SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624667
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this course is to provide a detailed foundation in process control system and use of modern software tools such as Matlab, VI-Lab-view and Simulink for analyses. The focus of this course is in the area of process control for petrochemical industries.


-360 The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: -360 Mathematical Modeling of Systems: Mechanical, Electrical and Electro-mechanical Systems, System elements such as R, L, C, sources, operational amplifiers, Mass, spring and dashpot elements. The concept of transfer functions, zero-input response and zero-state response. Block diagram representation and manipulation. -360 Mathematical Modeling Of Processes: Need for process control; Mathematical model of first order, second order liquid level and thermal processes; Higher order process; Process with dead time, process with inverse response; Interacting and non-interacting systems; Continuous and batch process; Servo and regulator operation. Controller Characteristics& Tuning: Basic control action; Characteristics of ON-OFF, proportional, integral and derivative control modes; Composite control modes; P+I, P+D and P+I+D control modes; Electronic controllers to realize various control actions; Evaluation criteria; IAE, ISE, ITAE and bc decay ratio; Tuning of controllers ; Ziegler-Nichol's method and cohencoon method; Damped oscillation method. Control Systems With Multiple Loop: Cascade control; Feed forward control; Ratio control; Selective control systems; Split range control; Adaptive and inferential control. Analysis of typical process control example systems using Matlab and Simulink. Introduction to computer control of processes. Selected Unit Operations: Mixing; Evaporation; Drying; Heat exchanger; Distillation process;Case study of control schemes employed in process industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the student should be able to:1. Describe how processes may be modelled using mathematical approaches.(AM1)2. Develop block diagrams and transfer functions for process systems.(AM1)3. Analyze controller characteristics & tuning methods in process systems.(AM1,AM5)4. Model a process system and identify critical parameters for control.(AM5,AM7)5. Design a suitable PID controller to achieve the desired response for the process.(AM5,AM7)6. Illustrate the construction, characteristics and application of control valves.(AM7)7. Analyse the practical process level and flow control problems in the process industry.(AM7)8. Identify the control schemes for unit operation in process industries using the computer control of processes.(AM7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Donald P. Eckman.(1993). Automatic Process Control .NewDelhi:Wiley Eastern Ltd. Reference Books: -360 1. Stephanopoulis, G.(1990). Chemical Process Control. New Delhi: Prentice Hall of India. -360 2. Liptak, B.G. (1994). Process Control . Chilton Book Company. -360 3. Curtis D. Johnson. (2002). Process Control Instrumentation Technology. 7 th Edition. New Delhi:Pearson Education / PHI. Balchen, J.G. andMumme, K.J. (1988). Process Control Structures and Application. New York :Van nostrand Reinhold Co.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment-written report-maximum 2000 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-3 Hours