Community-based synthesis of distributed control architectures for integrated process networks

Sujit Suresh Jogwar, Prodromos Daoutidis

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In this paper, we propose a graph-theoretic framework for designing architectures for distributed control. Specifically, the popular concept of community structure is used to decompose an integrated network into multiple sub-networks with minimum interactions. The state space of the network is represented as an equation graph (directed). Communities identified on this graph represent sub-controllers for the distributed control system. A quality measure ‘interactivity’ is defined to compare such decompositions. The proposed method has many advantages (e.g. possibility of non-square controllers, provision to ensure controllability and observability, scalability, etc.) over existing approaches. The effectiveness of the proposed framework is illustrated via several industrially relevant examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-443
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering Science
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Partial financial support for this work by the National Science Foundation, CBET and the Government of India Department of Science and Technology (DST) INSPIRE scheme is gratefully acknowledged.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Community structure
  • Distributed control
  • Graph theory
  • Integrated networks
  • Multivariable control


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