Nonlinear Programming for Feedback Control

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LANS Informal Seminar
Start Date: 
Nov 5 2008 (All day)
Building 221 Conference Room A261
Argonne National Laboratory
Victor Zavala
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A new paradigm arising in feedback control is the incorporation of detailed DAE/PDAE simulation models in on-line environments. The main advantage of doing this is the ability to optimize, in real-time, the process operating conditions as external economic factors evolve in time (e.g. energy prices). On the other hand, this new generation of optimization-based controllers requires new and powerful nonlinear programming (NLP) techniques as fast solutions are critical to preserve the stability of the process. In this seminar, we discuss how warm-starting, parametric optimization and linear algebra techniques can be used to minimize the on-line solution times. In addition, we present different techniques to synchronize the dynamics of the process with the solution time of the NLP problems.

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