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Keywords:

  • integration of scheduling and control;
  • event-point scheduling formulation;
  • multi-parametric Model Predictive Control;
  • mixed integer nonlinear programming;
  • batch processes

Integration of scheduling and control results in Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming (MINLP) which is computationally expensive. The online implementation of integrated scheduling and control requires repetitively solving the resulting MINLP at each time interval. (Zhuge and Ierapetritou, Ind Eng Chem Res. 2012;51:8550–8565) To address the online computation burden, we incorporare multi-parametric Model Predictive Control (mp-MPC) in the integration of scheduling and control. The proposed methodology involves the development of an integrated model using continuous-time event-point formulation for the scheduling level and the derived constraints from explicit MPC for the control level. Results of case studies of batch processes prove that the proposed approach guarantees efficient computation and thus facilitates the online implementation. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 60: 3169–3183, 2014