Online Detection of Shutdown Periods in Chemical Plants: A Case Study

Manuel Martin Salvador, Bogdan Gabrys, Indre Zliobaite

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    In process industry, chemical processes are controlled and monitored by using readings from multiple physical sensors across the plants. Such physical sensors are also supplemented by soft sensors, i.e. adaptive predictive models, which are often used for computing hard-to-measure variables of the process. For soft sensors to work well and adapt to changing operating conditions they need to be provided with relevant data. As production plants are regularly stopped, data instances generated during shutdown periods have to be identified to avoid updating these predictive models with wrong data. We present a case study concerned with a large chemical plant operation over a 2 years period. The task is to robustly and accurately identify the shutdown periods even in case of multiple sensor failures. State-of-the-art methods were evaluated using the first half of the dataset for calibration purposes and the other half for measuring the performance. Results show that shutdowns (i.e. sudden changes) can be quickly detected in any case but the detection delay of startups (i.e. gradual changes) is directly related with the choice of a window size.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)580-588
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
    EventInternational Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems - Gdynia, Poland
    Duration: 15 Sep 201417 Sep 2014
    Conference number: 18


    • change-point detection
    • online detection
    • shutdown periods
    • data streams
    • case study

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