The use of mass and energy balances for observation in process plant diagnosis

Morten Lind, H. Talmon

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    A method is described that uses the invariant mass and energy conservation laws in order to extract a detailed pattern of mass and energy flows from the instrumentation of a process plant. The basic feature of the method is that it is applicable to a large range of plant operational situations, such as those initiated by unforeseen failures, failures with dynamic symptoms, multiple failures, and failures during sequential operations.

    The authors' intentions with this interim progress report are to describe the basic ideas behind the method, as well as to discuss some of its implications for man-computer cooperation in process plant diagnosis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationRoskilde, Denmark
    PublisherRisø National Laboratory
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)87-550-0730-9
    Publication statusPublished - 1980


    • Risø-M-2261
    • Algorithms
    • Conservation laws
    • Control systems
    • Data processing
    • Energy balance
    • Flow models
    • Man-machine system
    • Mass balance
    • Monitoring
    • Nuclear power plants
    • Reactor operation
    • System failure analysis


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