Optimal regulatory control of an autoinductive recombinant culture in a fed-batch reactor is considered. End point optimization results in a three-stage process: biomass growth, inducer synthesis and product synthesis. It is shown that in the last stage the substrate concentration should be maintained constant. This is achieved using an input-output linearizing controller accompanied by a novel non-linear state observer for the estimation of unmeasured state variables on the basis of on-line off-gas carbon dioxide concentration measurements. Experimental runs of luminous recombinant E. coli strain in a laboratory fermenter demonstrate the rapid convergence of the observer estimates as well as the effectiveness and robustness of the overall control system.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Chemical Engineering Journal and the Biochemical Engineering Journal|
|State||Published - 1996|
- Fed batch autoinductive fermentation process
- Non-linear control
- Optimal regulatory control