Seminar on "Data Driven Modeling of a Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit"
  • 22-130

  • May 17, 2023 - May 17, 2023

  • 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

CIE Dept invites you to attend Seminar on "Data Driven Modeling of a Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit" on Wednesday, 17th of May, 2023 2:00PM in 22-130

Speaker: Mr. Mustapha Kamel KHALDI, PhD Student Systems & Control Engineering of the Control & Instrumentation Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia


The Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) process is a key unit in the refining industry that is able to convert low-quality feedstock, such as heavy vacuum gas oil and atmospheric gas oil, into high-value products. A minor improvement in operation would lead to a significant economic benefit. However, this unit is characterized by strongly coupled variables with complex nonlinearities because of the interacting chemical reactions that occur during the cracking process. From an engineering perspective, special attention should be given to the modeling approach to handle these nonlinearities and accurately describe the dynamics of the system.

In this context, we begin by highlighting the recent work that has been done in modeling the FCC unit from an artificial intelligence point of view, with the aim of answering the question, "Why the need for an AI-based model?" Then, we present a comparative study on applying different data-driven modeling approaches to a Fluid Catalytic Cracker-Fractionator Model.

Speaker Bio :

Mr. Mustapha Kamel KHALDI is currently pursuing his PhD in System and Control Engineering at KFUPM, he earned his Master’s within the same field from the Higher School of Applied Science, Tlemcen, Algeria, in June, 2020. His research focusses on data-driven modeling, optimization, and control with applications to manufacturing systems and processes.

All faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to attend.