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Data-driven soft sensor modeling based on twin support vector regression for cane sugar crystallization

Meng, Yanmei, Lan, Qiliang, Qin, Johnny, Yu, Shuangshuang, Pang, Haifeng, Zheng, Kangyuan
Journal of food engineering 2019 v.241 pp. 159-165
algorithms, automation, brix, cane sugar, crystallization, models, prediction, steam, temperature
Cane sugar crystallization is a complex physical and chemical process and is related with many parameters. Due to the restriction of technical condition, some key parameters such as mother liquor purity and supersaturation, cannot be measured directly by existing sensors. This hinders the implementation of automatic control in cane sugar crystallization seriously. To handle this problem, a data-driven soft sensor modeling based on twin support vector regression is proposed to estimate the mother liquor purity and supersaturation. Seven easy-to-measure variables are chosen as input, including vacuum degree, temperature, massecuite level, steam pressure, steam temperature, feeding rate and massecuite brix. Two difficult-to-measure variables are chosen as output, including mother liquor supersaturation and mother liquor purity. The model parameters are optimized by combining the particle swarm optimization and the ten-fold cross-validation method. Experimental result indicates that this method performs well in aspects of prediction, approximation, learning speed, and generalization ability compared with BP, RBF and ELM, and is proved to have great effectiveness and reliability in cane sugar crystallization control.