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Thermal energy minimisation in papermaking via MD control approach

Afshar, P and Mack, J and Austin, P and Brown, M and Maciejowski, J and Wang, H (2011) Thermal energy minimisation in papermaking via MD control approach. 2011 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, ICAMechS 2011 - Final Program. pp. 139-144.

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This paper reports the application of Advanced Process Control (APC) techniques for improving the thermal energy efficiency of a paperboard-making process by regulating the Machine Direction (MD) profile of the basis weight and moisture content of the paper-board. A Model Predictive Controller (MPC) is designed so that the sheet moisture and basis weight tracking errors along with variations of the sheet moisture and basis weight are reduced. Also, the drainage is maximised through improved wet-end stability which can facilitate driving the sheet moisture set-point closer to its upper specification limit over time. It is shown that the proposed strategy can result in reducing steam usage by 8-10%. A simulation study based on a UK board machine is presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed technique. © 2011 Intl Journal of Adv Mechatr.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div F > Control
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:44
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 09:53