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SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROL OF POLYMER REACTIONS AND PROCESSING USING AUTOMATIC CONTINUOUS ONLINE MONITORING

United States Patent Application

20170212054
A1
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Manual and automatic methods and devices using a ACOMP system for active control of polymerization reaction processes. An ideal desired trajectory of one or more reaction and polymer characteristics can be established to produce a desired fmal polymer product with specified characteristics from a polymerization reaction process. A current reaction trajectory of a polymerization reaction process can be driven to an ideal or desired reaction trajectory. In a manual embodiment an operator can use ACOMP data to adjust process variables in order to drive the current reaction trajectory toward the ideal or desired reaction trajectory. In an automated mode a control program can use ACOMP data to make adjustments to process variables to drive the polymerization reaction process toward the desired trajectory as closely as possible either empirically or by solving the governing equations for the polymerization reaction process.
Reed, Wayne Frederick (New Orleans, LA), Drenski, Michael Felix (New Orleans, LA)
15/ 515,119
September 30, 2015
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-EE0005776, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.