Won-Hyouk Jang


Ph.D.,Texas A&M University,(2004)
M.S.,Texas A&M University,(2001)
M.S.,Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, (1993)
B.S.,Hanyang University, Kyungki, Republic of Korea, (1991)
Won-Hyouk Jang

Research Interests

Model Predictive Control for Nonlinear Processes (Application to Reactive Distillation Columns)

MPCs are well suited for multivariable control problems and allow to directly incorporate operating or environmental constraints into the problem formulation. The goal of this research is the development of a MPC design framework for reactive distillation columns. In the present research, a MPC design framework based on a neural network model will be developed. The performance as well as feasibility of the developed MPC design framework for reactive distillation columns will be investigated. At the same time, a first principle modeling technique for reactive distillation columns will be developed in order to further improve the robustness as well as the performance of the developed MPC framework. This MPC design framework consists of the nonlinear system identification based on either the neural-network or the first principle model, the state estimation based on the extended kalman filter (EKF), and the evaluation of the optimal control based on the successive quadratic programming (SQP).

Cost Allocation Framework for Natural Gas Processes:

The objective of the present research is the systematic development of a cost allocation framework based on the design benefit method for natural gas processes. As the design benefit method requires the individual numerical representation of all equipments in a natural gas process, a rigorous equipment modeling technique characterized by the virtual flows and the polynomial models is developed. As the cost allocation results can be automatically and promptly evaluated by the developed cost allocation framework through the integration of Matlab and Aspen Plus, its application can be extended to large-scale processes. Also, a new genetic algorithm, which is appropriate to solve optimization problems directly employing process simulators as a process model, is developed for optimization problems taking into account the cost allocation of a process.

Neural Network Modeling for a Food Extrusion Process:

The design of advanced process control, monitoring and diagnostics systems for food extrusion processes has not been actively pursued because of the inherent properties of extrusion processes, such as nonlinear characteristics, the considerable variability of raw material, and sensitivity to seasonal variation and market conditions. In order to develop reliable and well-performing advanced process monitoring and diagnostic systems for achieving improved product quality and cost-effective operation, the neural network-based modeling technique for an industrial extrusion cooking process is developed. The comparison of the model testing results using real process data showed that the neural network-based modeling technique not only is superior to the statistical response surface modeling (RSM) technique, but also has the ability to deal with complex and high-dimensional systems and capture their steady state behavior.