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Dynamic simulation and

control of direct rotary dryers
J. R. Pkez-Correa, *: F. Cubillos,+ E. Zavala,+
C. Shene* and P. I. Alvarez+
Adaptive and conventional control of a direct rotary dryer has been assessed
through simulations. A dynamic model of the process was developed specifically
for this purpose. The model is based on mass and energy balances and includes
a drying kinetic derived from mass transfer principles. In the modelling process,
ten discrete perjectly mixed elements were considered for the dyer with each
containing four difSerentia1 equations. A well tuned discrete PID and an adaptive
algotithm were used to control the outlet solid humidity. Both controllers can
regulate the controlled variable for diRerent disturbances, although the adaptive
controller is more eflective. 0 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved
Keywords: dynamic modelling; water content control; temperature control; adaptive control

NOMENCLATURE h Humid enthalpy of moist solids, kJ kg-’

ho Lifter volume per drum length, rn,’ m- ’
Lower case letters h, Heat transfer coefficient, kJ s- ’ “C ’ m -3
Parameters of a linear dynamic model 4 ’ Delay operator
a,, 6,
b Parameter of drying model t Time, s
Specific heat of dry air at constant pres- 4 Average falling time of the particles in the
sure, kJ kg ’ “Cm ’ drum, s
c, Specific heat of dry solid, kJ kg ’ “C ’ s Slope of the drum, mm ’
c,, Specific heat of wet air at constant volume, U Manipulated variable
kJ kg ’ “C ’ U, Positive roots
Specific heat of liquid water, kJ kg ’ “C ’ V, Axial solid velocity, m sm’
c/z Specific heat of wet solid, kJ kg ’ “C ’ v,: Axial gas velocity, m s 1
C “c Specific heat of dry air at constant volume, Y Measured variable
kJ kg ’ “Cm’
C Pb Specific heat of vapour at constant pres- Upper cuse letters
sure, kJ kg ’ “C ’ A Drum cross section, m2
Specific heat of vapour at constant volume, A, Parameter in drying model
kJ kg ‘“C ’ A.5 Heat transfer area, rn’
Average particle diameter, m B, Biot number
e Control error, kg kg- ’ D Drum diameter, m
D,, Effective diffusivity, m2 s ’
*Departamento dc Ingcnieria Quimica y Bioprocesos, Pontif- -6, Parameter in drying model, K
icia Universidad Catcilica de Chile, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Fourier number (D,#/R2)
Chile, +Departamento dc Ingenieria Quimica, Univcrsidad de
Santiago de Chile, Casilla 10233, Correo central, Santiago, G Mass flowrate of dry air, kg s ’
Chile and *Departamcnto de Ingcnicria Quimica, Univer- H Humid enthalpy of gas phase, kJ kg- ’
sidad dc La Frontcra, Casilla 54-D, Tcmuco, Chile. 6To H,., Enthalpy of saturated vapour, kJ kg- ’
whom all correspondence should be addrcsscd. K Proportional gain

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Parameter of drying model, s ’ control plays a key role in improving process opera-
Mass flowrate of dry solid, kg s ’ tion and product quality. However, long response
Lifter length, m delays and dead times, the variable composition of
Drying velocity, kg kg s ’ raw materials and lack of adequate on-line instru-
Number of lifters in the upper half of the mentation are all factors that hinder the development
drum and implementation of efficient control systems for
NR Rotation speed, s ’ direct rotary dryers.
Nu, Nusselt number Now that it is simple and inexpensive to implement
R Particle radius, m sophisticated algorithms in computers, it is possible
Rep Reynolds number to overcome many of the difficulties, to a degree, by
T Temperature, K using advanced control algorithms. In order to test
7” Reference temperature for internal the effectiveness and limitations of such algorithms, it
energy, K has become convenient to develop a simulator that
7-d Derivative time, s can reproduce the main dynamic characteristics of
T, Integral time, s the process.
TO Reference temperature for variable diffu- The modelling of a rotary dryer includes mass and
sivity model, K energy balances applied to a process that exhibits the
T,, Sample time, s combined effects of mass and heat transfer. There
U‘, Heat transfer volumetric coefficient, are several published papers that deal with steady
kJs-’ “C-1 m-7 state modelling of a rotary dryer. These models are
u Vapour internal energy, kJ kg ’ used to predict humidity and temperature profiles of
X Dry base solid moisture content, kg kg ’ both phases inside the dryer. They differ in the way
xc, Dry base initial solid moisture content, the drying kinetic, the retention time and the heat
kg kg~m’ transfer are described (Shofield and Glikin, 1962;
X* Dry base equilibrium solid moisture Kamke and Wilson, 1986; Shene et al., 1996).
content, kg kg -’ However, there are few papers dealing with dynamic
Y Dry base gas moisture content, kg kg ’ modelling of rotary dryers. Among the latter we
Z Axial distance, m should mention the paper of Balchen and MumeC
(1988), where four partial hyperbolic differential
Greek letters equations are obtained.
h Vaporisation enthalpy at T = T”, kJ kg ’ While this mode1 used a constant drying velocity it
P Ts+To, K did not include varying the solids’ flowrate. The equa-
Y D,,lR=, s ’ tions were solved with a finite difference method.
62 Length of a discrete element, m Tihua (1986) developed a dynamic model to study
& Internal energy change due to vaporiza- the performance of an adaptive Dahlin controller.
tion, kJ kJJ’ The model also includes four partial differential
+ Retention time, s equations, but with constant coefficients for heat and
PR Apparent density of the solid, kg mm.’ mass transfer; the method of lines was used to solve
P,J Particle density, kg m 3 the equations. Najim (1989a) and Wood et al. (1986)
analyzed the performance of advanced adaptive
Subscripts controllers also using phenomenological models.
k-l Inlet in dryer mode1 However, these models include simplified mass and
k Outlet in dryer model; time interval in heat transfer relations that are of limited applicability
discrete control algorithm in practice. This is especially true when the solid has
g Gas phase heterogeneous characteristics, like fish meal or other
s Solid phase products of biological origin.
This work, like the articles mentioned above, also
Superscripts deals with the dynamic modelling and control of
d Delay time rotary dryers. However, it includes several new
n Order of a linear dynamic model features, like varying solids’ flowrate, drying kinetic
obtained from first principles and the evaluation of
an extended horizon adaptive controller (Perez-
INTRODUCTION Correa et al., 1995) with the latter particularly suit-
able for processes with large and varying dead times.
Rotary dryers are usually employed to dry large
volumes of economically significant products, such as
fish meal and mineral concentrate. The complexity of MODELLING
the interaction among mass, heat and momentum
transfer phenomena, make it very difficult in practice The model is obtained from dynamic mass and
to operate a direct rotary dryer well. Automatic energy balances applied upon a discrete element of

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Folids average residence time

Alvarez and Shene (1994) developed a model for
residence time using data obtained in a 3 m long pilot
rotary dryer of 0.3 m diameter. This model considers
both the feedstock physical properties and the drum
0.0~659.d~;“~2.p~“‘” 41 l.d~ll.Oh5.,,~Kl2
+= +
SOLID F.NR(18.95s+ 1) 27.22.~ + 1
Figure 1 Control volume for mass and energy balances
6 5.G” 5

the dryer (see Figure I). In addition, the following (5)

design simplifications are included:
where s is the slope of the drum (m m-l), d,. (m) is
adiabatic dryer
the average particle diameter; pe (kg m - ‘) is the
negligible radial gradients
apparent density; F is the dry solids flowrate (kg s-l),
constant average residence time of solids along
G is the gas flowrate (kg s- ‘) and NR is the rotation
the drum
speed (rotations s-l).
negligible radiation, diffusion and conduction
constant gas hold-up Physical properties
Humid heat of moist solids:
constant physical properties
negligible pressure drops c,, = c, +xc,, (6)
Humid enthalpy of moist solids (dry basis):
Mass and energy balances
h = c,,T, (7)
Applying mass and energy balances to both phases in
a discrete element of volume, as shown in Figure I, Saturated vapour enthalpy based on liquid water at
the following equations can be obtained for each ‘k’ 0°C:
element (Cubillos, 1992): H,., = c,,T,+ h.Y (8)
Solid moisture content, X: Specific heat of wet gas at constant volume:
c, = c,<+c,:Y (9)
(1) Enthalpy of wet gas:

Gas humidity, Y: H = (c,+Yc,,,) T,+h.Y (10)

Internal energy of vapour:
(2) U, = c,,(T-~‘)+E*Y (11)

Solid temperature, T,: Heat transfer coefficient

The modelling of heat transfer in cascading rotary
dryers, can be approached using an average heat
hd transfer coefficient for all the suspended particles at a
given instant within the drum. Shofield and Glikin
(1962) defined a heat transfer coefficient, h,, using
(3) the following equation:
Q, = h, A, AL,. (12)
Gas temperature, T,: Langrish et al. (1988) estimated the heat transfer
area, A,, using a mass balance on the material
entering the upper half of the drum, resulting in:

A, = N,.h,,*p,,N,.t,.L;p (13)
(4) p,a&
In rotary dryers the amount of gas that bypasses
Note that for the gas phase a dynamic enthalpy the solid particles may be significant, especially for
balance is inappropriate (Denn, 1986). A dynamic small ones. Under this condition, it is reasonable to
internal energy balance has to be used instead use the heat transfer relationship proposed by Kunii
(Perez-Correa and Farias, 1995). and Levenspiel (1991) for fluidized beds:

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0.25 Table 1 Operating variables and parameters of the pilot rotary

I . Data I l

0.20 -0.03.R:;,, Mean particle diameter 0.0012 m

0.034.Re I * Particle density 12OOkgm ’
Dry solid flowrate 0.017kgs ’
015 Inlet solid moisture content 0.27 (kg of water)/(kg of dry solid)
. Inlet solid temperature 50 “C
z Inlet flowrate of dry air 0.0304 kg K ’
. 1
0.10 Inlet air moisture content 0.005 (kg of water)/(kg of dry air)
Inlet air temperature 150°C
. 1. .
. Drum diameter 0.3 m
0.05 . Rotation velocity 9 rpm
Drum length 3m
Solids residence time 480 s
0.00 I I
10 20 30 40 50 60
Figure 2 Validation of heat transfer coefficient correlation
F,, = Fourier number = D$ (19)
Nu I’ = 0 .03 Re”’I’ (14)
In the present model, the ‘experimental’ value of Zavala and Moya (1994) calibrated the variable
Nu,, was obtained from an energy balance in each diffusivity drying kinetic model, with experimental
section of the drum (Zavala and Moya, 1994). Figure data obtained in a pilot rotary dryer (Table I) with
2 compares the values of Nu,, obtained from energy soy meal as the substrate. It was found that the
balances with those given by the fluidized beds corre- effective diffusivity (D,,) follows an Arrehnius type
lation. It can be seen that the data show too much function, as suggested in Crank (1975):
dispersion, caused by measurement difficulties.
However, the least square fit of the experimental
) = K,, exp( -; ) (20)
values gives a slope slightly different (0.034) from
that of the Kunii and Levenspiel correlation (0.03).
Moreover, if those experimental values that deviate In order to calibrate this model properly, several
more are not consider in the least square fit, the experiments were carried out where operating condi-
slope gets quite close to 0.03. Given this, it seems tions, such as inlet air temperature, inlet air flowrate,
reasonable to apply equation (14) to estimate the inlet solid water content and inlet solid flowrate, were
heat transfer coefficient in the rotary dryer model. varied over a wide range (Zavala and Moya, 1994).
Measurements were taken at steady state every 30 cm
Drying kinetics along the length of the drum. As an example, Figure
3 shows the steady state profiles for T, = 25O”C,
Two drying models based on mass transfer principles T, = 24”C, L = 0.0202 kg s ‘, G = 0.076 kg s-’ and
were used here; the variable diffusivity model and the X=0.477kgkg~‘.
combined resistance model (Shene et al., 1996). Both In the drying kinetics model (equation (18)), the
models were successfully applied in describing the coefficient h was set to - 10, which yielded a reason-
drying kinetics of a wide spectrum of particulate solid able approximation over a wide range of operating
materials. conditions. The Arrehnius type model for y (equation
Combined resistance’s model: 20) was fitted with ‘experimental’ data for different

N= --$ =6(&,-X*) i A,ufe-ufF,,
,=I (15)

A = (SW,) -w COS(~,))~
’ d,(u, - sin(u,) cos(u,))
and U, the positive roots of the equation,
U, = (1 -B,) tan(u,) (17)
Variable diffusivity model:

(18) +x +Ts+Tg
Figure3 Experimental steady state profiles in the Pilot Rotary
with, Dryer

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-6.0 -
mainly through water evaporation from saturated
surfaces, the gas flowrate will strongly influence the
-6.6 .__.______;. . . . . . ..i i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i ._._._..; __......
moisture content of the product due to changes in
both the heat and mass transfer surface coefficients.
However, if the water has to diffuse from within the
particle, the gas flowrate will not appreciably affect
the moisture content of the product. The majority of
industrial fish meal dryers, for example, use the inlet
-8.4 _......___; . . . .._.. i ._._._..i _----.-. . . . . . . ---.-.-.. gas temperature indirectly as an input variable, by
manipulating the fuel flowrate (JerCz and Peters,
-9.0 T 1990).
26 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 It is assumed, in this paper, that the inlet gas
B temperature is manipulated directly and the solid
moisture content is measured on-line.
o data - model 1
Figure 4 Calibration of drying kinetic model Control algorithms
solid temperatures as shown in Figure 4. Here, the Two digital control algorithms were tested, a PID and
‘experimental’ value of y was obtained from the inte- an extended horizon selftuning regulator (PCrez-
gration of equation (18), using a value of b = - 10 Correa et al., 1995). The PID is the most widely used
and measured values of X. The calibration param- control algorithm in the process industry, and is
eters were K,] = 1.066 [s- ‘1 and E, = 2440 [K]. particularly useful in controlling linear systems with
The dynamic model of the rotary dryer, which non varying dynamics (constant process gain and time
includes all of the above equations, describes the response). The control action is computed in an ideal
evolution over time of the following variables: X, Y, PID according to;
T, and T,. Table I displays the specifications of the
pilot rotary dryer. Through trial and error, it was de (4
e(t)dt+ T,,- (21)
determined that a model deploying 10 discrete dt
elements could represent the behaviour of the rotary
dryer sufficiently accurately (Zavala and Moya, 1994), where u is the manipulated variable (inlet gas
without consuming too much computing time. temperature) and e the output error (X,-X,,,). Here,
the design is restricted to finding appropriate values
of the control parameters K,, T, and T,, and is known
CONTROL as control tuning. However, as this algorithm cannot
be directly implemented in a digital computer, equa-
Manipulated and control variables tion (21) is discretized giving the following algorithm;
There are several strategies for automatic control of
direct rotary dryers. Inlet gas temperature, gas flow-
rate, solids feedrate and rotation velocity of the drum
can be considered as manipulated variables. The
usual control objective is the product moisture (22)
content. However, it is seldom measured on line. where T,, is the sample time and the subscript k
Other plausible output objectives are the outlet gas refers to the time interval.
temperature and humidity, and outlet solid Normal industrial processes are non linear and
temperature. exhibit varying dynamics. As a result, the PID algo-
Under normal operation, the solids’ feedrate and rithm does not always work properly and requires
rotation velocity is fixed by the operator in order to periodic tuning. In these situations adaptive control-
avoid overheating resulting from poor solid/gas lers would perform better, as they follow the process
contact. In addition, these inputs affect the controlled dynamics through using on line estimation of model
variables too slowly. Consequently, these are rarely parameters. An adaptive controller consists of a
used as manipulated variables. Although the gas flow- process model, a control algorithm and a recursive
rate is easily manipulated and has a strong and fast parameter estimation. A typical process model is of
effect in the output variables, it is also not normally the form;
used as a manipulated variable. This is because its Nq ‘>yl = B(q--‘)u, (23)
operating range depends on the characteristics of the
solids, and therefore a fluidynamic analysis has to be where y is the observed variable, u is the input vari-
performed to estimate the quantity of particles able, k refers to the time interval and q-’ is a delay
discharged by the gas. Furthermore, the effect of the operator (q ‘yI =yk~ ,). A and B are polynomials in
gas flowrate on the output variables is highly 9 ‘;
dependent on the drying mechanism. If drying occurs A(q ‘)= l+a,q-‘+ag2+...+a,,q -‘I (24)

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B(q-‘) =q-“(b,+bq-‘+...+h,,q-~‘I”) (25) sensitivity analysis (Zavala and Moya, 1994), showed
the highly non-linear characteristics of the process,
The data used in this model can be the full value with three fold variations in some parameter values
of the variables or the difference between the present (see Table 3).
and past values. In the first case, the model is called To compare the performance of the control algo-
positional while in the second it is called incremental. rithms mentioned above, the simulated controlled
There are several control laws that can be used in process was subjected to three consecutive step
adaptive control, however an extended horizon disturbances in those variables, that from industrial
controller is easy to use and robust to disturbances experience, most affect the operation of the dryer.
and variable time delays, as shown in Kershenbaum Hence, inlet solids flowrate, moisture content, the
and Perez-Correa (1989). The basic idea is to obtain velocity inside the drum (which represents changes in
an output predictor and then select a control particle size distribution) and set point changes were
sequence that drives the output to the reference at a considered, as shown in Table 4. Other perturbations
pre-specified future time. If the parameters of the like inlet solid temperature, physical properties (Cp,
output predictor model are directly estimated on-line, density, etc.) or gas flowrate, were not considered
the control algorithm is called implicit. On the other here as they do not cause control problems or are
hand, if the parameters of the output predictor model almost constant under normal operation.
are calculated from on-line estimates of the process Control performance was measured using the
model parameters, the algorithm is known explicit. following indices;
In this work, a recursive least squares with variable
forgetting factor (Fortescue et al., 1981) is used for Summation Time Absolute Error
parameter estimation, and an explicit/incremental 6sman
= STAE = ,;, k.ABS(e,) (26)
extended horizon algorithm for control computation.
A brief version of this controller is given in the
Appendix; a complete derivation can be found in Summation Square Error
k “I.,\
Jadrijevic (1991). The algorithm has three tuning = SSE= 1 e’,
k=, (27)
parameters: the model order, the control horizon and
the memory length of the estimator.
Summation Square Control U
The tuning of the PID parameters was based on I l”ilX
the classic ultimate response rule to obtain a first = ssu = ,;, (L&-24- ,)L G-9
approximation, and then adjusted by trial and error
with the simulator. Although the tuned parameters Table 5 gives the values of the normalized control
do not produce tight control, they ensure stable indices for all the simulation runs.
operation for all kinds of disturbances. The adaptive Figure 5 shows the evolution of controlled and
controller was tuned by increasing the model order manipulated variables for both the system controlled
and the time horizon from 1 on, until proper control with PID and that with an adaptive controller, under
was achieved. Next, the memory length was varied disturbances in the solids’ feedrate. The adaptive
from 10 7 to lo-“, and an optimum value was finally controller (AC) keeps the output closer to the refer-
selected. An average step response time in the actual ence, but requires stronger control action. The first
pilot dryer is T, = 800 s, and consequently an disturbance causes a deviation in the output with the
adequate sample time was found to be 100 s (Najim, PID control mode that is not observed with the adap-
1989b). Table 2 summarizes the control parameters tive mode. For the other two disturbances, the PID
used in the simulations. mode generates larger output deviations than the
adaptive mode. The control action appears much
stronger with the adaptive controller. The indices
RESULTS (Table 5) confirm what is seen in the figure; the error
indices (STAE, SSE) are, respectively, four and eight
It was found that the model reproduced the main times higher for the PID and the control index (SSU)
features of the observed process dynamics well, those is six times higher for the adaptive algorithm.
such as the inverse rlsponse in the water content of The most difficult disturbance to attenuate is the
the outlet solid stream. On the other hand, a model inlet solid moisture content, where input and output
responses are given in Figure 6. Here the adaptive
Table 2 Tuning paramctcrs
controller clearly outperforms the PID, with consider-
PI11 ably smaller overshoots and shorter settling times.
Y 500 kg/(kg “C) ’
T, 100 5
Again, the cost that must be paid is that of stronger
T, loo s control action. The error indices are three times
Adaptive lower for the adaptive controller and the control
N 2 action index is eight times higher.
771 3 Figure 7 shows the system response for disturb-
z,. 10 ’
ances in solids’ velocity. Here the adaptive controller

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Table 3 Transfer function parameters for inlet air tcmpcrature disturbance

output (I (s) T (s) K [kg/(kg “C) ‘1

X 27.5<0<44.1 8Y.4<r<l63.1 -5.05~10 l<K< -2.99.10 ’

Y 1.4<0<2.4 23.h<r<83.6 0.18~10 ‘<K<2.09~10 ’
T 4.1<11<9.9 3’).4<r<Y7.1 0.16<K<O.54
TV 1.0<0<2.4 3Y.Y<s<8X.2 0.24 < K < 0.65

0.22 450
keeps the output closer to the reference than the
PID, specially after the first disturbance. However,
the PID controller responds smoothly and the adap-
tive controller very actively. According to Table 5, the
error indices are 2-3 times lower and the control
index is over 10 times higher with the adaptive algo- B ijl
rithm compared with the PID. 3 0.16 250 e
25 P
As shown in Figure 8, both controllers respond well X
for set point tracking. Although, the control action 0.14

with the adaptive algorithm looks more oscillatory. 150

There is no clear difference between the algorithms 0.12

in terms of output regulation, In Table 5 the PID

exhibits a 15% higher STAE index, a 10% lower SSE 0 10 50
0 25 50 75 100 125 150
index and a 20% lower SSU index than the adaptive Time [min]
Figure 6 Outlet solid m&ture control under inlet solld moisture
Table 4 Apphcd disturbances

Input Dlsturbancc 1 Disturhancc 2 IXsturbance 3

L 0.020 0.0150 0.017 0.22 450

X 0.30 0.23 0.27 PID

0.20 -AC
k 0.00830
0.150 0. IYO
O.OOf~25 0.1 x2
0.18 +
s 0”
mu 0.16 250 e
Table 5 Normalized control performance indlces Y l-

Input PlD Adaptwe

3 STAE SSE ssu STAE SSE ssu 0.12

L 0.33 1 0.222 O.OI 5 0.077 0.027 O.OYh

X l.(HK~ 1 .ooo 0.124 0.301 0.313 1 .ooo 0.10 ' 1 50
Ii 0.157 0.020 O.007 0.059 0.020 0.101 0 25 50 75 100 125 150
Set point 0.467 0.X67 0.305 0.406 0.Y52 0.482 Time [min]
Figure 7 Outlet solid moisture control under inlet solid velocity

0.22 450
0.18 350
c1) 0.16 250 E
25 I- 0”
X 250 &
0.14 I-
0.12 150

0.10 50
0 25 50 75 100 125 150 50
Time [min] 0 25 50 Timlimb] 100 125 150
Figure 5 Outlet solid moisture control under inlet solid flowratc
disturbances Figure 8 Outlet solid moisture cwtrol under set point disturbances

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CONCLUSIONS Najim, K. (1989a) Modelling and learning control of a rotary

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The authors wish to thank the support received by The explicit/incremental extended horizon selftuning
FONDECYT through projects 344/92 and 640/93. regulator
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Control computations IX= Ii‘I’ k,f;, Vi = l...n+2T,,-2;

Au, =Y:+?;,- Y, r= Min{i-l,T,,-1); p = Max{O,i-n-T,,+l}

;K =y,+ ,=I
i a,Ayy,,+,-,
IL;. ,-I
,r+T,,- I fi = l- ,&%-,L Vi= l...T,I-l;pi=Max{i,n);
+ C PT,,+,Au~--r
fh= 1
@,= - ,=,c a&,,+,
~,-I> Vi= l...n; y* is the set point, Y is the predicted output based on
present data, and ol,‘s and p,‘s are the control
qi = Min{n,T,, - 1 +i} parameters.

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