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Module

CME8103 : Process Control 3 - Design of Robust Control Algorithms

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jie Zhang
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To explore the concept of robustness in control systems design; frequency response methods for control systems analysis and model based control based on the Internal Model Control strategy.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Internal Model principle; Ideal control versus practicable control; Robust control concepts; performance versus robustness; the role of frequency domain analysis; Bode diagrams and Polar plots; sensitivity functions; describing model uncertainties; robustness analysis; robust performance; robust stability; Internal Model Control (IMC) design; Equivalence of IMC to PID control.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Preparation and completion of written assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP sessions (non-essential)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials (PiP sessions, non-essential)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying fundamentals while the tutorials develop the students’ ability to apply acquired knowledge.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M40Assignment. Set Semester 1, week 8 (approx 2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraints. The assignment assesses the student’s ability to apply theoretical principles as well as their ability to simulate and analyse the behaviour of control systems. Plan B: In case of the prevailing C-19 circumstances, the exam will be replaced by an on-line quiz of 1 hour duration.

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