Module Catalogue 2020/21

CME2029 : Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jie Zhang
  • Lecturer: Dr Mohamed Mamlouk, Dr Chris O'Malley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To gain an appreciation of process measurement devices and control valve sizing.

To gain an appreciation of how time-dependent process behaviour affects the design, operation and safety of process plants.

To learn how to analyse the dynamic behaviour of linear systems and to attain a basic understanding of Chemical Process Control.

This module serves as an introduction to the analysis of linear dynamical systems and basic process control strategies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Measurement of flow, temperature, pressure, level, composition. Control valve sizing.

The importance of dynamic effects; steady-state and non-steady state balances; review of solution of ODEs; the concept of models; the role of dynamic simulation; Laplace Transforms; transfer functions; parameters of transfer functions; transfer function block diagram algebra, typical linear systems responses, linear systems stability and analysis.

Review of open loop dynamics; Closed loop elements; On/off control; PID control; Plant testing for process characterisation; PID tuning; PID loop simulation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of the principles of process measurement.
Understanding of the difference between steady-state and non-steady behaviour and an appreciation of the importance of dynamics in process design and operation.
Understanding of the concept of models and their development, an appreciation of their uses in Chemical Engineering and of the role of simulation in studying process dynamics.
Recognising the effects of linear systems parameters on system responses, including system stability.
Appreciation of the concepts of feedback control and other common control strategies
Appreciation of the detrimental effects of time-delays.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to identify the causes of different types of dynamic characteristics
Use of block diagrams to represent relatively complex systems
Basics of using SIMULINK to perform simulations of dynamic systems.
Analysis of the behaviour of linear dynamic systems.
Problem Solving.
Report Writing.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion23:006:00Preparation for, and completion of, assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Numerical practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00Review lecture material prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the knowledge base and examples of application.
Numerical practice sessions allow consolidation through worked examples and problem discussion.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M25Computer based assignment in Process Control. Issued week 6 semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests knowledge acquisition and problem solving in a timed environment.
The assignment tests the ability to deploy knowledge by utilising skills gained in order to solve practical problems.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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