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Robust Control of Processes in Chemical Technologies
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Grant: Internal Grant of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Date: 2013

Abstract: The project is aimed at research in the area of robust model predictive control (MPC) of the systems with uncertainties. The research is focused especially to the processes of chemical and food technologies, such as chemical reactors, heat exchangers and others. From the control viewpoint the main demands are the stability of the control, the quality of control performance, the optimization of energy resources, and the total computational burden of robust MPC design. The designed robust MPC will be validated using simulation of control and laboratory plants.

Objectives: Main objectives of the project involve solving these particular tasks:

  • study the possibilities of conservativeness reduction
  • design of the robust MPC of uncertain multiple-input and multiple-output systems with input constraints
  • software package for modeling and control the processes of chemical and food technologies

Principal researcher: Juraj Oravec



  1. M. Bakošová – J. Oravec: PDLF-based Robust MPC of a Heat Exchanger Network. Editor(s): Petar Sabev Varbanov, Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, Peng Yen Liew, Jun Yow Yong, In Chemical Engineering Transactions, AIDIC, vol. 39, pp. 145–150, 2014.


  1. M. Bakošová – J. Oravec: Robust MPC of a Chemical Reactor Using the Nominal System Optimization. Editor(s): Markoš, J., In Proceedings of the 40th International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, Tatranské Matliare, Slovakia, pp. 1070–1078, 2013.
  2. M. Bakošová – J. Oravec: Robust PDLF-based MPC of a Chemical Reactor, In Recenzovaný zborník vedeckých prác zo stretnutia katedier automatizácie, kybernetiky a informatiky technických vysokých škôl a univerzít v SR a ČR SKAKaI 2013, Editor(s): Pirník R., Holečko P., EDIS - vydavateľstvo Žilinskej univerzity v Žiline, pp. 1–6, 2013.
  3. M. Bakošová – J. Oravec: Robust Model Predictive Control of Heat Exchanger Network. Chemical Engineering Transactions, vol. 35, pp. 241–246, 2013.
  4. J. Oravec – M. Bakošová: The Control Performance Evaluation of the Selected On-line Robust MPC Approaches. Editor(s): Fikar, M., Kvasnica, M., In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Process Control, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia, pp. 152–158, 2013.
  5. J. Oravec – S. Blažek – M. Kvasnica – S. Di Cairano: Polygonic Representation of Explicit Model Predictive Control. In IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Florence, Italy, pp. 6422–6427, 2013.


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