Testing a Constrained MPC Controller in a Process Control Laboratory
This paper describes an experiment performed by the fourth year chemical engineering students in the process control laboratory at the University of Waterloo. The objective of this experiment is to test the capabilities of a constrained Model Predictive Controller (MPC) to control the operation of a Double Pipe Heat Exchanger (DPHE) in real time. The process unit, the software/hardware interface, the experimental procedure and the outcome of the experiments are presented in this work. Conclusions are also presented regarding the learning objectives to be pursued as well as the receptivity of the student to the experiment.