On Adaptive Optimal Input Design

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The problem of optimal input design (OID) for a fed-batch bioreactor case study is solved recursively. Here an adaptive receding horizon optimal control problem, involving the so-called E-criterion, is solved on-line, using the current estimate of the parameter vector at each sample instant {tk, k = 0, , N - h}, where N marks the end of the experiment and h is the control horizon for which the input design problem is solved. The optimal feed rate F(tk) thus obtained is applied and the observation y(tk+1) that becomes available is subsequently used in a recursive prediction error algorithm to find an improved estimate of the actual parameter estimate (tk). The case study involves an identification experiment with a Rapid Oxygen Demand TOXicity device (RODTOX) for estimation of the biokinetic parameters max and KS in a Monod type of growth model. It is assumed that the dissolved oxygen probe is the only instrument available, which is an important limitation. Satisfactory results are presented and compared to a naïve input design in which the system is driven by an independent binary random sequence. This comparison shows that the OID approach yields improved confidence intervals on the parameter estimates. © 2006 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2006
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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