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Module

CME3008 : Process Control 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Willis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To learn the fundamentals of the control of various unit operations and to appreciate control law performance limitations.

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; Data-based process modelling; The open loop step test; Review of Conventional Control; PID tuning methods; Multi-loop systems and feedforward control; Relative Gain analysis; Decoupling control; Distillation control configurations, 2x2 composition schemes; Reactor stability; Reactor dynamics and operation.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion35:0015:00Three summative Canvas tests including preparation time
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00MATLAB / Simulink assignment and associated report
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials102:0020:00Activity modules within Canvas. Detailed notes within the Canvas supported by videos, quizzes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Synchronous on-line sessions
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities103:0030:00Tutorial sheets for each of the main topics covered in the module
Total100:00
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 and therefore allow completion of assignment work. Tutorial sheets and formative quizzes are used to prepare the students for the summative quizzes.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M60Three summative Canvas Quizzes spread evenly across semester 1
Computer assessment1M40MATLAB / Simulink assignment -Application of control systems design analysis and simulation tools
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative quizzes are an appropriate way to assess acquired knowledge and problem solving skills, this is supplemented by a written report on an assignment that allows more realistic engineering problems to be set and solved using software on a computer; it also develops the key skills listed above.

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