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Consider model-based inferential properties for reformers

10.01.2011  |  Beautyman, A. C.,  AspenTech, Brentford, Middlesex, UKBiroli, S.,  Eni, ItalyAutuori, A.,  Eni, ItalyLodolo, S. ,  Aspen Technology, Italy

A European refiner opts to apply embedded multivariable predictive controllers as part of an advanced process control system

Keywords: [process control] [models] [predictive control] [APC] [software] [inferrential control] [inferrential models] [reformer] [naphtha]

Eni settled on using inferred properties models as part of a control and optimization application for two refineries on reformer units. Using improved rigorous models in operations would help achieving a more accurate and reliable control for the reformers. One solution identified was applying an open-loop advisory systems area and closed loop control and optimization area. In the present low-gasoline market, reformers must improve hydrogen (H2) supply and consumption. European refiners, often, operate reforms to balance gasoline or hydrogen production.

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