Synthesis of Valve and Pump Operations in Complex Plants by Using Functional Modeling

Mengchu Song, Akio Gofuku, Morten Lind

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It is crucial to provide operators supports for operation planning in complex process plants. This paper presents an operation searching approach used for synthesis of valve and pump operations to establish specific pipe routes. Instead of modeling pipeline fragments, a functional modeling methodology called Multilevel Flow Modeling (MFM) is adopted to represent plant knowledge. Relying on causality feature of MFM, one can identify required state changes of specific functions in the model, and accordingly operations. Since relationships between functions, components, and operations are independent to the modeling object, these generic principles can be implemented into a rule-based reasoning system for inferring operational conditions of pipe routes, namely, operations. An example in the literature has been used to demonstrate the presented approach and application of the software.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event14th IFAC Symposium on Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human Machine Systems, HMS 2019 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: Sept 16 2019Sept 19 2019


  • Operation planning
  • functional modeling
  • multilevel flow modeling
  • operating procedure synthesis
  • process industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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