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CME3008 : Process Control

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Willis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 provides an overview of process control algorithms as well as the mathematical techniques used to analyse process systems. The aim is to learn how to select appropriate control schemes and strategies for common unit operations encountered within the chemical industry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Revision of Laplace transforms and block diagram analysis; Mechanistic and data-based process modelling; The open loop step test; Review of conventional control; Proportional – Integral – Derivative (PID) tuning methods; Multi-loop systems and feedforward control; Relative Gain analysis; Decoupling control. Control schemes for typical process units.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Activity modules within Canvas. Detailed notes supported by videos, quizzes, formative assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00End of semester closed book examination
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities103:0030:00Tutorial sheets for each of the main topics covered in the module
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the mathematical concepts and theory of process control, the Canvas activity modules support this through illustration and problem solving.

Tutorial sheets and other formative activities are used to prepare the students for the end of semester closed book examination.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100Closed book exam
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMMCQ - Formative Assessment (1 hour)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester closed book examination is an appropriate way to assess acquired knowledge and problem solving skills.

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