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Measuring the reliability of a natural gas refrigeration plant: Uncertainty propagation and quantification with polynomial chaos expansion based sensitivity analysis

Wahid Ali, Pham Luu Trung Duong, Mohd Shariq Khan, Mesfin Getu and Moonyong Lee

Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 2018, vol. 172, issue C, 103-117

Abstract: The practical quantification of a model's ability to describe information is extremely important for the practical estimation of model parameters. Hence, in this study, a complex sweet natural gas refrigeration chemical process was selected for uncertainty quantification (UQ) and sensitivity analysis (SA). A computer code was generated to create a hybrid digital simulation system (HDSS) to connect two commercially important software programs, namely Matlab and Aspen Hysys. Monte Carlo (MC) and Halton based quasi-MC (QMC) methods were used for uncertainty propagation (UP) and uncertainty quantification (UQ). A surrogate model based on the polynomial chaos expansions (PCE) approach was applied for SA. Sobol′ sensitivity indices were evaluated to identify influential input parameters. The proposed PCE methodology was compared with a traditional MC based approach to illustrate its advantages in terms of computational efficiency and acceptable accuracy. The results indicated that UQ and SA help in an in-depth understanding of the chemical process determining the feasibility and improving the operation based on reliability and consumer demands. This study used in the robust design by evaluating the bounds and reliability based on confidence levels and thereby increasing the reliance of the process at hand.

Keywords: Polynomial chaos expansion; Uncertainty propagation; Uncertainty quantification; Process uncertainty; Sensitivity analysis; Robust design; Monte Carlo approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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