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Process Control Engineering I (ENG309)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit develops skills and practical experience in the control of process oriented systems. Specific topics include process models; high order, inverse response, time-delay and non-linear systems and control; disturbances, variable operating conditions; frequency response; theoretical process modelling; process identification; complex control structures, feedback, feed-forward and cascade systems; internal model control. Simulink, MATLAB and LabView are used extensively in problem solving, simulations and measurement/control.
Unit Learning Outcomes After the successful completion of this unit you should have a thorough working knowledge and practical experience with:
1. Instrumentation typical of Process Control Systems, and the inter-relationships
2. Laplace and z Transform Domain Analysis and Design Techniques
3. Continuous and discrete time systems
4. Simple vs difficult dynamic processes
5. Frequency Response Methods of Analysis and Design
6. Process Modelling and Identification
7. Feedback, Feedforward, Cascade and Multi-loop Control Systems
8. Model Based control
9. Software packages to analyse, design and simulate control systems
10. Application of the theory and simulation tools to the understanding, implementation and tuning of physical system
11. Application of fundamental engineering principles to the design and operation of modern control systems used to operate process equipment effectively and safely.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop 1 x 2 hours per week; computer workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week; Laboratory demonstration: 1 x 2 hours session per week.
Unit Learning Experiences A studio style of learning is used in this unit. Whereas the lectures provide an overview of the weekly topic, the Workshops and Laboratories are conducted in the specialised 24/7 instrumentation and control facility. Students are encouraged to meet, discuss and work through both computer based and laboratory work to learn, build and practice their analysis and problem solvings skills and knowledge in the control systems area.
Other Learning Experiences The specialised instrumentation and control facility (PS2.026) can be used 24/7. Students are encouraged to use the facility to learn, build and practise the required laboratory and computer based skills and knowledge.
Assessment 15% Laboratory work - This work builds an understanding in process oriented real world dynamic systems and control, as well as providing a physical framework to implement the designed controllers and systems. As the laboratory work is completed in small groups, it provides an opportunity to develop group-oriented skills.
15% Individual topic tests - Oral assessments provide an opportunity for students to build confidence and understanding in using and applying the technical language of the area.
15% Minor computer-based tests - This provides an opportunity under staff guided situations for student to practice their problem solving skills in a controlled situation.
55% Major computer tests - Assesses the individual understanding and application of skills and knowledge of dynamic systems and control in a completely supervised situation.
Prerequisites ENG294 Discrete Time Systems and ENG299 Control Systems and Process Dynamics or ENG267 Control Systems and Process Dynamics;
ENG298 or ENG241 Principles of Process Engineering.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech)
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Linh Vu
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1446
e: Linh.Vu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003C - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Linh Vu
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1446
e: Linh.Vu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003C - Building 220, Murdoch Campus
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