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Course Overview

This course focuses on the fundamental principles of control theory and the practice of automatic process control. The basic concepts involved in process control are then introduced, including the elements of control systems, feedback/forward control, block diagrams, and transfer functions. The mathematical techniques required for the analysis of process control are covered, focussing on Laplace Transform analysis. Development to more general situations is made through the study of second order systems and the application of compensation including PID control. The control theory developed is applied to a range of chemical engineering problems using simulation tools.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

1.      Need for process control.

2.      Terminology in process control.

3.      Elements of a control system.

4.      Sensors and control valves

5.      Dynamics of chemical processes. Unsteady and input/output models. Transfer functions. Laplace transform. Dynamics of first order processes. Dynamics of second order processes.

6.      Feedback control. Proportional, integral and derivative control action.

7.      Dynamics of controlled processes. Transfer function of controlled processes. Effect of P, I, D control actions on the dynamic response of controlled processes.

8.      Stability of controlled processes. Tuning of controller parameters.

9.      Cascade control.

10.    Feedforward control.

11.    Degrees of freedom of unit operations. Number and choice of controlled and manipulated variables.

Recommended textbook. George Stephanopoulos. Chemical Process Control. An introduction to Theory and Practice. Prentice Hall, 1984.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 14, 15
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

Coursework (25%)

Coursework (75%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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