Mihaela Sbarciog

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In this paper, the influence of microbial growth kinetics on the number and the stability of steady states for a nitrogen removal process is addressed. A two-step nitrification model is studied, in which the maximum growth rate of ammonium oxidizers is larger than the one of nitrite oxidizers. This model describes the behavior of a SHARON reactor for the(More)
Material or fluid transportation is a commonly encountered phenomenon in industrial applications, generating variable time delay that makes the design of feedback control loops more difficult. This paper investigates the applicability of MPC (Model Predictive Control) strategies to this type of processes. The experimental setup consists of a heated tank, of(More)
The paper deals with the design of a predictive controller for a wastewa-ter treatment process. In the considered process, the wastewater is treated in order to obtain an effluent having the substrate concentration within the standard limits established by law (below 20 mg/l). This goal is achieved by controlling the concentration of dissolved oxygen to a(More)
This study considers the problem of manipulating in an optimal way the perfusion and bleed flow rates of a continuous culture of hybridoma cells, so as to achieve a fast transient start-up and reject potential disturbances. The proposed solution makes use of an analysis of the properties of the steady state solutions of the nonlinear dynamic model of the(More)
This paper presents an optimizing start-up strategy for a bio-methanator. The goal of the control strategy is to maximize the outflow rate of methane in anaerobic digestion processes, which can be described by a two-population model. The methodology relies on a thorough analysis of the system dynamics and involves the solution of two optimization problems:(More)
This paper presents the estimation of the unknown states and inputs of an anaerobic digestion system characterized by a two-step reaction model. The estimation is based on the measurement of the two substrate concentrations and of the outflow rate of biogas and relies on the use of an observer, consisting of three parts. The first is a generalized(More)
In this study, a multivariable control structure is developed to simultaneously control the concentrations of cells and of one of the nutrients in an animal cell cultivation system operated in perfusion. A cascade control structure is considered consisting of (i) an inner loop with a partially linearizing feedback controller, tuned so as to ensure(More)
This paper presents an effective and robust structure for the estimation and control of perfusion cell cultures, in which the cells and glucose concentrations are simultaneously controlled by manipulating the dilution and bleed rates. Firstly, a partially linearizing feedback controller is designed to ensure an approximately linear decoupled dynamics(More)
This paper presents the bifurcation analysis of an anaerobic digestion model, which includes hydrogen production along with methane production. Analytical expressions of the equilibria are given and the conditions for their occurrence are provided. The analytical developments are validated by means of bifurcation diagrams built with specialized continuation(More)