A chemical plant has a particular unit that is meant to combine several chemicals from a variety of input sources in order to provide a gaseous output (called “tailgas”) with a composition that is as constant as possible. In our particular case, this task is run by an assembly of 40 valves that are controlled by a computer that opens and closes them according to a well-balanced schedule. If the valves do not open and close according to schedule, or if they are either too fast or slow, or if they leak, then the tailgas composition is not constant and causes problems later on in the process. In this study, we demonstrate how to predict future problems and to identify the valves responsible for recurring problems in the composition of the tailgas.
For complete details on this case study, go to: Identifying and Predicting the Failure of Valves