Control system

Control System

Codename: #teamCO

The methanol production unit is heavily influenced by external factors such as the intensity of the sun, proximity of clouds and air humidity. First each subsystem is modelled using the basic governing equations and in a later stage data is available which can be used to describe the behavior of the system. The design of a controller ideally happens parallel to the development of the theoretical and data models. The control unit processes all data from subsystems and then sends signals to the actuators in order to control the whole process. Because the control unit must run on a low cost CPU unit, (Arduino/RaspberryPi) the controller sorftware must not be too heavy.

Approach

Process modeling (calculate stuff)

  • Develop framework
  • Develop controller

Component design (draw stuff)

  • Computer casing
  • Wiring bundle

Experimenting / Testing (build stuff)

  • Build hardware & test
  • Validate by using same controller on models & experimental setup

Personal Skills

Controller Design
Chemical Engineering
Industrial Design
Process & Energy Engineering

Software Skills

Matlab
COCO Simulator / Aspen
Fusion 360 / Solid Works

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