Departmental Papers (ESE)


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.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Subject Area

GRASP, Kodlab

Date of this Version

December 1996


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.



Date Posted: 03 June 2008

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