The economic developments of a last few decades have brought about a change in the way chemical processes and production facilities are designed and operated. During the periods of little competition and large profit margins, efficiency had been of minor importance. A process was designed so that it could be operated as a sequence of almost independent unit operations.
Modern and next generation plants, however, tend to adopt state of the art clean technologies for environmental benignity and to be highly integrated (utilizing recycle streams, energy recovery networks, etc.) to provide a more efficient utilization of natural resources. Furthermore, the pace of technological development is accelerating while process and product cycles shortening. Under this situation, the compatibility of a process totally depends on how the process is optimally designed based on state of the art process systems technologies.
This integration can make it more difficult to run and control a plant. Therefore, much interest in advanced control systems with modern control techniques has emerged. The impact of improved instrumentation and operating policies can be significant. The integration also makes the monitoring and diagnosis more difficult and the operation data analysis and the state estimation techniques based on artificial intelligence and advanced statistical techniques are becoming more crucial.
The process systems design and control laboratory (PSDC) has carried out the extensive research associated with the process design and control area since it opened at 1994. Many of the research activities are focused on the industrial projects because of the unique feature of the laboratory. This allows the graduate students to get various industrial experiences with the capability for the able process engineer. We also provide excellent research environment with a lot of high quality hardware and software including the various support programs for the graduate students to sustain competitive advantages.
- IMC based Optimal Design of Industrial Three Term Controllers
- Robust Analytical Design of Multi-loop PID Controllers
- Soft Sensor Design for Evaluating Product Quality and Process State
- Optimization Based Controller Design for Constrained Optimal Control
- Advanced Control for Thermally Coupled Distillation Process
- Process Identification and Loop Assesment
- Real-time Monitoring and Control Software Package
Optimal Design of Thermally Coupled Distillation Process Including Divided Wall Column
- Modeling and Design of Azeotropic Distillation and Hybrid Distillation Process
- Modeling of Naphtha Cracking Process with Thermal Cracker
- Design of Next Generation Process for Energy Saving and Waste Minimization
- Modeling, Design, and Control of Semi-conductor and Display Material Processes
- Modeling, Design, and Control of LNG BOG Reliqufaction Process
- Modeling and Design of Ultra High Purity Poly-Silicon Manufacturing Process