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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
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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
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

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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