Imperial College London

DrBenoitChachuat

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

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Villanueva ME, Quirynen R, Diehl M, Chachuat B, Houska Bet al., 2017, Robust MPC via min-max differential inequalities, AUTOMATICA, Vol: 77, Pages: 311-321, ISSN: 0005-1098

This paper is concerned with tube-based model predictive control (MPC) for both linear and nonlinear, input-affine continuous-time dynamic systems that are affected by time-varying disturbances. We derivea min-max differential inequality describing the support function of positive robust forward invariant tubes, which can be used to construct a variety of tube-based model predictive controllers. These constructions are conservative, but computationally tractable and their complexity scales linearly with the length of the prediction horizon. In contrast to many existing tube-based MPC implementations, the proposed framework does not involve discretizing the control policy and, therefore, the conservatism of the predicted tube depends solely on the accuracy of the set parameterization. The proposed approach is then used to construct a robustMPCscheme based on tubes with ellipsoidal cross-sections. This ellipsoidal MPC scheme is based on solving an optimal control problem under linear matrix inequality constraints. We illustrate these results with the numerical case study of a spring-mass-damper system.

Journal article

Nikolaou A, Booth P, Gordon F, Yang J, Matar O, Chachuat Bet al., 2017, Multi-physics modeling of light-limited microalgae growth in raceway ponds, IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline), Vol: 49, Pages: 324-329, ISSN: 1474-6670

This paper presents a multi-physics modeling methodology for the quantitative prediction of microalgae productivity in raceway ponds by combining a semi-mechanistic model of microalgae growth describing photoregulation, photoinhibition and photoacclimation, with models of imperfect mixing based on Lagrangian particle-tracking and heterogeneous light distribution. The photosynthetic processes of photoproduction, photoregulation and photoinhibition are represented by a model of chlorophyll fluorescence developed by Nikolaou et al. (2015), which is extended to encompass photoacclimation. The flow is simulated with the commercial CFD package ANSYS, whereas light attenuation is described by the Beer-Lambert law as a first approximation. Full-scale simulation results are presented on extended time horizons. Comparisons are made in terms of areal productivities under both imperfect and idealized (CSTR) mixing conditions, and for various extraction rates and water depths.

Journal article

Diaz-Bejarano E, Porsin AV, Macchietto S, 2017, Fossil fuel: Energy efficient thermal retrofit options for crude oil transport in pipelines, The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Processes, Technologies, and Challenges, Pages: 277-296, ISBN: 9781498760836

© 2018 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Pipelines are used to transport large amounts of crude oil over large distances (either overland or subsea), representing the most economical alternative. Flow assurance faces two main problems: viscosity increase due to gradual cooling of the oil along the pipeline and fouling deposition. These problems are especially important in very cold environments (Russia, Alaska, North Sea, deep oceanic waters, etc.) and when dealing with nonconventional oils, usually heavy or extra-heavy oil and waxy oils. In many cases, the depletion of deposits in conventional oil reservoirs is gradually leading to more extraction of these types of feedstock from remote locations. All these situations result in pipeline transport difficulties such as increased pumping costs, reduced flow rates, and the possibility of flow inhibition or blockage, with potentially major economic impact (Correra et al., 2007; Martínez-Palou et al., 2011).

Book chapter

Rajyaguru J, Villanueva ME, Houska B, Chachuat Bet al., 2016, Chebyshev model arithmetic for factorable functions, Journal of Global Optimization, Vol: 68, Pages: 413-438, ISSN: 1573-2916

This article presents an arithmetic for the computation of Chebyshev models for factorable functions and an analysis of their convergence properties. Similar to Taylor models, Chebyshev models consist of a pair of a multivariate polynomial approximating the factorable function and an interval remainder term bounding the actual gap with this polynomial approximant. Propagation rules and local convergence bounds are established for the addition, multiplication and composition operations with Chebyshev models. The global convergence of this arithmetic as the polynomial expansion order increases is also discussed. A generic implementation of Chebyshev model arithmetic is available in the library MC++. It is shown through several numerical case studies that Chebyshev models provide tighter bounds than their Taylor model counterparts, but this comes at the price of extra computational burden.

Journal article

Baroukh C, Steyer JP, Bernard O, Chachuat Bet al., 2016, dynamic Flux Balance Analysis of the Metabolism of Microalgae under a Diurnal Light Cycle, 11th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems including Biosystems, Publisher: Elsevier, Pages: 791-796, ISSN: 1474-6670

Microalgae have received much attention in the context of renewable fuel production, due to their ability to produce in high quantities carbon storage molecules such as lipids and carbohydrates. Despite significant research effort over the last decade, the production yields remain low and need to be optimized. For that, a thorough understanding of carbon storage metabolism is necessary. This paper develops a constrained metabolic model based on the dFBA framework to represent the dynamics of carbon storage in microalgae under a diurnal light cycle. The main assumption here is that microalgae adapt their metabolism in order to optimize their production of functional biomass (proteins, membrane lipids, DNA, RNA) over a diurnal cycle. A generic metabolic network comprised of 160 reactions representing the main carbon and nitrogen pathways of microalgae is used to characterize the metabolism. The optimization problem is simplified by exploiting the right kernel of the stoichiometric matrix, and transformed into a linear program by discretizing the differential equations using a classical collocation technique. Several constraints are investigated. The results suggest that the experimentally observed strategy of accumulation of carbon storage molecules during the day, followed by their depletion during the night may indeed be the optimal one. However, a constraint on the maximal synthesis rate of functional biomass must be added for consistency with the biological observations.

Conference paper

Bernardi A, Nikolaou A, Meneghesso A, Morosinotto T, Chachuat B, Bezzo Fet al., 2016, Correction: High-Fidelity Modelling Methodology of Light-Limited Photosynthetic Production in Microalgae., PLOS One, Vol: 11, ISSN: 1932-6203

[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152387.].

Journal article

Sun M, Chachuat B, Pistikopoulos EN, 2016, Design of multi-parametric NCO tracking controllers for linear dynamic systems, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol: 92, Pages: 64-77, ISSN: 1873-4375

A methodology for combining multi-parametric programming and NCO tracking is presented in the case of linear dynamic systems. The resulting parametric controllers consist of (potentially nonlinear) feedback laws for tracking optimality conditions by exploiting the underlying optimal control switching structure. Compared to the classical multi-parametric MPC controller, this approach leads to a reduction in the number of critical regions. It calls for the solution of more difficult parametric optimization problems with linear differential equations embedded, whose critical regions are potentially nonconvex. Examples of constrained linear quadratic optimal control problems with parametric uncertainty are presented to illustrate the approach.

Journal article

Nikolaou A, Bernardi A, Meneghesso A, Morosinotto T, Chachuat B, Bezzo Fet al., 2016, High-Fidelity Modelling Methodology of Light-Limited Photosynthetic Production in Microalgae, PLOS One, Vol: 11, ISSN: 1932-6203

Reliable quantitative description of light-limited growth in microalgae is key to improving the design and operation of industrial production systems. This article shows how the capability to predict photosynthetic processes can benefit from a synergy between mathematical modelling and lab-scale experiments using systematic design of experiment techniques. A model of chlorophyll fluorescence developed by the authors [Nikolaou et al., J Biotechnol 194:91–99, 2015] is used as starting point, whereby the representation of non-photochemical-quenching (NPQ) process is refined for biological consistency. This model spans multiple time scales ranging from milliseconds to hours, thus calling for a combination of various experimental techniques in order to arrive at a sufficiently rich data set and determine statistically meaningful estimates for the model parameters. The methodology is demonstrated for the microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana by combining pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) fluorescence, photosynthesis rate and antenna size measurements. The results show that the calibrated model is capable of accurate quantitative predictions under a wide range of transient light conditions. Moreover, this work provides an experimental validation of the link between fluorescence and photosynthesis-irradiance (PI) curves which had been theoricized.

Journal article

Faust JMM, Fu J, Chachuat B, Mitsos Aet al., 2016, Optimization of dynamic systems with rigorous path constraint satisfaction, Editors: Kravanja, Bogataj, Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Pages: 643-648

Book chapter

Peric ND, Villanueva ME, Chachuat B, 2016, Set-valued integration of uncertain dynamic systems with sensitivity analysis capability, Editors: Kravanja, Bogataj, Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Pages: 1165-1170

Book chapter

Adi VSK, Cook M, Peeva LG, Livingston AG, Chachuat Bet al., 2016, Optimization of OSN Membrane Cascades for Separating Organic Mixtures, Editors: Kravanja, Bogataj, Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Pages: 379-384

Book chapter

Ulmasov D, Baroukh C, Chachuat B, Deisenroth MP, Misener Ret al., 2016, Bayesian Optimization with Dimension Scheduling: Application to Biological Systems, Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV

Working paper

Sun M, Villanueva ME, Chachuat B, Pistikopoulos ENet al., 2016, Strategies towards the robust multi-parametric control of continuous-time systems, Pages: 355-357

Conference paper

Bernard O, Mairet F, Chachuat B, 2016, Modelling of Microalgae Culture Systems with Applications to Control and Optimization, Editors: Posten, Chen, Publisher: SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Pages: 59-87

Mathematical modeling is becoming ever more important to assess the potential, guide the design, and enable the efficient operation and control of industrial-scale microalgae culture systems (MCS). The development of overall, inherently multiphysics, models involves coupling separate submodels of (i) the intrinsic biological properties, including growth, decay, and biosynthesis as well as the effect of light and temperature on these processes, and (ii) the physical properties, such as the hydrodynamics, light attenuation, and temperature in the culture medium. When considering high-density microalgae culture, in particular, the coupling between biology and physics becomes critical. This chapter reviews existing models, with a particular focus on the Droop model, which is a precursor model, and it highlights the structure common to many microalgae growth models. It summarizes the main developments and difficulties towards multiphysics models of MCS as well as applications of these models for monitoring, control, and optimization purposes.

Book chapter

Puchongkawarin C, Gomez-Mont C, Stuckey DC, Chachuat Bet al., 2015, Optimization-based methodology for the development of wastewater facilities for energy and nutrient recovery, CHEMOSPHERE, Vol: 140, Pages: 150-158, ISSN: 0045-6535

Journal article

Nikolaou A, Hartmann P, Sciandra A, Chachuat B, Bernard Oet al., 2015, Dynamic coupling of photoacclimation and photoinhibition in a model of microalgae growth., Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol: 390, Pages: 61-72, ISSN: 1095-8541

The development of mathematical models that can predict photosynthetic productivity of microalgae under transient conditions is crucial for enhancing large-scale industrial culturing systems. Particularly important in outdoor culture systems, where the light irradiance varies greatly, are the processes of photoinhibition and photoacclimation, which can affect photoproduction significantly. The former is caused by an excess of light and occurs on a fast time scale of minutes, whereas the latter results from the adjustment of the light harvesting capacity to the incoming irradiance and takes place on a slow time scale of days. In this paper, we develop a dynamic model of microalgae growth that simultaneously accounts for the processes of photoinhibition and photoacclimation, thereby spanning multiple time scales. The properties of the model are analyzed in connection to PI-response curves, under a quasi steady-state assumption for the slow processes and by neglecting the fast dynamics. For validation purposes, the model is calibrated and compared against multiple experimental data sets from the literature for several species. The results show that the model can describe the difference in photosynthetic unit acclimation strategies between Dunaliella tertiolecta (n-strategy) and Skeletonema costatum (s-strategy).

Journal article

Fu J, Faust JMM, Chachuat B, Mitos Aet al., 2015, Local optimization of dynamic programs with guaranteed satisfaction of path constraints, Automatica, Vol: 62, Pages: 184-192, ISSN: 1873-2836

An algorithm is proposed for locating a feasible point satisfying the KKT conditions to a specified tolerance of feasible inequality-path-constrained dynamic programs (PCDP) within a finite number of iterations. The algorithm is based on iteratively approximating the PCDP by restricting the right-hand side of the path constraints and enforcing the path constraints at finitely many time points. The main contribution of this article is an adaptation of the semi-infinite program (SIP) algorithm proposed in Mitsos (2011) to PCDP. It is proved that the algorithm terminates finitely with a guaranteed feasible point which satisfies the first-order KKT conditions of the PCDP to a specified tolerance. The main assumptions are: (i) availability of a nonlinear program (NLP) local solver that generates a KKT point of the constructed approximation to PCDP at each iteration if this problem is indeed feasible; (ii) existence of a Slater point of the PCDP that also satisfies the first-order KKT conditions of the PCDP to a specified tolerance; (iii) all KKT multipliers are nonnegative and uniformly bounded with respect to all iterations. The performance of the algorithm is analyzed through two numerical case studies.

Journal article

Houska B, Villanueva ME, Chachuat B, 2015, Stable set-valued integration of nonlinear dynamic systems using affine set-parameterizations, Siam Journal of Numerical Analysis, Vol: 53, Pages: 2307-2328, ISSN: 0036-1429

Many set-valued integration algorithms for parametric ordinary differential equations (ODEs) implement a combination of Taylor series expansion with either interval arithmetic or Taylor model arithmetic. Due to the wrapping effect, the diameter of the solution-set enclosures computed with these algorithms typically diverges to infinity on finite integration horizons, even though the ODE trajectories themselves may be asymptotically stable. This paper starts by describing a new discretized set-valued integration algorithm that uses a predictor-validation approach to propagate generic affine set-parameterizations, whose images are guaranteed to enclose the ODE solution set. Sufficient conditions are then derived for this algorithm to be locally asymptotically stable, in the sense that the computed enclosures are guaranteed to remain stable on infinite time horizons when applied to a dynamic system in the neighborhood of a locally asymptotically stable periodic orbit (or equilibrium point). The key requirement here is quadratic Hausdorff convergence of function extensions in the chosen affine set-parameterization, which is proved to be the case, for instance, for Taylor models with ellipsoidal remainders. These stability properties are illustrated with the case study of a cubic oscillator system.

Journal article

Rayjaguru J, Villanueva ME, Houska B, Chachuat Bet al., 2015, Continuous-time enclosures for uncertain implicit differential equations, 9th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, Publisher: Elsevier, Pages: 94-99, ISSN: 1474-6670

The computation of enclosures for the reachable set of uncertain dynamic systems is a crucial component in a wide variety of applications, from global and robust dynamic optimization to safety verification and fault detection. Even though many systems in engineering are best modeled as implicit differential equations (IDEs) and differential algebraic equations (DAEs), methods for the construction of enclosures for these are not as well developed as they are for ordinary differential equations (ODEs). In this paper, we propose a continuous-time approach for the guaranteed over approximations of the reachable set for quasilinear IDEs. This approach builds on novel high-order inclusion techniques for the solution set of algebraic equations and state-of-the-art techniques for bounding the solution of nonlinear ODEs.We show how this approach can be used to bound the reachable set of uncertain semi-explicit DAEs by bounding the underlying IDEs. We demonstrate this approach on two case studies, a double pendulum where it proves superior with delayed break-down times compared to other methods, and anaerobic digestion of microalgae which has nine differential and two algebraic states.

Conference paper

Puchongkawarin C, Fitzgerald S, Chachuat B, 2015, Plant-wide optimization of a full-scale activated sludge plant with anaerobic sludge treatment, 9th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, Publisher: Elsevier, Pages: 1234-1239, ISSN: 1474-6670

© 2015, (International Federation of Automatic Control) Hosting by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper presents the application of a plant-wide model-based methodology to wastewater treatment plants. The focus is on a tertiary activated sludge plant with anaerobic sludge treatment, owned and operated by Sydney Water. A dynamic plant-wide model is first developed and calibrated using historical data. A scenario-based optimization procedure is then applied for computing the effect of key discharge constraints on the minimal net power consumption, via the repeated solution of a dynamic optimization problem. The results show a potential for reduction of the energy consumption by about 20%, through operational changes only, without compromising the current effluent quality. It is also found that nitrate (and hence total nitrogen) discharge could be reduced from its current level around 22 mg(N)/L to less than 15 with no increase in net power consumption, and could be further reduced to <10 mg(N)/L subject to a 15% increase in net power consumption upon diverting part of the primary sludge to the secondary treatment stage. This improved understanding of the relationship between nutrient removal and energy use will feed into discussions with environmental regulators regarding nutrient discharge licensing.

Conference paper

Chachuat B, Houska B, Paulen R, Perić N, Rajyaguru J, Villanueva MEet al., 2015, Set-theoretic approaches in analysis, estimation and control of nonlinear systems, 9th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, Publisher: Elsevier, Pages: 981-995, ISSN: 1474-6670

This paper gives an overview of recent developments in set-theoretic methods for nonlinear systems, with a particular focus on the activities in our own research group. Central to these approaches is the ability to compute tight enclosures of the range of multivariate systems, e.g. using ellipsoidal calculus or higher-order inclusion techniques based on multivariate polynomials, as well as the ability to propagate these enclosures to enclose the trajectories of parametric or uncertain differential equations. We illustrate these developments with a range of applications, including the reach ability analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems; the determination of all equilibrium points and bifurcations in a given state-space domain; and the solution of set-membership parameter estimation problems. We close the paper with a discussion about on-going research in tube-based methods for robust model predictive control.

Conference paper

Puchongkawarin C, Menichini C, Laso-Rubido C, Fitzgerald S, Chachuat Bet al., 2015, Model-based methodology for plant-wide analysis of wastewater treatment plants: Industrial case study, Water Practice and Technology, Vol: 10, Pages: 517-526, ISSN: 1751-231X

This paper presents the application of a model-based methodology for improved understanding of the tight interplay between effluent quality, energy use, and fugitive emissions in wastewater treatment plants. Dynamic models are developed and calibrated in an objective to predict the performance of a conventional activated sludge plant owned and operated by Sydney Water, Australia. A scenario-based approach is applied to quantify the effect of key operating variables on the effluent quality, energy use, and fugitive emissions. Operational strategies that enable a reduction in aeration energy by 10-20% or a reduction of total nitrogen discharge down to 3 mg L<sup>-1</sup> are identified. These results are also compared to an upgraded plant with reverse osmosis in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This improved understanding of the relationship between nutrient removal, energy use, and emissions will feed into discussions with environmental regulators regarding nutrient discharge licensing.

Journal article

Paulen R, Villanueva ME, Chachuat B, 2015, Guaranteed parameter estimation of non-linear dynamic systems using high-order bounding techniques with domain and CPU-time reduction strategies, IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, Vol: 33, Pages: 563-587, ISSN: 0265-0754

This paper is concerned with guaranteed parameter estimation of non-linear dynamic systems in a context of bounded measurement error. The problem consists of finding - or approximating as closely as possible - the set of all possible parameter values such that the predicted values of certain outputs match their corresponding measurements within prescribed error bounds. A set-inversion algorithm is applied, whereby the parameter set is successively partitioned into smaller boxes and exclusion tests are performed to eliminate some of these boxes, until a given threshold on the approximation level is met. Such exclusion tests rely on the ability to bound the solution set of the dynamic system for a finite parameter subset, and the tightness of these bounds is therefore paramount; equally important in practice is the time required to compute the bounds, thereby defining a trade-off. In this paper, we investigate such a trade-off by comparing various bounding techniques based on Taylor models with either interval or ellipsoidal bounds as their remainder terms. We also investigate the use of optimization-based domain reduction techniques in order to enhance the convergence speed of the set-inversion algorithm, and we implement simple strategies that avoid recomputing Taylor models or reduce their expansion orders wherever possible. Case studies of various complexities are presented, which show that these improvements using Taylor-based bounding techniques can significantly reduce the computational burden, both in terms of iteration count and CPU time.

Journal article

Nikolaou A, Chachuat B, 2015, 427331 Scaling-up microalgae production systems: Inferring biomass productivity in raceway ponds using numerical simulation, Pages: 453-456

Conference paper

Villanueva ME, Pereira HSA, Rajyaguru J, Krams R, Chachuat Bet al., 2015, Bifurcation and stability analysis of nonlinear dynamic systems using complete search, Pages: 627-628

Conference paper

Bernardi A, Nikolaou A, Meneghesso A, Morosinotto T, Chachuat B, Bezzo Fet al., 2015, Using Fluorescence Measurements to Model Key Phenomena in Microalgae Photosynthetic Mechanisms, ICHEAP12: 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHEMICAL & PROCESS ENGINEERING, Vol: 43, Pages: 217-222, ISSN: 1974-9791

Journal article

Bernardi A, Nikolaou A, Meneghesso A, Chachuat B, Morosinotto T, Bezzo Fet al., 2015, A Framework for the Dynamic Modelling of PI Curves in Microalgae, 12TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROCESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND 25TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING, PT C, Vol: 37, Pages: 2483-2488, ISSN: 1570-7946

Journal article

Villanueva ME, Rajyaguru J, Houska B, Chachuat Bet al., 2015, Ellipsoidal Arithmetic for Multivariate Systems, 12TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROCESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (PSE) AND 25TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING (ESCAPE), PT A, Vol: 37, Pages: 767-772, ISSN: 1570-7946

Journal article

Sun M, Chachuat B, Pistikopoulos EN, 2015, Design of multiparametric NCO tracking controllers for linear dynamic systems, 12TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROCESS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (PSE) AND 25TH EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER AIDED PROCESS ENGINEERING (ESCAPE), PT B, Vol: 37, Pages: 1511-1516, ISSN: 1570-7946

Journal article

Nikolaou A, Bernardi A, Meneghesso A, Bezzo F, Morosinotto T, Chachuat Bet al., 2014, A model of chlorophyll fluorescence in microalgae integrating photoproduction, photoinhibition and photoregulation, Journal of Biotechnology, Vol: 194, Pages: 91-99, ISSN: 1873-4863

This paper presents a mathematical model capable of quantitative prediction of the state of the photosynthetic apparatus of microalgae in terms of their open, closed and damaged reaction centers under variable light conditions. This model combines the processes of photoproduction and photoinhibition in the Han model with a novel mathematical representation of photoprotective mechanisms, including qE-quenching and qI-quenching. For calibration and validation purposes, the model can be used to simulate fluorescence fluxes, such as those measured in PAM fluorometry, as well as classical fluorescence indexes. A calibration is carried out for the microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana, whereby 9 out of the 13 model parameters are estimated with good statistical significance using the realized, minimal and maximal fluorescence fluxes measured from a typical PAM protocol. The model is further validated by considering a more challenging PAM protocol alternating periods of intense light and dark, showing a good ability to provide quantitative predictions of the fluorescence fluxes even though it was calibrated for a different and somewhat simpler PAM protocol. A promising application of the model is for the prediction of PI-response curves based on PAM fluorometry, together with the long-term prospect of combining it with hydrodynamic and light attenuation models for high-fidelity simulation and optimization of full-scale microalgae production systems.

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