Modeling Methodology Based on Stacked Neural Networks for Inferential Prediction of Polypropylene Melt Index
A modeling methodology based on stacked neural networks by combining several individual networks in parallel is proposed. Stacked neural network as an effective method for modeling of inherently complex and nonlinear systems especially a system with a limited number of experimental data points is chosen for yield prediction. Proper determination of the stacking weights is essential for good stacked neural networks model performance, so determination of appropriate weights for combining individual networks using robust least squares estimation is proposed. Inferential prediction of melt index as the most important characteristic process of polypropylene polymerization has been carried out. The application of the proposed modeling method based on stacked neural networks to the development of melt index soft sensor in an industrial propylene polymerization plant demonstrates its effectiveness.
L. Y. Xia et al., "Modeling Methodology Based on Stacked Neural Networks for Inferential Prediction of Polypropylene Melt Index", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 55-57, pp. 670-674, 2011