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Course Overview

The course aims to give students knowledge and understanding of how larger process systems behave and are operated and controlled.  Focus is being placed on the stability of feedback control loops and on advanced control strategies aiming at enhancing safety and operability.  Specific cases across the safety hierarchy (basic and advanced process control, alarm systems, emergency shutdown and interlocks, etc) are addressed.


Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course focuses on process operability and safety.  The concept of process stability is introduced with a particular focus on controlled processes.  Various techniques and criteria are presented, such as frequency response and root-locus analysis, that are used to study the stability of a variety of controlled systems.  The interface of automatic process control and process safety is introduced by looking at advanced control strategies like cascade, selective, split-range and ratio control.  The safety issues encountered in transient operations are addressed and the use of alarm and interlock systems to address these is discussed.



Summative Assessments

(i) Timed online test (25%)

(ii) Timed online test (25%)

(iii) Assignment (50%) 


Resit (For Students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21)

Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralUnderstand•Process plant & equipment•Process safety challenges in transient operation•The interface of process safety and automatic process control•Plant operation
ReflectionCreate•Discuss the design and operation of equipment in the context of process safety•Design for vibration management
ReflectionCreate•Discuss/prepare operating procedures for the start-up of process systems•Design a relief and blowdown system
ConceptualUnderstand•The hazards presented in performing maintenance•Management of change•Hazards presented in the handling of LPG, Chlorine and Ammonia

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