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This paper describes the Formentor system, a real-time expert system which offers on-line decision support to operators of complex plants faced with unusual and potentially hazardous situations. The overall background and philosophy of the Formentor system as well as its essential functionalities are described. A pilot application for an extractive distillation unit of a petrochemical plant is then presented with emphasis on the techniques and models being used. This includes in particular a description of the structural, functional and behavioural models of the plant which support many of the required functionalities of a Formentor system. Finally, the distributed and object oriented software architecture is illustrated.

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Authors: NORDVIK J P, JRC Ispra (IT);WILIKENS M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IRTICS'93, Madrid (ES), October 5-7, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37809 ORA
Record Number: 199311275 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en