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Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol.1, No.2, Nov. 2016, Pub. Date: Feb. 28, 2017
A Step Towards Optimal Operation and Control of Batch Distillation Columns Using Reinforcement Learning
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[01] M. A. Mustafa, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.
An important amount of work exists on the topic of optimal operation and control of batch distillation. Although previous efforts are still based on the assumption of an accurate process model being available, there will always remain the challenge of practical applications. Reinforcement Learning (RL) has been recognized already as a particularly suitable framework for optimizing batch process operation however no successful application to batch distillation has been reported. Thus, this paper presents RL as an automatic learning approach to batch distillation. Incremental batch to batch learning is demonstrated, for a range of case studies starting from a small initial training data set and with no assumption of prior knowledge of VLE. Furthermore the robustness of the RL algorithm, towards uncertainty in process variables, is demonstrated.
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