Module Catalogue 2023/24

CME2029 : Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control

CME2029 : Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jie Zhang
  • Lecturer: Professor Mohamed Mamlouk, Dr Chris O'Malley
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To gain an appreciation of process measurement devices.

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, differential pressure, level, composition. Safety and costing considerations regarding instruments, introduction to piping and instrumentation diagrams.

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; PID control; Plant testing for process characterisation; PID tuning; PID loop simulation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of the principles of operation of process measurement devices.

Understanding of the key safety considerations when specifying instrumentation for use in the process industries

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.

Ability to read and draw Piping and Instrumentation diagrams.

Problem Solving.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Formative computer based assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities122:0024:00Tutorials follow up/solving questions
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities201:0020:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials, PiP sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:3020:30Review lecture and tutorial material, prepare for assessments
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 Examination902A100N/A
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMPass/Fail small group computer based formative assessments.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time- constraints. The computer based formative 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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