Title

Scheduling of a mixed batch/continuous sugar milling plant using petri nets

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Ghaeli, M, Bahn, PA & Lee, PL 2008, 'Scheduling of a mixed batch/continuous sugar milling plant using Petri nets'', Computers & Chemical Engineering, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 580-589.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compchemeng.2007.04.002

Abstract

Scheduling of processes in mixed batch/continuous plants, due to their hybrid nature, can become very complex. This paper presents the Timed Hybrid Petri net (THPN) as a suitable tool for modelling and scheduling of hybrid systems. One of the major benefits over traditional methods is a significant reduction in complexity during problem formulation. A sugar milling plant containing both batch and continuous processing units is used to illustrate the application of the proposed scheduling algorithm.