Production scheduling of a large-scale industrial continuous plant: Short-term and medium-term scheduling

Munawar A. Shaik, Christodoulos A. Floudas, Josef Kallrath, Hans Joachim Pitz

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Abstract

In this work, we describe a framework for short-term and medium-term scheduling of a large-scale industrial continuous plant. For medium-term scheduling, two sub-problems are solved using a rolling-horizon based decomposition scheme. An upper-level model is used to find the optimal number of products, and the length of the time horizon to be considered for solving the lower level short-term scheduling problem. At the lower level, we proposed an improved model for short-term scheduling of continuous processes using unit-specific event-based continuous-time representation. The proposed formulation is demonstrated on a large-scale industrial case study comprising up to 100 units with 1/3 processing and 2/3 storage units operating in a continuous-mode for producing more than 100 different products over a one month time horizon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-686
Number of pages17
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 20 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Continuous process
  • Continuous time
  • Event based
  • Medium-term scheduling
  • Short-term scheduling
  • State task network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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