Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications

Prashant Mhaskar, McMaster University
Jinfeng Liu, University of Alberta
Panagiotis D. Christofides, UCLA



261 p. 118 illus., 32 in color., Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4471-4808-1

About this book

    * Numerous comments and remarks provide fundamental understanding of 
fault detection and isolation and fault-tolerant control system design 
    * Many detailed examples of industrial relevance are easily tailored by 
practitioners to their specific applications
    * Gives the reader a rich collection of state-of-the art, rigorous yet 
practical methods, new research topics, and references to significant recent 
work on the design of integrated fault detection and isolation and fault-
tolerant control systems for chemical processes

Fault-Tolerant Process Control focuses on the development of general, yet 
practical, methods for the design of advanced fault-tolerant control 
systems; these ensure an efficient fault detection and a timely response to 
enhance fault recovery, prevent faults from propagating or developing into 
total failures, and reduce the risk of safety hazards. To this end, methods 
are presented for the design of advanced fault-tolerant control systems for 
chemical processes which explicitly deal with actuator/controller failures 
and sensor faults and data losses. Specifically, the book puts forward:

         a framework for  detection, isolation and diagnosis of actuator 
and sensor faults for nonlinear systems;

         controller reconfiguration and safe-parking-based fault-handling 

         integrated-data- and model-based fault-detection and isolation and 
fault-tolerant control methods;

         methods for handling sensor faults and data losses; and

         methods for monitoring the performance of low-level PID loops.

The methodologies proposed employ nonlinear systems analysis, Lyapunov 
techniques, optimization, statistical methods and hybrid systems theory and 
are predicated upon the idea of integrating fault-detection, local feedback 
control, and supervisory control. The applicability and performance of the 
methods are demonstrated through a number of chemical process examples.

Fault-Tolerant Process Control is a valuable resource for academic 
researchers, industrial practitioners as well as graduate students pursuing 
research in this area.

Content Level  Research

Keywords  Actuator and Sensor Malfunctions - Chemical Processes - Fault 
Detection and Isolation - Fault-tolerant Control - Nonlinear Systems

Panagiotis D. Christofides
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
Boelter Hall 5532-F
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1592