An online application of dynamic PLS to a dearomatization process

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Early detection of process disturbances and prediction of malfunctions in process equipment improve the safety of the process, minimize the time and resources needed for maintenance, and increase the uniform quality of the products. The objective of online-monitoring is to trace the state of the process and the condition of process equipment in real-time, and to detect faults as early as possible.

In this article the different properties of the online-monitoring methods applied in the process industries are first reviewed. A description of the systematic development of the online-monitoring system for an industrial dearomatization process, specifically for flash point and distillation curve analysers, is then presented. Finally, the results of offline and online tests of the monitoring system using real industrial data from the Fortum Naantali Refinery in Finland, are described and discussed. The developed online-monitoring application was successful in real-time process monitoring and it fulfilled the industrial requirements. PACS: 07.05.Mh; 07.05.Tp; 83.85.Ns


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2611-2619
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • Online process monitoring, Industrial real-time application, Dynamic PLS, Computed variables, Time-lagged variables, Trickle-bed reactor, Online analysers, Flash point analyser, Distillation curve analyser

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