Control of a two-stage mixed suspension mixed product removal crystallizer

M. Porru, L. Ozkan

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In this work, we consider the problem of controlling a two-stage cooling mixed suspension mixed product removal (MSMPR) crystallizer. For this process, the temperature in the first crystallizer is manipulated for controlling the average crystal dimension (d43), while it is desired to maintain the temperature of the second crystallizer at the minimum allowed value to guarantee maximum yield. Due to system nonlinearities and process delays, the performance of traditional PID controllers are poor. A control scheme is proposed to improve the closed loop performance and achieve desired control objectives. The control scheme is based on the coupling of a PI controller and a model-based nonlinear prediction block that serves as delay and disturbance compensator. The proposed scheme has been tested on the system in case of disturbances in the feed concentration, with and without measurement errors. It is observed that the proposed scheme outperforms the PI controller by reducing the output response settling time and overshoot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-903
Number of pages6
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Event10th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes
- Shenyang, China
Duration: 25 Jul 201827 Jul 2018


  • Model-based control
  • Nonlinear delay compensation
  • Series of MSMPR crystallisers


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