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MACC Researchers
Pulkit Mathur Pulkit Mathur
Ph.D. Candidate
Supervised by Dr. Christopher L.E. Swartz

Start date
September 2015

Email
mathup1@mcmaster.ca

Education
M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2012-2014).
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Surat, India (2008-2012).

Work Experience
Research Associate, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2014-2015).

Topics
Optimal Planning and Scheduling

Research Title
Novel Modeling & Solution Frameworks for Optimal Scheduling of Process Systems under Uncertainty

Research Objectives
The successful operation of modern process systems across industrial and service sectors around the world relies greatly on the effective allocation and efficient utilization of different types of available resources for the various constituent operations involving their transformation to useful products and services and their timely deliveries for use by a variety of customers across market segments. The major challenges faced by these modern process systems include providing a variety of products and services to different customers at the minimum possible costs in view of the increased local and global competition, tackling their rapidly varying demands and prices across application sectors and market segments, handling greater regulatory pressures from various apposite agencies, and managing the high level of uncertainty and risk resulting from these ever changing conditions.

Scheduling deals with the effective allocation and efficient utilization of a variety of available resources over time to a set of constituent operations to ensure the timely supply of products and services to customers in an efficient manner in terms of various economic performance metrics. This motivates the need for development of novel modeling and solution frameworks for optimal scheduling with the systematic and explicit consideration of a variety of different sources of both continuous and discrete realizations of uncertainty. The primary goal of this research work is to develop and implement novel modeling and solution frameworks for optimal scheduling in such uncertain environments with the consideration of continuous and discrete manifestations of uncertainties arising from a variety of different sources. The application domain under consideration in this research work is the renewable energy sector with focus on hydroelectric power generation. The problem considered here is that of optimal short-term scheduling for cascaded hydroelectric power systems considering uncertainties in different operational and market parameters such as water inflows to the reservoirs, availabilities of generating units, electrical loads and electricity prices.

MACC Publications

  • Mathur, P.Swartz, C. L. E., Zyngier, D., Welt, F. Optimal Short-Term Scheduling for Cascaded Hydroelectric Power Systems considering Variations in Electricity Prices, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering,, 44 1345-1350 (2018)

Other Publications

  • Shaik, M. A., & Mathur, P. (2018). Simultaneous Scheduling and Routing of Pipeless Plants in Different Layouts. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 57(29), 9527-9536.
  • Shaik, M. A., & Mathur, P. (2015). Integration of Scheduling and Vessel Routing in Pipeless Plants. In Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (Vol. 37, pp. 1925-1930). Elsevier.
  • Shaik, M. A., & Mathur, P. (2013). Unit-Specific Event based Model for Scheduling of Pipeless Plants. In International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (ICCBPE), Warangal, India.

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