A Systems Modelling Framework for the Design of Integrated Process Control Systems

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    The paper describes a systems modelling methodology, called multilevel flow modelling, or MFM, which aims at describing complex production plants as designs, i.e. as systems having goals, functions and equipment realizing these
    functions. The modelling concepts are based on thermodynamics and lead to a system description in terms of multiple levels of interrelated mass or energy flow structures. The paper discusses as a basis for the modelling framework the general properties of artifacts or designs, characterizes the complexity of production systems and defines the MFM concepts which allow a consistent specification of goals and functions of these systems as generated in the process design. A modelling example is given and the application of the models for the design of plant control strategies is outlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages35
    ISBN (Print)87-550-0977-8
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


    • Risø-M-2409
    • Automation
    • Control ysstems
    • Conservation laws
    • Energy balance
    • Flow models
    • Industrial plants
    • Mass balance
    • Nuclear power plants
    • Planning
    • Reactor operation


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