Surrogate model generation using self-optimizing variables
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Original versionComputers and Chemical Engineering. 2018, 119 (2), 143-151. 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2018.08.031
This paper presents the application of self-optimizing concepts for more efficient generation of steady-state surrogate models. Surrogate model generation generally has problems with a large number of independent variables resulting in a large sampling space. If the surrogate model is to be used for optimization, utilizing self-optimizing variables allows to map a close-to-optimal response surface, which reduces the model complexity. In particular, the mapped surface becomes much “flatter”, allowing for a simpler representation, for example, a linear map or neglecting the dependency of certain variables completely. The proposed method is studied using an ammonia reactor which for some disturbances shows limit-cycle behaviour and/or reactor extinction. Using self-optimizing variables, it is possible to reduce the number of manipulated variables by three and map a response surface close to the optimal response surface. With the original variables, the response surface would include also regions in which the reactor is extinct.