We introduced the gravity drained tanks process in a previous article and established that it displays a self regulating behavior. We also learned that it exhibits a nonlinear behavior, though to a lesser degree than that of the heat exchanger.
Our control objective is to maintain liquid level in the lower tank at set point in spite of unplanned and unmeasured disturbances. The controller will achieve this by manipulating the inlet flow rate into the upper tank.
To proceed, we follow our controller design and tuning recipe:
|1.||Establish the design level of operation (DLO), defined as the