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Control Systems and Process Dynamics (ENG299)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides the foundations in the dynamics, modelling and control of process-oriented systems. This includes a number of integrated and interwoven threads including: concepts of process control, system components; elements of dynamic analysis, Laplace Transform; process models, transfer functions; low order, second order and time delay systems; stability; feedback control; PID controller, tuning. Simulink and MATLAB are used extensively in problem solving and simulations while LabVIEW is used to perform measurement/control in the instrumentation and control laboratory.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the completion of this unit, you should have a working knowledge of the following areas:
1. Purpose of a process control system, along with the major components and inter-relationships
2. Mathematical and computer based (Simulink, MATLAB) simulation tools for analysis of dynamic systems
3. Computer based measurement and control (via LabVIEW)
4. Process models continuous time systems
5. Continuous time dynamic systems
6. First and second order systems, characterisation and stereo-typical responses
7. Feedback control
8. Computer Based Control System Components.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; computer workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is three fold. Lectures provide the overview and theoretical underpinnings. The computer workshops provide the background and experience in using the computer based simulation and analysis tools. The laboratories are conducted in a specialised and sophisticated computer based instrumentation and control laboratory. This component provides practical experience and exposure to physical processes and control systems. Analytical, simulation and practical problem solving skills are both emphasized and developed in the 'studio style' of teaching which is used in both the computer workshops and laboratories, where by students are encouraged to talk and help each other.
Assessment Broadly the learning outcomes for this unit are concerned with the development of problem solving skills (analysis, simulation & practical) and knowledge of the operation, structure and components of a typical small control system. This is achieved through the following formal assessment structures:
20% Computer and Laboratory Workshops - Exposure and competency in the understanding, operation and problem solving of computer based analysis and physical process control systems
10% Assignments - Analysis and Simulation Problem solving skills developed and established
35% Tests - Practical Assessment of the Computer Based Analysis and Simulation Skills
35% Exam - Written Assessment of the knowledge and non-computer based problem solving skills.
Prerequisites PEC152/PEN152 Principles of Physics; MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra or co-requisite MAS208 Mathematical Modelling; ENG109 Computing for Scientists and Engineers; ENG192 Energy, Mass and Flow or CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry.
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