A major shortcoming of traditional strategies is the fact that solving chemical engineering problems due to the highly nonlinear behavior of chemical processes is often impossible or very difficult. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are becoming useful due to simple implementation, easy designing, generality, robustness and flexibility. The AI includes various branches, namely, artificial neural network, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithm, expert systems and hybrid systems. They have been widely used in various applications of the chemical engineering field including modeling, process control, classification, fault detection and diagnosis. In this chapter, the capabilities of AI are investigated in various chemical engineering fields.
Part of the book: Artificial Intelligence