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Design of optimal control for membrane separation processes
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The main objective of the project is to design optimal control for membrane separation processes in the presence of membrane fouling. Optimal control of the final product will ensure a certain quality in the shortest possible time. Mathematically, the optimization problem is very complex and strongly nonlinear, and thus to obtain optimal control requires great computing power. However, the big advantage is that the solution (e.g. optimal control) which is obtained, can be easily applied to available devices that have limited processing power but are commonly used in the chemical and food industry.

In the project we will focus on the design of optimal control for membrane separation processes where we reach the desired purity of the product in minimum time with considering fouling. The minimum time operation is very popular in the industry since the proposed optimal operation minimizes prodcution costs.

Principal Researcher: Ing. Martin Jelemensky



  1. M. Jelemenský – M. KlaučoR. Paulen – J. Lauwers – F. Logist – J. Van Impe – M. Fikar: Time-Optimal Control and Parameter Estimation of Diafiltration Processes in the Presence of Membrane Fouling. In 11th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, including Biosystems, vol. 11, pp. 242–247, 2016.
  2. M. Jelemenský – A. Sharma – R. PaulenM. Fikar: Time-optimal control of diafiltration processes in the presence of membrane fouling. Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. 91, pp. 343–351, 2016.
  3. A. Sharma – M. Jelemenský – R. PaulenM. Fikar: Estimation of membrane fouling parameters for concentrating lactose using nanofiltration. Editor(s): Zdravko Kravanja, Miloš Bogataj, In 26th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, Elsevier B.V, Portorož, Slovenia, vol. 26, pp. 151–156, 2016.
  4. A. Sharma – M. Jelemenský – R. Valo – M. KalúzM. Fikar: Process Control Education using a Laboratory Separation Process. In Preprints of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education, vol. 11, pp. 4–9, 2016.


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