The use of Artificial Neural Network models for CO2 capture plants
Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) are multifaceted tools that can be used to model and predict various complex and highly non-linear processes. This paper presents the development and validation of an ANN model of a CO2 capture plant. An evaluation of the concept is made of the usefulness of the ANN model as well as a discussion of its feasibility for further integration into a conventional heat and mass balance programme. It is shown that the trained ANN model can reproduce the results of a rigorous process simulator in fraction of the simulation time. A multilayer feed-forward form of Artificial Neural Network was used to capture and model the non-linear relationship between inputs and outputs of the CO2 capture process. The data used for training and validation of the ANN were obtained using the process simulator CO2SIM. The ANN model was trained by performing fully automatic batch simulations using CO2SIM over the entire range of actual operation for an amine based absorption plant. The trained model was then used for finding the optimum operation for the example plant with respect to lowest possible specific steam duty and maximum CO2 capture rate. Two different algorithms have been used and compared for the training of the ANN and a sensitivity analysis was carried out to find the minimum number of input parameters needed while maintaining sufficient accuracy of the model. The reproducibility shows error less than 0.2% for the closed loop absorber/desorber plant. The results of this study show that trained ANN models are very useful for fast simulation of complex steady state process with high reproducibility of the rigorous model.
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Volume (Year): 88 (2011)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
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