The research program for Phase 1 and 2 was organized in five integrated projects and focused on the three topics: flexibility, controllability and availability. The projects had a strong interaction both between the projects and with industry partners.
1 Optimal transitions was a collaboration between the two departments and partner companies Borealis, Siemens and Modelon. Mainly focused on flexibility, it started in 2008. During Phase I, the project studied grade changes at a Polyethylene process at Borealis. During Phase 2, it studied model calibration for dynamic models for start-up of power plants at Siemens.
2 Disturbance management was acollaboration between the Department of Automatic Control and Perstorp, and the research theme was availability. It started in 2009. During Phase I, the project studied utility disturbances in Perstorp site at Stenungsund. In Phase II, it was focused on local disturbance management in low level control systems.
3 Quality by design and control was a collaboration between the Department of Chemical Engineering, Novo Nordisk and Pfizer. Started in 2008, its main theme was controllability. Th project grew substantially and was therefore divided into two sub projects. Sub project A studied design and control issues while sub project B studied modelling and model calibration.
4 Flexible design was a collaboration between the Department of Chemical Engineering and K.A. Rasmussen and started in 2010, based on industrial funding. The theme was flexibility and this research project included additional experimental resources.
5 Fed-batch control was a collaboration between the Department of Automatic Control, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Novozymes. The project started in the second half of 2010 and had controllability as its research theme.