Genetic programming-based development of thermal runaway criteria

Alex Kummer, Tamás Varga, János Abonyi

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Common thermal runaway criteria (e.g., divergence criterion and the Maxi criterion) may predict a thermal runaway unreasonably as the Maximum Allowable Temperature (MAT) is not taken into account. This contribution proposes a method for the goal-oriented construction of reactor runaway criteria by Genetic Programming (GP). The runaway prediction problem is formulated as a critical equation-based classification task, and GP is used to identify the optimal structure of the equations that also take into account the MAT. To demonstrate the applicability of the method, tailored criteria were developed for batch and continuous stirred-tank reactors. The resultant critical equations outperform the well-known criteria in terms of the early and accurate indication of thermal runaways.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106582
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 5 2019


  • Criterion identification
  • Early warning
  • Equation discovery
  • Process safety
  • Safety criteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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