ACTC Case Studies

A case study is usually undertaken at the request of a company member wishing to investiage the application of any of the advanced technologies. These are system modelling, control engineering, expert systems and business optimisation.

An on-site meeting is used to identify the specific problem of interest and to find practical ways forward. The resulting study typically lasts between 1 and 3 months, and can take the form of simulation studies or working with real systems. The study is carried out with economic and practical factors in mind.  The results of the study are used to clearly identify operational benefits.

Case study reports are available to other ACTC members.

List of Case Studies by Industry

The following is a list of all case studies that have been carried out by the ACTC. The associated case study reports are available to ACTC members free of charge.

To download these reports (ACTC Members only), please proceed to our Download Centre or click on the appropriate links.

Defence, Marine and Aerospace
Metals, Glass and Paper
Oil and Gas, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • British Gas: NTS Maintenance Reduction (CS11) - Modelling and investigation of maintenance schedules for the gas National Transmission System.
  • British Gas: Self Tuning Control of Furnace Temperature (CS02) - The ACTC's own Self-Tuning Control Toolbox was used to interface to and control the temperature of a gas fired box furnance through a TCS controller. Self-tuning LQG and Self-tuning H∞ controllers were trialled.
  • British Petroleum: Introduction to Predictive Control with Application to a Hydrogen Reformer (CS12) - Presents GPC and LQGCP algorithms together with trials on Hydrogen Reformer comparing existing PID, Connoisseur and the GPC algorithm developed here.
  • Roche Products: Roche Vitamin C Modelling Report (CS10) - Modelling and investigation of future plant scenarios using a discrete event simulation.
  • Roche Products: Non-linear Model Based Control for pH (CS06) - Investigated the use of Generic Model Control (GMC), a non-linear model based method, for pH control.
  • Unilever Research: Supply Chain Management into the Year 2000 (CS19)