Stochastic Reconstruction of Complex Heavy Oil Molecules Using an Artificial Neural Network

Deniz C. U. , Yasar M. , Klein M. T.

ENERGY & FUELS, cilt.31, ss.11932-11938, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 31 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b02311
  • Dergi Adı: ENERGY & FUELS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.11932-11938


An approach for the stochastic reconstruction of petroleum fractions based on the joint use of artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms was developed. This hybrid approach reduced the time required for optimization of the composition of the petroleum fraction without sacrificing accuracy. A reasonable initial structural parameter set in the optimization space was determined using an artificial neural network. Then, the initial parameter set was optimized using a genetic algorithm. The simulations show that the time savings were between 62 and 74% for the samples used. This development is critical, considering that the characteristic time required for the optimization procedure is hours or even days for stochastic reconstruction. In addition, the standalone use of the artificial neural network step that produces instantaneous results may help where it is necessary to make quick decisions.