Journal of Process Control, Vol.56, 79-99, 2017
Fast and reliable computational strategy for developing a rigorous model-driven soft sensor of dynamic molecular weight distribution
Key polymer properties are substantially directly related to the polymer molecular weight distribution (MWD). On-line monitoring and prediction of dynamic MWD profiles are highly important for on-line quality control of polymerization processes. In this study, a fast and reliable computational strategy for an equation-oriented model-based soft sensor for the high-density polyethylene grade transition process is developed. The simultaneous collocation approach is adopted to discretize the dynamic model. A novel moving finite element method is proposed to improve the on-line performance of the derived large-scale nonlinear equation systems. The sensitivity information of the nonlinear equation systems contributes to a convergence enhancement strategy for the sensor. The prediction accuracy and computational efficiency are demonstrated using industrial data.A potential application to extend the polymerization process with changeable flowsheet is also tested through simulation. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.