Control and the Stan

dard Fuzzy Logic Controller. The second part of this research presents a new way to implement the Dynamic Matrix Control Algorithm (DMC). A Parametric structure of DMC (PDMC) control algorithm is proposed, allowing to the controller to adapt to process nonlinearities. For a standard DMC a process model is used to calculate de controller response. This model is a matrix calculated from the dynamic response of the process at open loop. In this case the process parameters are imbibed into the matrix. The parametric structure isolates the process parameters allowing adjust the model as the nonlinear process changes its behavior. A Fuzzy supervisor was developed to detect changes in the process and send taht [sic]information to the PDMCr. The modeling error and other parameters related were used to estimate those changes. Some equations were developed to calculate the PDMCr tuning parameter,lambda, as a function of the process parameters. The performance of PDMCr was tested using to model

of nonlinear process and compare with the standard DMC; in most the cases PDMCr presents less oscillations and tracks with less error the set point. Both control strategies presented in this research can be implemented into industrial applications easily.