Research project

Smart Pump

Energy saving, system diagnosis and advanced control strategy in the heating burner application through the use of a real-time simulation of the pump system.

 

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Development of advanced control strategies for the control and system diagnosis of pump systems

 

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Pumps are used in a wide range of industrial applications today. It is well known that even small changes in the mode of operation can have a great impact on the efficiency of such a system. For example, optimised pump control can lead to energy savings of up to 20%. Energy efficiency is highly dependent on the overall efficiency of a pump, which in turn requires precise control of the pump performance. The simulation of a complete pump system is still a challenge despite current computer performance. However, such a simulation is an excellent basis for developing and testing various optimisation approaches.

Aim of the project

The aim of the project is to use a pump directly as a sensor without having to integrate further measuring systems. Based on an exact mathematical model, the control of the pump should be able to output the current operating values as well as serve as a diagnostic system.

Funding:

Innosuisse

Partner:

Allweiler, Internationale Bodensee Hochschule, IBK Internationale Bodensee Konferenz, Interreg-Europäische Union