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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Process Control

Unit code CHEN30091
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Introduction to process control, feedback and feedforward control strategies, understanding process dynamics and modelling, adoption of control strategies, dynamic modelling and control of chemical processes, synthesis and tuning of controllers. Use of computer software for process dynamics and control.

 

Aims

The unit aims to:

Introduce the principles of chemical process control in terms of the range of control strategies employed for chemical processes. Create a solid understanding of process dynamics. Provide the foundations of the modelling of process dynamics and establish the links for practical implementation of control strategies.  Deliver the basics of model-based control and use it for controller tuning.

Learning outcomes

LO 1.Explain the need for control for achieving process objectives and safety.

ILO 2.Demonstrate concepts relevant to chemical process dynamics and develop related modelling skills.

ILO 3.Link control related issues with the underlying mathematical formulations.

ILO 4.Develop practical control strategies for chemical processes allowing the design and appropriate tuning of the control systems.

ILO 5.Recognise different types of control designs in a variety of plants.

ILO 6.Use control software to design and tune practical control loop for realistic chemical plants. 

Teaching and learning methods

A blended approach will be used combining online lectures with tutorials. Blackboard will be primarily used to store the lecture notes in electronic form, including slides with voiceovers as well as videos where appropriate.

A discussion forum will be set up in blackboard to handle practical issues and questions.

Process control software will be used to introduce computer-based learning through the practical part of the course and ultimately through the coursework.

 

 

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous Assessment

Exam Style Assessment

-

-

30%

70%

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous Assessment

Exam Style Assessment

-

-

30%

70%

 

Recommended reading

Core Reading

Course lecture notes

Essential Reading:

Stephanopoulos, G., Chemical process control: An introduction

to theory and practice, Prentice-Hall.

Wayne Bequette, B., Process control modelling, design and

simulation, Prentice-Hall.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Konstantinos Theodoropoulos Unit coordinator
Peter Martin Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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