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A systems engineering framework for the design of bioprocess operator training simulators

Isimite, J; Baganz, F; Hass, V; (2019) A systems engineering framework for the design of bioprocess operator training simulators. In: Wang, Y, (ed.) Proceedings of the 2018 International Seminar on Food Safety and Environmental Engineering (FSEE 2018). EDP Sciences: Guangzhou, China. Green open access

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Abstract

Operator training simulators (OTS) are widely used in several industries including chemical processing, oil and gas, medicine, aircraft and nuclear facilities. However, developing a biorefinery OTS is a complex engineering design activity that requires a structured technique. This paper presents a structured methodology that applies design frameworks from other disciplines and a user-centred approach for biorefinery OTS design. These include the definition of end user requirements (operator training needs), and the analysis of these requirements using Quality Function Deployment (QFD). Furthermore, an algorithm for bioprocess optimisation and automatic adjustment of operating parameters is developed for integration into the OTS. This algorithm is based on the Nelder-Mead simplex method for multi-dimensional function minimisation. Identified user requirements were categorized into primary, secondary and tertiary training needs, with increasing levels of detail from primary to tertiary needs. The relationships between identified operator training needs and OTS technical and functional specifications were investigated, and a priority rating assigned to the most important OTS specifications. Identified OTS specifications were evaluated for robustness to ensure that important features were not omitted from the final design.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A systems engineering framework for the design of bioprocess operator training simulators
Event: 2018 International Seminar on Food Safety and Environmental Engineering (FSEE 2018)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/20197803001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1051/e3sconf/20197803001
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Biochemical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071495
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