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Nearest Neighbors Methods for Root Cause Analysis of Plantwide Disturbances

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Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE, United Kingdom, Eastman Chemical Company, Advanced Controls Technology Group, Kingsport, Tennessee 37662-5280, and Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
Cite this: Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2007, 46, 18, 5977–5984
Publication Date (Web):July 31, 2007
https://doi.org/10.1021/ie0614834
Copyright © 2007 American Chemical Society

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    Abstract

    In continuous chemical processes, disturbances travel along propagation paths in the direction of the control path or process flow. This article applies a method based on the nearest neighbors of embedded vectors to historical process data for the purpose of identifying the direction of propagation of disturbances. The resulting measure is sensitive to directionality even in the absence of an observable time delay. Its performance is studied in two industrial case studies, and default settings for the parameters in the algorithm are derived so that it can be applied in a large scale setting.

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     University College London.

     Eastman Chemical Company.

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     To whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel.:  020 7594 6622. E-mail:  [email protected].

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     Imperial College London.

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