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Imperial College uses the Reactor WebLab


Dr Charles Immanuel at Imperial College has developed a new assignment for the Reactor WebLab for use with his course in Process Dynamics & Control.

The assignment includes the use of step-response data to identify an appropriate transfer function model and design a PI controller for the intensity measurement in the reactor. Further, an unconstrained Model Predictive Controller (MPC) is set up and its performance in the Reactor WebLab is predicted and then tested remotely, using the industrial operating system (SIMATIC PCS7).

The Reactor WebLab was set up by Anders Selmer, Mike Goodson and Markus Kraft in collaboration with Siemens and was used for the first time in a part IIA exercise on non-ideal reactors during Lent term 2006. The students' response was very positive as shown by evaluation questionnaires. The Reactor WebLab has also been used by Prof Gregory Stephanopoulos at MIT in his Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design course.