A Nonlinear Model Based Control Strategy for the Aluminium Electrolysis Process

  • Steinar Kolås
  • Stein O. Wasbø


Important factors for the aluminium industry for succeeding in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency is not only the speed in which the organization is able to utilize new knowledge, but also the development and use of new advanced process control systems. New advanced process control systems imply utilizing state of the art process control systems as e.g. Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC). Although the conventional control structures are dominating the aluminium industry, several authors have addressed advanced process control structures for controlling the Hall-Heroult process. This includes the adaptive control of alumina addition, 9 -Box Matrix Control, LQG Control, Model Predictive Control and control structures involving the Neural network approach. Recently Hydro has been active in developing an NMPC control structure for controlling the Hall-Heroult process. The Hydro NMPC control structure and results from operational practice on Hydro’s HAL275 and Hal4e cells are presented.


Aluminium electrolysis NMPC Process control Estimation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steinar Kolås
    • 1
  • Stein O. Wasbø
    • 2
  1. 1.Hydro, Primary Metal TechnologyØvre ÅrdalNorway
  2. 2.Cybernetica ASTrondheimNorway

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