ENCH391-16S2 (C) Semester Two 2016

Process Systems and Control

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
11 Jul 2016 - 13 Nov 2016


An introduction to process dynamics and process control technology.

• Dynamic process modelling
• Process dynamic elements such as resistive, capacitive, first-order, oscillatory and dead-time elements
• Behaviour of systems of dynamic elements using MATLAB and Excel
• Basic feedback control concepts and the Proportional-Integral-Derivative controller
• Closed loop stability and empirical tuning of controllers
• Control hardware including controllers, sensors and valves
• Cascade, ratio and feed-forward control
• Control of unit operations

The course will be taught both via a real-time approach involving the hands on use of dynamic simulation and building on classical process dynamics knowledge developed in earlier years.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ken Morison


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Dynamic systems with Matlab 05 Aug 2016 6%
Process Dynamics Lab weeks 5 & 6 07 Sep 2016 8%
Computer Test 14 Sep 2016 10%
Tuning Lab Completion 2%
Assignment 3 28 Sep 2016 8%
Assignment 4 14 Oct 2016 8%
Computer and Written Exams 58%


Recommended Reading

Marlin, T. E; Process control : designing processes and control systems for dynamic performance; 2nd ed; McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Svrcek, William Y. , Mahoney, Donald P., Young, Brent R; A real-time approach to process control; 2nd ed; Wiley, 2006.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $901.00

International fee $4,863.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

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