12 - 16 November 2018

Course details

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Fees:
    - per module £2000
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Module leaders

Jon Love, Richard Sallis, Phil Sharp

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Course aims

To provide a sound understanding of all aspects of conventional 3 term control, the use of PID in both simple feedback and related strategies, and the classical approaches to and schemes for the control of a variety of items of process plant. 

Learning objectives

  • To provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of conventional 3-term control embracing standard variations on the PID controller algorithm. 
  • To become familiar with the classical means of controller tuning and with the functionality of typical proprietary controller tuning packages. 
  • To develop an understanding of the various alternative control strategies based upon or related to 3-term control such as cascade, ratio and feedforward control. 
  • To appreciate the functional relationships between the various elements of practical control systems in terms of input and output signals. 
  • To become familiar with typical schemes for the control of a variety of items of plant such as heat exchangers, boilers, reactors, columns, etc. 
  • To develop an understanding of the principles of the process of ‘determination’ in relation to the control of a selection of items of plant. 
  • To gain experience of applying the process of determination as a basis for deciding upon appropriateness of control schemes and strategies. 

Course structure

This module is of one week's full-time intensive study consisting of a variety of formal lectures, informal tutorials for problem solving, and structured ‘hands-on’ laboratory work. The time allocation for practical work is to enable students to carry out a series of structured experiments in the University's process control laboratory.  The experiments will be based upon the strategies and schemes covered in the lectures and tutorials.