PDE–Based Modelling and Control Strategies for Manufacturing Processes

This work aims to design boundary control strategies to solve demand tracking and backlog problems for manufacturing systems in terms of conservation laws coupled with ODEs in different network topologies. The OCPs are investigated in the dispersing and the merging networks. The problems are optimized utilizing open-loop optimal control based on the direct and the indirect approaches. The proposed approaches enable the solution of the OCPs. All of the approaches, in general, reach a local minima with similar behaviour that leads to the steady-state. The results analysis reveals that each method has its own distinct characteristics. The indirect methodology is characterized by excellent accuracy and minimal processing burden; yet, due to the information necessary to compute the gradient, it is a sensitive method. The ease of use and flexibility to any problem distinguishes the direct method. However, this approach takes substantially longer to achieve a solution when compared to the indirect method. Also, the AMPC was introduced to investigate demand tracking and backlog problems in the context of the complex network of production systems. The addressed network includes structures that are dispersing and merging. Furthermore, the appropriate way to handle the parameters of the AMPC for both control and prediction horizons is addressed. Moreover, the proposed AMPC provides for the solutions of demand tracking and backlog problems. In general, AMPC and traditional MPC attain local minima with similar behaviour that leads to steady-state convergence. When compared to a typical MPC, the AMPC's performance shows a considerable reduction in computational time. Additionally, because it provides a mathematical insight into the method's structure, the AMPC allows for great accuracy of optimal solutions. Finally, the AMPC is characterized by its robustness according to perturbation effects.


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