Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Process Safety Analysis
Full Name: Mani Bhushan
Room No: 311, Chemical Engineering
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B.Tech., I.I.T. Bombay, 1997
Ph.D., I.I.T. Bombay, 2001
Postdoc, Purdue University, 2001-2002
Assistant Prof., University of Alberta, Canada, 2003-2005
A complete list of publications is available in this link.
Sensor Network Design
Choosing appropriate variables for measurement in the process is essential to a variety of tasks, such as process control, diagnosis, inventory management, process safety, and quality control, amongst others. The sensor network design problem is concerned with issues related to deciding which variables to be measured, the spatial location of the measurements (in case of distributed parameter systems), hardware redundancy (number of sensors used to measure any given variable), and sampling frequency of the chosen sensor. Currently, we are focusing on the tradeoff between issues such as accuracy, reliability and cost while designing sensor network problems. The problem has been posed as (implicit) multiobjective constrained optimization problem, and a systematically-tuned robust genetic algorithm is being used to solve the same. Another research effort is in the direction of understanding the tradeoff between the various sensor features for multirate systems in a state-space formulation (lumped parameter systems), and also for distributed parameter systems
Optimal Alarm Management
For reasons of process safety and optimality, in a chemical process, alarm thresholds are set for certain variables. When such a variable crosses its threshold, an alarm is generated informing the process operator of some abnormality in the process. This research involves the development of an alarm generation (which variables should generate an alarm and what should be their threshold) and operation strategy (detection and diagnosis of the process abnormality based on the observed alarms) in a stochastic framework which minimizes the expected loss or maximizes the expected profit obtained due to a particular alarm configuration. Further, most approaches in literature are based on univariate data. Formulation of this alarm management problem in a multivariate framework is also of interest.
Process Planning and Scheduling
The research interest in this area is to pose the process planning and scheduling problems in a multiobjective optimization framework, and generate the tradeoff between various issues (such as profitability versus inventory requirements). Another interest is in using smart enumeration techniques, such as constrained programming for generating all optimal solutions for some specific optimization problems.
Process Safety Analysis
The interest in this area is to automate the procedure of process safety analysis. In particular, use of �enhanced� digraph models (enhanced by considering time delay and time constants for various arcs) for this purpose is being investigated.
PhD TA Topics
Sensor network design using system level metrics
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