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Abstract

Incinerators are being used with increasing success to deal with organic waste and it is therefore appropriate to develop a method to manage their operational conditions. This is now made possible by the use of a software product (simulator) which can calculate the response of any incineration plant configuration to changes in the conditions imposed by the operator. The typical optimisation problem is that of maximising the waste treatment within the technical and structural limitations of the plant and complying with legal limits on emissions. With the help of the most modern statistical methods, an automatic data reconciliation and major error detection procedure is developed to verify the reliability of the measuring instruments. The objectives set are achieved by interfacing the simulator with a minimal level search program. The difficulty lies in drastically reducing calculation time to meet the needs of on-line applications. It is therefore necessary to simplify the model used, develop better research strategies and to apply optimisation methods already presented in existing studies. This report presents a comparison between the various algorithms and optimisation methods and suggests some improvements. A new method for the detection of major errors is also developed.

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Authors: MARIANO M, Politecnico di Milano (IT);NINI G, Politecnico di Milano (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15794 IT (1994) 243 pp., MF, ECU 25
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