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Advances in Reactor Measurement and Control

Gregory K. McMillian (author)

ISBN: 9780876640890

Publication Date: Apr 2015

Format: Paperback

Written from a practical perspective, this text underscores how control system design can address the different process responses and fundamental characteristics of the major types of reactors in the process industry. This book enables the reader to learn what measurements, control strategies, controller features and tuning parameters will achieve process objectives for a given type of reactor.
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Written from a practical perspective, Advances in Reactor Measurement and Control underscores how control system design can address the different process responses and fundamental characteristics of the major types of reactors in the process industry.

This book enables the reader to learn what measurements, control strategies, controller features and tuning parameters will achieve process objectives for a given type of reactor. No prior education or experience in process engineering or control theory is needed. This book starts with the fundamentals and principles needed to become proficient in getting the best reactor and control system performance. The practitioner will be able to design, implement and support straightforward configurations based on the type of process and equipment.

McMillan—the author of more than 20 books, including several ISA best sellers, Process Automation Hall of Fame Inductee and the recipient of the ISA Life Achievement Award—educates through a practitioner’s experience and perspective, outlining the general concepts and details, from the field to the control room, for the control and optimization of batch and continuous reactors.

“Taking a practitioner’s approach, I believe, is unique,” McMillan says. “The concepts in this book are developed to help the reader understand the fundamental differences in reactor applications and improve the performance of nearly all types of reactors. This book is unique in providing readily configurable practical solutions for batch and fluidized bed reactors besides the more traditional continuous stirred tank reactors.

According to McMillan, the book’s practical value is reinforced through its:
  • Simple presentation of the characteristics and implications of each of the dynamic responses needed to achieve the necessary efficiency, capacity, quality, and safety in operation.
  • Clear explanation of the PID features and tuning and control loops needed for addressing the lack of smoothing in dead time dominant processes and the lack of negative feedback in integrating and runaway processes.
The material in this book represents knowledge from leading participants in the ISA Mentor program, Brian Hrankowsky and Héctor Torres, reflecting decades of experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, respectively.
Pages 324
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2015
Publisher ISA
Subject/s Engineering measurement & calibration   Automatic control engineering  
Gregory K. McMillan,CAP, is a retired Senior Fellow from Solutia/Monsanto where he worked in engineering technology on process control improvement. Greg was also an affiliate professor for Washington University in Saint Louis, USA. Greg is an ISA Fellow and received the ISA Kermit Fischer Environmental Award for pH control in 1991, the Control Magazine Engineer of the Year Award for the Process Industry in 1994, was inducted into the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame in 2001, was honoured by InTech Magazine in 2003 as one of the most influential innovators in automation, and received the ISA Life Achievement Award in 2010. Greg is the author of numerous books on process control, his most recent being Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements for the Process Industry. Greg has been the monthly Control Talk columnist for Control magazine since 2002. Presently, Greg contracts as a consultant in DeltaV R&D via CDI Process & Industrial.

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