University Of Birmingham

Process Systems and Principles of Process Control

04 28467

Iowa State Course Substitution

Process Control

CH E 421

Course Info

International Credits: 20.0
Converted Credits: 6.0
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Course Description:
Course Details in 2018/19 Session If you find any data displayed on this website that should be amended, please contact the Curriculum Management Team. Module Title Process Systems and Principles of Process Control School Chemical Engineering Department Chemical Engineering Module Code 04 28467 Module Lead Dr Phil Robbins Level Intermediate Level Credits 20 Semester Full Term Pre-requisites Chemical Engineering Design and Professional Skills A and B - (04 28469) Modelling Concepts and Tools - (04 21830) Co-requisites Restrictions None Contact Hours Lecture-32 hours Seminar-4 hours Tutorial-16 hours Project supervision-0 hours Demonstration-0 hours Practical Classes and workshops-10 hours Supervised time in studio/workshop-0 hours Fieldwork-0 hours External Visits-0 hours Work based learning-0 hours Guided independent study-138 hours Placement-0 hours Year Abroad-0 hours Exclusions Description Part A of the module: It introduces students to modelling, process dynamics and practical process monitoring and control. The importance of control for process operation will be explained, and the structure of modern plant-wide control systems will be described. The module will discuss typical process monitoring devices for common variables (pressure, temperature, level, flow, etc.), and show how signals are generated by these and transduced, transmitted and, if necessary, transformed for use in the control system. The fundamentals of open- and closed-loop control will be discussed and controller actions outlined. A review of process modelling and its basic procedures will be used to explain the concept of dynamic behaviour of processes. Methodologies for solving the differential equations resulting from unsteady-state balances over selected process examples will be given, in particular for linear, second-order differential equations. Practical examples will also be given of processes and instruments demonstrating common types of dynamic behaviour. Part B of the module: This builds upon and covers the basic principles of analysis and design of process level control systems, and the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics discussed include transfer functions, ideal dynamic systems, classical PID controllers, feedback control block diagram analysis, stability concept and analysis, structure and components of modern control loops, and practical aspects of industrial process control. Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to: 9/21/2017 Programmes and Modules - Course Details… 2/2 appreciate the importance of process control; comprehend the basic structure of control systems and how open- and closed-loop control is carried out; describe primary sensing elements used for commonly measured and manipulated process variables select the appropriate final control element for a given process application; understand elementary control concepts, defining feedback and feed-forward modes of control; carry out simple unsteady-state mass and energy balances to produce differential equations describing dynamic behaviour of selected processes; solve linear, second-order differential equations; demonstrate knowledge of basic dynamic concepts, in particular related to inputoutput modelling; describe qualitatively dynamic responses of controlled systems employing common controller designs; build and run SIMULINK® control loop simulations; use Laplace transforms to solve linear differential equations related to dynamics problems; understand and use transfer functions in the analysis of the behaviour of dynamic processes and systems; give practical examples of ideal dynamic systems and model their behaviour; understand and describe the main modes of action of classical PID controllers; construct control block diagrams and use these to analyse and predict the behaviour of controlled processes, involving both single- and multiple-loop configurations; demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of stability and its implications for the design and specification of controllers within control loops; describe the components of control loops containing modern controllers and instrumentation, and compare these with their classical counterparts; demonstrate an awareness of practical aspects of industrial process control and the role of the process control engineer. Assessment 28467-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%) 28467-02 : Coursework : Coursework (25%) 28467-03 : Laboratory Write-Up : Coursework (25%) Assessment Methods & Exceptions One 1½ h written, unseen examination (50%), modelling and control loop problem solution (25%), group control report (25%). Reassessment (August): One 2 h written unseen examination Other None Reading List


Evaluation Date:
April 26, 2018
Jennifer Heinen