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Course Syllabus

Session Topic Reading Assignment Homework
1 Processes and Process Control Systems
  • Block & Schematic Diagrams
  • The Pump Curve
  • The System Curve
  • Variable Speed
Component Sensitivity
  • The Heat Exchanger
  • Control Valve Selection
LAB: Introduction to PC-ControlLab
LAB: Control Valve Simulation

Homework #1 - Valves

Lab Exercise 0
Lab Exercise 1
2 Sensors
  • Temperature, Pressure, Flow, Level
  • Sensor Sensitivity
  • Equation of a Transmitter/Sensor
  • Accuracy and Precision
LAB: Calibrating a transmitter

Homework #2 - Measurement

Lab Exercise 2
3 System Time Elements

LAB: Valve and Positioner
LAB: Measuring a Time Constant
Homework #3 - Time Elements

Lab Exercise 3a
Lab Exercise 3b
4 Feedback Control Theory - Proportional Control

LAB: Controller Study
Discussion of requirements for lab report
Homework #4 - Controllers

Lab Exercise 4
5 Control Theory
   Compensation Reset

LAB: Reset Controller Setup
08_reset.pdf Homework #5 - Reset
Comprehensive Lab Report - Rough Draft Due

Lab Exercise 5
6 Comprehensive Lab Report - DUE
Take-Home Midterm Handed Out

Control Theory

LAB: Using Integral to eliminate Proportional Offset
LAB: PID Controller Simulation


Homework #6 - PID

Lab Exercise 6a
Lab Exercise 6b
7 Take-Home Test #1 DUE
Cascade Control

LAB: Cascade Control Simulation

Homework #7 - Cascade

Lab Exercise 7
8 Control Loop Tuning - Open Loop

LAB: Tuning a Control Loop - Open Loop
Homework #8: Open Loop Tuning

Lab Exercise 8
9 Control Loop Tuning - Closed Loop
                               - 'As Found' Tuning

LAB: Tuning a Control Loop - Closed Loop Tuning
Discussion of requirements for lab report
10_tuning.pdf Homework #9a - Closed loop simulation
Homework #9b - 'As Found' tuning simulation

Lab Exercise 9
10 LAB: Tuning a Control System

Take-Home Test #2 handed out

Lab Exercise 10

Review all material regarding open-loop, closed-loop, and `As-Found' tuning as well as cascaded control. Make sure you have completed all labs and homework regarding tuning processes.

In this lab, we will tune a system in which there exist three interactive loops.
11 Comprehensive Lab Report

Take-Home Test #2 due
If necessary, we will finish last week's lab

The comprehensive lab report and your test is due.

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