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CME8104 : Process Control 4 - Design of Digital Control Algorithms

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Willis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To understand the principles of digital and computer based process control systems. To learn how to design and implement digital controllers, from simple to more advanced algorithms.

Original Summary:
This module introduces the concepts associated with computer based process control strategies and the mathematics required to design digital controllers. It also emphasises the use of models in control systems designs

Outline Of Syllabus

Role of computers in process control; fundamental difference between continuous time and discrete time control systems; basic mathematics of sampled data systems; discretised PI/PID controllers; design via the Synthesis Equation; pole-placement control; discrete models for controller design; minimum variance and generalised minimum variance control.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of computer assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Review lecture material and 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M25Computer based assignment. Issued week 4/5
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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.

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