EEE8072 : Subsea Control and Communication Systems

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


A1. To develop the students’ understanding of the design of control systems; concentrating on classical PI control methods, modern state space techniques and PLC applications in the context of subsea systems.
A2. To develop the students’ understanding of communication and positioning for subsea installations using underwater acoustic and inductive techniques.

Outline Of Syllabus

2hrs: Introduction/revision of 1st and second order dynamics (ODEs).
2hrs: Transfer function modelling and analysis of control systems (s-plane, type, order final value…)
2hrs: Closed loop control systems including PI tuning particularly for cascade control systems used in electric drives for underwater applications.
2hrs: Introduction to state space and state feedback (pole placement and LQR)
2hrs: State estimation and reference tracking
2hrs: Introduction to PLC programming
2hrs: Fundamentals of data communication, modulation and coding theory.
2hrs: Electrical and optical cabled data communications (umbilicals).
2hrs: Introduction to underwater acoustic signals, propagation and the SONAR equations.
2hrs: Underwater acoustic communication system design and operation.
2hrs: Underwater acoustic positioning using LBL, SBL and USBL techniques.
2hrs: Underwater inductive communication and power coupling.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Further study of notes and background reading; Studying example questions; Practical demos in lab
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Outcomes are achieved by conventional lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate method for assessing basic understanding of the principles outlined in the syllabus and the ability of the student to appropriately apply these principles.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the assessment earlier.

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