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Int. J. Robust Nonlinear Control 2005; 15:635–643

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process control, theory and application, is generalized for the SISO systems. Chapter 2
Jean-Pierre Corriou, Springer, London, U.K., introduces the concept of the linear feedback
2004, xx + 752 pp, ISBN 1-85233-776-1 control. A brief discussion of the general hard-
ware components in a typical PID feedback
The contents of the book Process Control, Theory control loop is discussed. The effect of the various
and Application written by Professor Jean-Pierre modes of a PID controller on the closed loop
Corriou of Ecole Nationale Superieur des Industries performance for first- and second-order systems is
Chimiques Nancy, France truly reflects its title. The demonstrated. Stability analysis is expanded in
book covers all the relevant topics in the control Chapter 3 both in the s-domain and in the in the
theory and contains a wide range of application time domain. The direct method of Lyapunov is
topics. The book is organized in 6 parts. Parts I, II, introduced. Routh Hurwitz criterion, root-locus
III and some sections of Parts IV and V are diagram and a brief description of the stability in
appropriate for an undergraduate course in che-
the frequency domain are discussed. Chapter 4
mical process control. The rest of the book deals
deals with the detail design criteria of the PID
with the topics suitable for a rich graduate course
controllers, internal model controllers, pole place-
in control theory. The book covers all the concepts
ment, and linear quadratic control. A pH control
of process control necessary for academicians and
system is discussed in detail as an example. The
industrial practitioners. The concepts are clearly
frequency analysis, first introduced in Chapter 3,
described to the extent necessary for easy compre-
is expanded in Chapter 5 and the Bode and
hension and implementation of the topics. The
Nyquist stability criteria are used as guidelines to
book is replete with a host of very relevant and
useful examples. The entire simulation examples design SISO feedback control systems. Some
are carried out in MATLAB. The only addition frequently occurring dynamic behaviours in che-
that would make the book ideal as an under- mical processes such as dead time and inverse
graduate and graduate textbook is a set of response are discussed in Chapter 6 and the
problems at the end of each chapter. methods to compensate for them are described.
Part I of the book introduces the basic concepts Alternative control algorithms such as cascade
in the chemical process modelling and control. control, selective control, split-range control and
Chapter 1 deals with the single-input single- feedforward control and its realizability are also
output (SISO) systems and the dynamic modelling discussed in this chapter. Chapter 7 introduces the
of such processes from a control engineer’s concepts of observability and controllability in the
viewpoint. First principle approach is used to state space domain.
develop models for typical chemical processes in Part II of the book deals with the multivariable
the state space domain. The chemical processes control and multi-input multi-output (MIMO)
considered are lumped-parameter processes, systems. Initially modelling of MIMO systems
staged processes, and distributed parameter sys- using the transfer function matrix is introduced
tems. The concepts of the degrees of freedom and and then Gershgorian circles, Niederlinski
stability are discussed. Reduction of the models to index, singular value decomposition and relative
linearized models and their transformation into gain array are used for the analysis and design
the Laplace domain are clearly demonstrated. The of the decouplers for the control of such systems.
transfer function model is introduced next with an The concept of robustness of multivariable
explanation of the effect and significance of systems is concisely and elegantly covered in the
system poles and zeros. The response of linear frequency domain and applied to a distillation
first- and second-order systems is discussed in column. The discrete internal model control
detail and the concept of the state space modelling (IMC) is presented for multivariable systems.

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Part III of the book is concerned with the multiple reference and partial reference model is
discrete-time process identification techniques. A discussed and applied to a chemical reactor. The
detail account of the Fourier transform in contin- concept of model predictive control (MPC),
uous and discrete modes is presented. The concept widely accepted in the chemical industry, and its
of sampling and the choice of the sampling period, predecessors the dynamic matrix control (DMC),
and filtering are introduced. The discretization of the quadratic dynamic matrix control (QDMC) in
continuous models to discrete models using the the state space domain are covered in Chapter 16.
z-transform is covered. Preliminary properties of Nonlinear QDMC is introduced. The detail
the z-transform and inverse z-transform are dis- description of a fluid catalytic cracking process
cussed. Non-parametric and parametric identifica- is presented and its model predictive control
tion principles are discussed in Chapter 10. Both simulation is elegantly discussed.
one-step and p-step prediction methodologies are Part V deals with the concept of nonlinear
introduced. Time series analysis of autoregressive control. Initially the nonlinear geometric control
moving average exogeneous (ARMAX) systems is is discussed and the concepts of the relative
discussed in Chapter 11. Parameter estimation in degree, zero dynamics and some notions of
the state space domain is introduced and the differential geometry are discussed. The principles
discrete Kalman filter is introduced. Linearization of feedback linearization, input–output lineariza-
of nonlinear models in the context of linear tion, and globally linearizing control are de-
parameter estimation theory is discussed and the scribed. The concepts are discussed in the
least squares method, weighted least squares context of both the monovariable and multi-
method, the maximum likelihood method, and variable systems. In Chapter 18, the concept of
the instrumental variable method are discussed. state observers is described. The principal com-
Recursive parameter estimation techniques includ- ponent analysis and the partial least squares are
ing the least squares, the generalized least squares, discussed. The various types of observers such as
the maximum likelihood, and the instrumental Luenberger, extended Kalman filter, globally
variable methods are derived in Chapter 12. The linearizing and high-gain observers are described.
robustness and validation of each technique is Part VI applies the concepts introduced in the
clearly demonstrated and a couple of examples are book to a selection of well-chosen chemical pro-
included to illustrate the highlights of each cesses with a wide variety of dynamic behaviours.
technique. This set of case studies is truly a very useful asset
Part IV of the book deals with the discrete-time for both the academicians and practicing control
control. The discrete SISO pole-placement engineers in industry. The nonlinear control of a
controller is described and its relation with the chemical reactor with state estimation and of a
state feedback controller is elucidated in Chapter biological reactor is discussed in Chapter 19. The
13. Digital PID and IMC are described and the dynamic modelling of a distillation column is
concept of adaptive controllers is introduced. presented in Chapter 20. Various control algo-
Chapter 14 deals with the optimal control. The rithms including a SISO feedback controller, a
variational method is first introduced. Weierstrass dual decoupling controller, the model predictive
and Hamilton–Jacobi conditions are described control and the nonlinear control are applied for
and the maximum principle of Pontryagin is the control of a distillation column. And finally in
introduced. Several examples are used to illustrate Chapter 21, the dynamic models of a series of
the application of the optimal control concepts chemical processes used as benchmark examples
and the numerical issues are discussed. The in the process control literature are presented.
dynamic programming is described and the linear
quadratic control is revisited. At the close of this SOHRAB ROHANI
chapter the discrete version of the linear quadratic Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering,
control is presented. Chapter 15 presents an The University of Western Ontario,
exquisite treatment of the generalized predictive London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B9
control (GPC), considers an illustrative example
and explores the relationship between the GPC
and the pole placement control. The GPC with (DOI: 10.1002/rnc.1006)

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