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CME2029 : Process Measurement, Dynamics & Control

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jie Zhang
  • Lecturer: 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


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Formative 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
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MSmall 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.

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