Mr C Sandrock

Position Senior Lecturer
Qualifications BEng (Pret), MEng (Pret), Pr. Eng.
Telephone +27-12-420-2197
Fax +27-12-420-5048
E-mail [email protected]

Research interests

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Process control
  • Human machine interfacing
  • System-wide optimisation


Scopus researcher ID: 14829733900

ORCID:  0000-0003-2828-5186

ResearchID: N-1307-2017

Google Sholar: E6d_QvQAAAAJ

Publications are listed in order from most recent.

Book Chapters

Accredited journals

  • Fechter, R., Sandrock, C. & Labuschagne, F. (2018). Modelling the Thermal Degradation and Stabilisation of PVC in a Torque Rheometer. Chemical Product and Process Modeling DOI
  • Endres, S.C., Sandrock, C. & Focke, W.W.  (2018) A simplicial homology algorithm for Lipschitz optimisation, Journal of Global Optimization October 2018, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 181–217 DOI
  • Fechter, R, Sandrock, C, Kühnert, I, Labuschagné, FJWJ (2018) Modelling and optimization of a flexible poly(vinyl chloride) compound formulation for mine cables, Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology DOI
  • Badenhorst, Heinrich and Sandrock, Carl (2016) Novel method for thermal conductivity measurement through flux signal deconvolution, Journal of Energy Storage vol 6, 32-39 view at publisher
  • Chris W Steyn and Carl Sandrock (2013) Benefits of Optimisation and Model Predictive Control on a Fully Autogenous Mill with Variable Speed, Minerals Engineering, 2013, 113-123 view at publisher
  • Schalk Kok and Carl Sandrock (2009) Locating and Characterizing the Stationary Points of the Extended Rosenbrock Function, Evolutionary Computation vol. 17, 10, 437-453, 2009 view at publisher
  • Philip de Vaal and Carl Sandrock (2007) Control of a Batch Pulp Digester Using a Simplified Mechanistic Model to Predict Degree of Polymerization, Computers and Chemical Engineering, vol 31, 10, 1222-1230 view pdf
  • Walter W. Focke; Carl Sandrock and Schalk Kok (2007) Weighted-Power-Mean Mixture Model: Application to Multicomponent Liquid Viscosity; Industrial and Chemical Engineering Research, 46, 4660-4666 view pdf
  • Van Houwelingen, AJ; Sandrock, C and Nicol, W (2006); Particle wetting distribution in trickle-bed reactors; AIChE Journal, Vol 52, issue 10, pp 3532-3542 view pdf
  • Sandrock, C and de Vaal, PL (2006); Performance comparison of controllers acting on a batch pulp digester using Monte Carlo modelling; Control Engineering Practice, Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2006, Pages 949-958; view pdf

Accredited conferences

  • Van Dam, C and Sandrock C; Modelling Dynamic Systems with Known Data: an Object-Oriented Approach, The World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2012, San Francisco, USA, 24-26 October 2012 view pdf
  • Transell, M and Sandrock, C; "The use of Bioinformatics Techniques for Time-Series Motif-Matching: A Case Study" ADVCOMP 2012, Barcelona, Spain, September 23-28 2012 
  • Sandrock, C and de Vaal, PL; A generic framework for stochastic dynamic simulation of chemical engineering systems using free/open source software, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 2011
  • Stamp, J.D., Majozi, T. and Sandrock, C., On energy optimisation in multipurpose batch plants using heat storage, SACEC2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 20 – 23 September 2009. ISBN: 978-1-920355-21-0 (CD-ROM)
  • Sandrock, C and de Vaal, PL; Dynamic simulation of Chemical Engineering systems using OpenModelica and CAPE-OPEN, Computer Aided Chemical Engineering
    Volume 26, 2009, Pages 859-864
      (Presented in Krakow, Poland)
  • Sandrock, C and de Vaal, P L; Determining state transition probabilities using multi-objective optimisation, Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Modelling and Simulation
    2008, Pages 26-29
    (Presented in Quebec, Canada)
  • de Vaal, P L , Sandrock, C.; Implementation of a Model Based Controller on a Batch Pulp Digester for Improved Control; ESCAPE-13 Conference, 1-4 June 2003, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland.


  1. de Vaal, P.L., du Plessis, L., Sandrock, C.; Preparing process control specialists for industry - what can we offer?; Chemical Technology SA, Nov. 2002, pp. 11-14
  2. Sandrock C, De Vaal P L; Model based control of a batch pulp digester: Implementation and performance assessment; TAPPSA African Pulp and Paper Week, 8-11 October 2002; International Conference Centre, Durban.

Postgraduate students

Name Type Year Document Title
Petri Labuschagne MEng 2008 Automatic clustering with application to time dependent fault detection in chemical processes
Janus Visagie MEng 2008 Generic Gasifier Modelling: Evaluating model by gasifier type
André Campher MEng 2011 A systematic approach to model predictive controller constraint handling : rigorous geometric methods
Prevlen Rambalee MEng 2012 Realistic constraints for MPC of chemical engineering plants - numeric methods
Chris Steyn MEng 2012 Optimisation of a fully autogenous comminution circuit
Mark Transell MEng 2014 Time-domain signal pattern matching using techniques inspired by bioinformatics
St Elmo Wilken MEng 2016 Computationally efficient formulation of stochastic dynamical control within the context of switching probabilistic graphical models
Norbertin Nkoghe Eyeghe MEng 2017 First principle model of a Rhodium dissolution reactor
Stefan Endres MEng 2017 A simplicial homology algorithm for Lipschitz optimisation
Edgar Whyte MEng 2018 AMOSS: Automatic Modeling Operations Using Stochastic Simulation
Neill Herbst MEng 2018 Evert: Interactive web-based time series analysis environment
Michael Stephens MEng 2018 Implementation of a pulp digester model with adaptive parameter estimation
Simon Streicher MEng 2018 Eigenvector analysis for the ranking of control loop importance
Rotimi Agbebi PhD 2018

Best-of-breed control of Platinum-precipitation reactors

Chris Steyn PhD 2019 Plantwide optimisation of a mining operation
- Author Carl Sandrock

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