Departmental Papers (ESE)

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version

December 1996

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Copyright 1996 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of the 35th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Volume 4, 1996, pages 4486-4491.

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NOTE: At the time of publication, author Daniel Koditschek was affiliated with the University of Michigan. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Abstract

We present a simplified state-space model of a once-through supercritical boiler turbine power plant. This phenomenological model has been developed from a greatly simplified application of the first principles of physical laws. When we fit our model to a far more complex and physically accurate simulation model commissioned by EPRI for operator training, we find that the input-output responses are surprisingly close.

Encouraged by this initial success, we describe some initial steps toward a design method for supercritical boiler control suggested by the geometric structure arising from the simplified model. Preliminary simulation results suggest that this approach may offer a closed loop response considerably improved relative to that achieved by the linear controllers presently in place in typical industrial settings.

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