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Final report on Contract No 7210-PR/076, 1 July 1998 to 31 December 2001.

The objectives of this project have been to develop and apply artificial intelligence and expert system (AI/EX) methods to improve the control and operational performance of steelworks' pollution control equipment and to assess the viability and benefits of using such systems in dynamic process plant applications. Four distinct sub-projects were carried out:

- An expert system incorporating knowledge-based rules and neural network simulations has been developed by Corus which provides plant personnel with a real-time condition monitoring tool for the plant. Abnormalities with plant operation are now instantly recognised and alarmed, allowing prioritised maintenance to increase plant availability.

- The LECES project focused on studies concerning three different sites in order to evaluate predictive emission monitoring systems using neural networks to replace conventional instrumentation and controls in steelworks' combustion systems.

- VAI developed a software template for pollution control expert systems to demonstrate the transferability of AI/EX technology. This has been done through the development of a validated process database containing data from the Corus sub-project and the subsequent integration of this data with dynamic emission models to produce rules for input to an evaluation database.

- CSM developed a fuzzy logic controlled process management system applied to the biological treatment of coke-oven wastewater. A pilot plant has been installed and results on simulations performed using the fuzzy logic system linked to a neural network simulator show that it is possible to obtain great advantages in the biological pilot plant performance.

Additional information

Authors: SCHOFIELD N, Corus UK Ltd, Rotherham (GB);LE LOUER P, LECES, Maizières-lès-Metz (FR);MIRABILE D, CSM, Rome (IT);HUBNER R, Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau, Linz (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20501 EN (2002), pp.153. Euro: 23.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20501-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4387-1
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