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Process control & optimization


Programme (detailed contents):

  • Process control and regulation (classical control, advanced control)
  • Modelling and simulation of dynamic systems
  • Single-objective optimization
  • Applied optimization (multi-objective, evolutionary algorithms, advanced optimization)



  • Big pictures + Jigsaw
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Project


During the project, the following tasks will be pursued:

  • WWTP Modelling via Matlab
  • WWTP single-objective optimization via Golden number method
  • Regulation of WWTP in the dynamic regime via Simulink
  • A serious game on process control
  • Optimization of coupled WWTP-cogeneration (renewable energy production)


All above-mentioned items are provided in English. I5PECS11 is an English training unit (EMINSA project 2016).


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

1. how to proceed for the simulation and regulation of dynamic systems via:

a) An open programming platform (Matlab)

b) A multi-domain dynamic system analyzer (Simulink)

2. how to formulate and solve an optimization problem (single-objective or multi-objective) through suited methods (derivative-based or evolutionary)


The student will be able to:

3. compare different methods for the regulation and optimization of a dynamic industrial case study (Waste Water Treatment Plant WWTP)

Needed prerequisite

Analysis and computing
Modelling and numerical solution for fluid mechanics
Heterogeneous reactor engineering
The whole chemical engineering course

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...