Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Ibáñez F., Saa P., Bárzaga L., Duarte M., Fernández M., Agosin E., Pérez-Correa J.R. (2021)

Simulation-based assessment of probing and model-based control strategies for robust operation of high-cell density cultures in fed-batch mode

Revista : Computers & Chemical Engineering
Volumen : 107545
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


High-cell density cultures (HCDC), prone to metabolic overflow, are typically operated in fed-batch mode to maximize productivity. We developed a simulation-based procedure for assessing advanced control strategies for HCDC, aiming to avoid metabolic overflow. We tested a heuristic controller, a nonlinear model predictive controller (NMPC), and two adaptive controllers under realistic conditions. As a case study, we considered the growth of a carotenoid-producing Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain developed in our laboratory. Our control simulations were consistent with experimental results reported in the literature with equivalent control strategies. All tested controllers could cope well with measurement noise and model parameter variations, reaching low ethanol concentrations ( 1 g/L), albeit with substantially different biomass productivities. The NMPC algorithm yielded the best performance even under parametric uncertainty, achieving high biomass concentrations (200 gDCW/L) and cell productivities (5 gDCW/L/h). The presented systematic procedure helps in the evaluation of novel control strategies before their implementation in practice.