Process Control Basics
Students will learn about chemical processes, units, and corresponding equipment related to process control.
Transient Material Balances
Students will be able to set up and solve simple transient material balances.
Transient Energy Balances
Students will be able to set up and solve simple transient energy balances.
Process Control Terminology
Students will demonstrate familiarity with process control terminology and understand the following control strategies: feed-back control, feed-forward control, and cascade control; as well as the difference between linear and nonlinear systems.
Students will be able to write and solve ODE's that describe the transient behavior of simple systems.
Fitting Data to Models
Students will be able to fit data from step or pulse tests to linear models.
Students will understand the concept of a transfer function in classical control and be able to use transfer functions (Laplace domain) to approximate the behavior of control loops and their components.
Predicting Closed-Loop Behavior
Students will be able to predict the closed-loop behavior and evaluate the stability of simple control loops.
PID controller Relationships
Students will understand and be able to use tuning relationships for PID controllers.
Block Diagrams to Determine Response
Students will be able to use block diagrams to help determine system response characteristics.
Process Variable Measurement Equipment
Demonstrate familiarity with equipment for measurement and control of process variables.
Applying Process Control Principles (Industrial System)
Students will demonstrate familiarity and experience with the application of process control principles on an industrial control system.
Process Control Equipment
Students will demonstrate familiarity and experience with process control equipment.
Interpret Graphical Data
Students will demonstrate effective interpretation of graphical data.
Using a Process Simulator
Students will be able to use a process simulator to conduct process control.
Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.
Students will exhibit critical and creative thinking skills for analysis and evaluation of problems and cause-effect relationships.
Students will be able to rationalize units, make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.
Rationalization, Ordering, Assessment, and Selection
Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how safety considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.
Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how environmental considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.
Control Valve Selection
Students will understand the principles involved in selecting a control valve.
Tuning Control Loops
Students will be able to tune a single feedback control loop.
Students will be able to design a simple feedback loop to control process equipment.
Designing Feedback Loops
Students will be able to perform preliminary valve sizing and understand the interaction of the valve with other process components.
Basic Concepts of Multiple Single Loops
Students will understand the concepts involved in multiple single loops in applications like simple distillation column control.
Students will demonstrate effective reading of technical material.