Model-Predictive Control of Combustion Processes


The control of combustion processes makes high demands on the chosen control technique due to the highly nonlinear system behavior and the necessity for consideration of inherent dead times as well as constraints of the actuating and output variables. Conventional control concepts cannot meet the strict requirements regarding the control performance, which are necessary to guarantee the tight emission regulations.


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Thiva Albin Rajasingham

Senior Engineer




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+49 241 80 28035



Model-predictive control techniques offer the possibility to account systematically for the demands and to ensure a high control performance for the entire operating range. The students get to know the limits of conventional control concepts as well as the areas of application for model-predictive control.



During the lectures and exercises the following topics will be treated:

  • Introduction to model-based control of combustion processes
  • Introduction to optimization
  • Fundamentals of linear model-predictive control
  • Fundamentals of nonlinear model-predictive control
  • Modeling and model-based control of the air-path
  • Modeling and model-based control of gasoline engines
  • Modeling and model-based control of diesel engines
  • Introduction to thermoacoustics

Lecture and Exercise

The course is given as L2/E2 during the summer term.

For information on lectures and exercises check with the RWTH-CampusOffice system.

Course materials for the lectures and the exercises can be downloaded from the L2P platform.


Recommended Requirements

  • Automatic Control
  • Advanced Control Theory or Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Internal Combustion Engines I or Technical Combustion

Information about the exam

Type: written or oral examination

Further information about the exam will be anounced in the lecture.


Consultation Hours

On all working days consultation hours are offered on appointment from 11am to 12 noon by Martin Keller and Thiva Albin.