CME8016 : Process Control Laboratory

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To conduct experiments on experimental rigs (typical experiments may include open loop step tests for system identification and tuning of feedback controllers).

Original Summary:
Process control involves the selection and tailoring of methods for the efficient operation of chemical processes. Proper application of process control can improve the safety and profitability of processes. This course offers students the opportunity to apply process control methods to typical process units. The aim is to learn how to select and apply appropriate control schemes and strategies for common unit operations encountered within the chemical industry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Process Control Laboratory: Hands on experience of controlling a chemical process and real industrial equipment; Practical use of Feedback and Cascade Control, Decouplers and industrial control software (Honeywell operator software); The chance to use a variety of tuning methods to tune a variety of control loop.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Preparation of group assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical103:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:00Review course material in preparation for practical classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Practical classes provide the opportunity to apply process control methods to typical process units.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M100Group report (approximately 10-20 pages) (Group size 3-4)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submission of group report based upon the laboratory work undertaken is an appropriate way to asses the learning outcomes stated.

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