Batch chemical reactors are commonly used in the specialty chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The focus of this textbook has been on continuous processes that operate at some nominal steady-state value. Batch processes are dynamic by nature and usually have a time-varying setpoint profile. Some of the challenges of batch reactor control are outlined in this module.
After studying this module, the reader should be able to do the following:
Understand the effect of scale-up on the dynamic characteristics of a jacketed batch chemical reactor. Further, understand how these characteristics affect the control-system design and operating performance.
Understand some common control configurations and controller tuning techniques. ...