Integrated scheduling and dynamic optimization of network batch processes

Yunfei Chu, Fengqi You*

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We address the integration of scheduling and dynamic optimization for batch chemical processes. The processes can have complex network structures, allowing material splitting and mixing. The integrated problem is formulated as a mixed-integer dynamic optimization problem. To reduce the computational complexity, we develop a tailored and efficient decomposition method based on the framework of generalized Benders decomposition by exploiting the special structure of the integrated problem. The decomposed master problem is a scheduling problem with variable processing times and processing costs, as well as the Benders cuts. The primal problem comprises a set of separable dynamic optimization problems for the processing units. In comparison with the simultaneous method which solves the integrated problem by a general-purpose mixed-integer nonlinear programming solver, the proposed method can reduce computational times by orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479932726
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2014Jun 6 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2014 American Control Conference, ACC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR


  • Manufacturing systems
  • Optimal control
  • Optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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