Ratio Control Systems

Ratio control of pH can be extremely effective when the process flow rate is the major load variable, and the objective is to meet increased flow with a corresponding increase in reagent. Since flow measurements may be in error and reagent concentration may vary, a means for on-line ratio adjustment must be provided. Figure 7.40.23 illustrates a ratio control system in which the reagent set point is changed proportionally to changes in process flow. A feedback signal supplied by the feedback controller (pHC) also adjusts the reagent flow setpoint proportionally to a nonlinear function of the deviation between desired and actual effluent pH.

Note that the rangeability of the ratio system is limited by that of the flowmeters, typically 4:1 for orifice meters to 30:1 for some turbine meters.

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