The study develops a reduced-order model (ROM) based on proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), which is a low-dimensional approximation to a dynamic PDE-based model. Initially, a representative ensemble of solutions of the dynamic PDE system is constructed by solving a higher-order discretization of the model using the method of lines, a two-stage approach that discretizes the PDEs in space and then integrates the resulting DAEs over time. Next, the ROM method applies the Karhunen-Loéve expansion to derive a small set of empirical eigenfunctions (POD modes) which are used as basis functions within a Galerkin's projection framework to derive a low-order DAE system that accurately describes the dominant dynamics of the PDE system. The proposed method leads to a DAE system of significantly lower order, thus replacing the one obtained from spatial discretization before and making optimization problem computationally-efficient.
The method has been applied to the dynamic coupled PDE-based model of a two-bed four-step PSA process for separation of hydrogen from methane. Separate ROMs have been developed for each operating step with different POD modes for each of them. A significant reduction in the order of the number of states has been achieved. The gas-phase mole fraction, solid-state loading and temperature profiles from the low-order ROM and from the high-order simulations have been compared. Moreover, the profiles for a different set of inputs and parameter values fed to the same ROM were compared with the accurate profiles from the high-order simulations. Current results indicate the proposed ROM methodology as a promising surrogate modeling technique for cost-effective optimization purposes. Moreover, deviations from the ROM for different set of inputs and parameters suggest that a recalibration of the model is required for the optimization studies. Results for these will also be presented with the aforementioned results.