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Process Control: Modeling, Design, and Simulation by B. Wayne Bequette

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2.1. Background

Reasons for Modeling

There are many reasons for developing process models. Improving or understanding chemical process operation is a major overall objective for developing a dynamic process model. These models are often used for (i) operator training, (ii) process design, (iii) safety system analysis, or (iv) process control.

Operator training: The people responsible for the operation of a chemical manufacturing process are known as process operators. A dynamic process model can be used to perform simulations to train process operators, in the same fashion that flight simulators are used to train airplane pilots. Process operators can learn the proper response to upset conditions, before having to experience them on the actual ...

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