This paper describes the intelligent distributed controls research laboratory (IDCRL) in the College of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The center-piece of equipment is a modern distributed microprocessor-based control system which is interfaced to real-time simulations of power plant processes. Research into implementation issues of hierarchical and distributed control for large-scale power plant systems are now more fully explored at the university level. The microprocessor-based control system has also been interfaced to the PSU TRIGA nuclear research reactor and enables research in optimal, robust, intelligent, and other advanced control techniques for nuclear power plants.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering