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Simulation aided design and development of an adaptive scheme with optimally tuned PID controller for a large multistage flash seawater desalination plant. I

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4 Author(s)
Woldai, A. ; Dept. of Water & Electr., Abu Dhabi Gov., United Arab Emirates ; Al-Gobaisi, D.M.K. ; Dunn, R.W. ; Rao, G.P.

Studies by simulation on the model of a multistage flash (MSF) desalination plant have shown certain features of the model developed, on the basis of physical laws and correlations. The most important of these is nonlinearity which relates to the changing of the process characteristics with the operating conditions. It is shown that a fixed PID controller cannot be optimal, if the operating point changes from the one at which the optimal controller was designed. In this paper, the parameter variations in the linearised plant model have been modelled over the operating region of interest, and these are mapped into the parameter space of the optimal PID controller. The resulting algorithm is a parameter scheduling scheme for the MSF plant for optimal PID control with a choice among four criteria (ISE, IAE, ISTE, and IATE). The scheme illustrated is with reference to the top brine temperature control of an actual 18 stage MSF desalination plant

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Control Applications, 1995., Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Conference on

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28-29 Sep 1995