Introducing fundamental optimisation principles and tools for the design, analysis and optimisation of processes and operations in the energy and process industry.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,700

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Appraise basic optimisation and model building principles, and a familiarity with optimisation tools
  • Apply effectively state-of-the-art decision-making approaches in supply chain problems (process and energy systems)
  • Apply competently optimisation methods for problems related to energy and process industries
  • Design and optimise the operational aspects of a process plant or energy system using optimisation tools

Core content

  • Nonlinear unconstrained and constrained optimisation principles
  • Linear programming
  • Mixed integer programming
  • Decision-making model building
  • Introduction to multi-parametric programming
  • Optimisation under uncertainty
  • Introduction to general algebraic modelling languages (i.e., GAMS and AIMMS)
  • Several optimisation problems to be addressed, such as;
    • Heat exchanger networks design
    • Process synthesis and optimal selection of processes
    • Operational and cleaning planning of network of compressors
    • Production scheduling and planning
    • Energy planning of combined heat and power systems
    • Supply chain operations in energy and process industries
    • Presentation of real case studies from the energy and process industry

Accommodation options and prices

Fees include tuition, course materials only.

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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