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Module

CME8104 : Process Control 4 - Design of Digital Control Algorithms

  • 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 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

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 environment supported by videos exp
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Synchronous on-line sessions; Introduction to the module followed by 4 one hour lectures
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities103:0030:00Tutorial sheets for each of the main topics covered in the module covering typical control systems d
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.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

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. The three tests will be spread evenly across the teaching period.
Report1M40MATLAB / Simulink assignment. Application of control systems design and analysis tools for the design of a discrete time control al
Assessment 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.

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Timetable