On the development and implementation of knowledge-driven optimisation schemes: an application in non-isothermal reactor network synthesis

Victoria M. Ashley, Patrick Linke

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Knowledge driven optimisation has been developed in an attempt to overcome difficulties in applying existing reactor network synthesis methods to complex systems. Knowledge derived from kinetic relationships is applied to superstructure optimisation in the form of a customised rule-based Tabu Search where rules are used to guide optimisation decisions. Nonisothermal behaviour is represented using temperature profiles along the length of a reactor. Results show the method outperforms a standard Tabu Search both in solution quality and speed of convergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-180
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005



  • Knowledge driven optimisation
  • data mining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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