Our scope of interest can be structured into three parts:
- Control system design
- Application of distributed control systems (DCS)
- Supervision and control of high pressure gas transmission and distribution networks.
Control design tasks include modeling and simulation of technical processes, analysis of system properties, and design of control systems. We focus on simple frequency-based methods and on state space approaches like state estimation, control and optimization. Of further interest is the application of expert systems and of neural network systems for process control and for process fault detection. Our main fields of application are environmental and power generation processes.
Distributed control systems are considered with respect to the user’s interface. We try to enhance the interaction possibilities by modern communication technologies.
In our third field of interest we investigate high pressure gas transmission and distribution networks, in particular modeling and simulation of transient gas flows in the network, state estimation, model based leak detection, and complex network control. We also evaluate the design of complex integrated network supervision and control systems. Commercial aspects are considered in cooperation with experts in economics.
Available tools include:
industrial distributed control system, MATLAB/SIMULINK, and, especially for the analysis of gas networks, the programs GANESI / GANBEO / GADIAG.