Head of the laboratory: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Andreas Kugi
Start: 01 January 2014
In the CD-Laboratory for Model-Based Process Control in the Steel Industry, scientists solve challenging control problems in the areas Hot Strip Rolling and Strip Processing. The CD-Laboratory is a cooperation between the Automation & Control Institute (ACIN) of Vienna University of Technolgy and the steel manufacturer voestalpine Stahl GmbH. For voestalpine Stahl GmbH, excellence and innovative power in process control are both important competitive advantages and sustainable values.
The CD-Laboratory integrates basic research in mathematical modeling, systems theory, and advanced process control methods as well as applied research activities that transfer the developed methods to real-world process control problems in the steel industry. The theoretical research agenda of the CD-laboratory covers first-principles modeling in multiple physical domains, numerical and model reduction techniques, integrated mechatronics design, analysis of complex dynamical systems, distributed parameter systems, optimal parameter and state estimation, advanced nonlinear process control, and optimization-based control. The implementation of the developed control solutions on dedicated hardware and their verification by means of pilot installations in voestalpine’s real plants are considered as integral parts of the control design process.