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Module

EEE3008 : Industrial Automation and PLCs.

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

Aims

1.       To study the classification of industrial control systems and robots.
2.       To study the modelling of industrial plant, sensors and actuators
3.       To study the on-off control of industrial applications.
4.       To study Programmable Logical Controllers (PLCs) with industrial applications.
5.       To study the application and tuning of PID controllers to industrial plant
6.       To study the theory and application of Fuzzy controllers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Industrial Automation : Identification of key component technologies & motivation for study.
The Device Layer : An Overview of Sensors & Actuators
On-Off Control : Background to Relay-based Control Systems
Programmable Logic Controllers(PLCs) - Background, Programming Methods, Application
Modelling & Control of Linear Systems: P,PI,PID Controllers. Zeigler Nicholls Tuning
Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Control Systems
Nonlinear Systems : Simple Pendulum, Inverted pendulum, Interconnected Tanks

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 completion11:001:00Online assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00PLC Assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials420:4028:00Material delivery (Equivalent 14x1Hr Lecture+14x1hr Lecture Prep) NON-SYNC
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Student Direct Learning MATLAB (2hr per lab) SYNC Online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Practical PLC Labs to support Lectures PIP & SYNCH (class numbers /lab capacity dependent)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Revision for final assessment (recommend 1hr per 1hr lecture or lab)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study62:0012:00Preparation for PLC Laboratory Session (2hr per lab) NON-SYNC
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study117:0017:00Additional time for background reading/study
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading.

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 assessment1M75Canvas online assessment
Practical/lab report1M25Summative PLC assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Online Assessment requires knowledge of the material presented in the lectures and SDL sessions. The online assessment requires the knowledge of applications, understanding of course content and requires explanation/solving industrial problems. Students need to pass the summative assessment to pass the module. The online questions will be similar and different to EEE8150 (different credit allocation and different course content).

The PLC Summative Assessment takes all of the PLC tutorials and requires the student to complete and demonstrate PLC tasks. The tasks will be written up and the student asked to design their own PLC task operation providing a summative assessment demonstrating PLC operations learnt.

Reading Lists

Timetable