Unmeasured temperature control in the presence of unknown drifting parameters in a cruise ship application

Philipp Nguyen*, Robert Tenno

*Corresponding author for this work

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In cruise ship applications several waste heat recovery systems have been developed over the years in order to harvest the excess heat produced by the diesel engine and is stored in the coolant as thermal energy for instance. In this paper, a detailed model of a Fresh-Water-Cooling system is developed based on first principles and a given circuit scheme provided by the vessel manufacturer. The Fresh-Water-Cooling system consists of multiple interconnected subsystems; in this paper the main focus lies on the heat exchanger, where the waste heat recovery process takes place. Due to the presence of unmeasured states and uncertain model parameters the heat exchanger is modelled as partially measured stochastic system. Further the process is proved to be conditionally Gaussian, which makes the use of a conditionally Gaussian filter possible. It produces optimal estimates for the states and the unknown drifting parameters in the mean square sense. The process state is locally stabilized by the estimated process values using stabilizing feedback control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-34
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Process Control
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Conditionally-Gaussian-Filtering
  • Estimation of drifting parameters
  • Fresh-Water-Cooling system on ships
  • Modelling
  • Stabilizing feedback control
  • Waste heat recovery

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