# Process Control (Assignment)

EX40HC 2020-21 CA Assignment 1
Problem 1
Consider the perfectly mixed blending tank shown below, where two streams with different
concentrations in a soluble component are mixed to obtain a certain composition ππ(π‘π‘) in this
component at the outlet of the tank. Input variables are the concentrations of this soluble
component in the inlet streams ππ1(π‘π‘) and ππ2(π‘π‘) in mol m-3 and the flowrates of the inlet streams
ππ1(π‘π‘) and ππ2(π‘π‘) in m3 min-1
. The volume of the liquid in the tank ππ can be assumed constant and
equal to 40 m3
, while the variation of stream densities with composition can be neglected.
Consider that the tank is initially at steady state and it is mixing a stream with concentration
ππ1π π  = 80 mol m-3 with a stream with concentration ππ2π π  = 30 mol m-3 to produce 4 m3 min-1 of
concertation πππ π  = 50 mol m-3
.
a) Starting from the mathematical model of this process in the time domain, determine the
transfer functions in the Laplace domain that describe this mixing tank and link the four input
variables to the outlet concentration in deviation state. Clearly show all steps taken. (Hint: The
total mass balance needs to be considered, even if the volume in the tank is constant)
b) Determine the gains and time constants for the four transfer functions obtained in a) and clearly
indicate the units of all involved parameters.
c) Based on the obtained transfer functions construct the block diagram of the process and build it
in Simulink. Name all blocks and streams in a descriptive way, so that they are identifiable in
relation to the actual process. Provide a screenshot of the final Simulink diagram.
d) Simulate the cases described below and provide plots of the time profile of ππβ²
(π‘π‘) with time.
Based on the transfer functions determined above use the final value theorem to calculate the
expected new steady state values to verify these agree with the simulated ones. Cases to
simulate:
i. Step change at time π‘π‘ = 0 for inlet flowrate ππ1(π‘π‘) equal to 0.1 m3 min-1
.
ii. Step change at time π‘π‘ = 0 for inlet flowrate ππ2(π‘π‘) equal to 0.1 m3 min-1
.
f1(t)
c1(t)
V
f2(t)
c2(t) c (t)
f (t)
Problem 2
Consider the two perfectly mixed blending tanks in series shown below, where two streams with
different concentrations in a soluble component are mixed to obtain a certain composition ππ(π‘π‘) in
this component at the outlet of tank 2. A recirculation stream exists between tank 2 and tank 1,
while all flows can be assumed constant. Input variables are the concentrations of the soluble
component in the inlet streams ππ1(π‘π‘) and ππ2(π‘π‘) in mol m-3
. The volume of the liquid in the tanks ππ1
and ππ2 can be assumed constant, while the variation of stream densities with composition can be
neglected.
a) Starting from the mathematical model of this process in the time domain, show that the Laplace
domain transfer functions of the outlet concentration to the inlet concentrations in deviation
state are the following:
ππβ²(π π )
ππ1
β² (π π ) = πΎπΎ1
(ππ1π π +1)(ππ2π π +1)βπΎπΎ3
and ππβ²(π π )
ππ2
β² (π π ) = πΎπΎ2
(ππ1π π +1)(ππ2π π +1)βπΎπΎ3
, where:
πΎπΎ1 = ππ1
ππ+ππππ
, πΎπΎ2 = ππ2
ππ+ππππ
, πΎπΎ3 = ππππ
ππ+ππππ
, ππ1 = ππ1
ππ+ππππ
and ππ2 = ππ2
ππ+ππππ
b) Using the steady state values from Problem 1 and clearly indicating all involved units, calculate
the parameters of the above transfer functions, assuming that ππ1 = ππ2 = 0.5 β ππ and that the
recirculation flow, ππππ, is equal to:
i. π₯π₯+1
10 ππ
ii. 50βπ₯π₯
5 ππ, π₯π₯ being the last digit of your Student ID number for both cases.
c) Based on the obtained transfer functions construct the block diagram of the process and build it
in Simulink. Name all blocks and streams in a descriptive way, so that they are identifiable in
relation to the actual process. Provide a screenshot of the final diagram for case i of b).
d) Considering that initially the system is at steady state, simulate for both cases of b) a step
change at time π‘π‘ = 0 for the inlet concentration ππ1(π‘π‘) equal to 5 mol m-3
. Compare the obtained
responses of ππβ²
(π‘π‘) with that of the system of Problem 1 for the same input change and discuss
on the observed differences between the three simulated cases and the effect of ππππ.
f1
c1(t)
V1
f2
c2(t) ci (t)
fi V2
c (t)
f
fR
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