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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

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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.



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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

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