“Data reconciliation and optimal operation of a Catalytic naphtha reformer”

Authors: Tore Lid and Sigurd Skogestad,
Affiliation: Statoil and NTNU, Department of Chemical Engineering
Reference: 2008, Vol 29, No 4, pp. 117-129.

Keywords: Optimization, Data Reconciliation, Simulation, Unit Models, Scaling

Abstract: The naphtha reforming process converts low-octane gasoline blending components to high-octane components for use in high-performance gasoline fuels. The reformer also has an important function as the producer of hydrogen to the refinery hydrotreaters. A process model based on a unit model structure, is used for estimation of the process condition using data reconciliation. Measurements are classified as redundant or non redundant and the model variables are classified as observable, barely observable or unobservable. The computed uncertainty of the measured and unmeasured variables shows that even if a variable is observable it may have a very large uncertainty and may thereby be practically unobservable. The process condition at 21 data points, sampled from two years of operation, was reconciled and used to optimize the process operation. There are large seasonal variations in the reformer product price and two operational cases are studied. In case 1, the product price is high and throughput is maximized with respect to process and product quality constraints. In case 2, the product price is low and the throughput is minimized with respect to a low constraint on the hydrogen production. Based on the characteristics of the optimal operation, a 'self optimizing' control structure is suggested for each of the two operational cases.

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  title={{Data reconciliation and optimal operation of a Catalytic naphtha reformer}},
  author={Lid, Tore and Skogestad, Sigurd},
  journal={Modeling, Identification and Control},
  publisher={Norwegian Society of Automatic Control}