Process Dynamics and Control

Subject CHEN30009 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty-eight hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated 120 hours
  • 620-293 Engineering Mathematics or 431-202 Engineering Analysis B or equivalent
  • 411-257 Chemical Process Analysis 2 or 411-102 Chemical Process Analysis
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview: This subject covers the dynamics and control of process systems. Topics covered in process dynamics include examples of controlled and manipulated variables and control schemes in process plants. Time domain, Laplace and frequency domain analyses of process dynamics are modelled by linear ordinary differential equations. Students are introduced to the concepts of transfer functions, amplitude ratio and phase angle and Bode plots. Complex process plants are modeled by a series of first, second order and dead time processes. Other topics include process identification by step response and frequency response, pulse testing and the use of commercial software packages such as HYSYS for dynamic simulation. Topics covered in process control include the use of PID controller transfer functions, closed loop transfer functions, the effects of varying proportional gain, derivative and integral times on control response, the effects of measurement lag. Other topics include Routh stability analysis, Bode stability criterion, gain and phase margins, Ziegler-Nichols tuning, and cascade control and improvements arising from cascade control
Objectives: On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Understand the factors influencing the dynamic response of chemical processes to process system changes
• Analyse and implement effective and efficient process control strategies for chemical processes.
  • Two assignments, due Week 4 and due Week 8 of the semester (20% of total mark).
  • One three hour written examination at the end of semester (80% of total mark).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Process Dynamics and Control, Second Edition. D. E. Seborg, T. F. Edgar, D. A. Mellichamp

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate an:
• Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
• In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
• Ability to use a systems approach to design and operational performance.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemical Systems

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