Linking Scheduling to Control in an Oil Refinery

Edwin Zondervan*, Jaap D.J. Hoekstra, Simme D.P. Flapper, André B. de Haan

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In earlier work we have developed and tested a scheduling [4] and planning model [5] in the AIMMS software. In this follow-up contribution we will develop a model that can be used to blend crudes from the storage tanks to the right API's required for the CDU's. This so called control level model optimizes the refinery activities at a shorter time scale than the scheduling model, typically at the minutes to hour scales. We will make a first step to identify the information flow between the scheduling model and the control level model. Especially the development of the crude oil layering constraints in the tanks is brought under the attention. With case studies we further demonstrate how the model works.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-891
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE 2012 - University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jun 201220 Jun 2012
Conference number: 22


  • Control
  • Oil refinery
  • Optimization
  • Scheduling


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