Course: Process Control Laboratory

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Course title Process Control Laboratory
Course code AURP/A5LRP
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Gazdoš František, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Chalupa Petr, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Each student will work on 3 projects and each project is carried out on a separate laboratory system. Upon agreement with a teacher, the student chooses from the following list of laboratory systems: - magnetic levitation (levitation of a metal ball in a magnetic field) - pendulum (load on a rod, rotably connected to a carriage which moves in one axis, possibility to use as an upright, inverse pendulum) - two-rotor multidimensional system (non-flying helicopter) - an elastic belt (a rubber belt pulled over the pulleys with possibility to control the speed and/or stretching) - a servomotor (a variable load servo motor that can be considered a simplified model of an electric car, mixer, circular saw,...) - liquid in the tank (pumping liquid into the tank and discharging it via an electrically operated valve) The project specifications varies, but generally consist of the following points: 1. getting to know the system (how does it work?, what are inputs and outputs?) 2. measuring the system behaviour (how the system responds to different inputs?, what is the range of outputs?) 3. simple control design (how to force the outputs to follow the desired course, or keep them within the required range?) The following weekly schedule is assumed (14 weeks): 1. Introduction of models in the Laboratory of Real Processes. Allocation of projects to individual students. 2-5. Work on the 1st project. 6-9. Work on the 2nd project. 10. -13. Work on the 3rd project. 14. Final evaluation of projects and granting credits.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Observation, Simple experiments, Practice exercises, Individual work of students
  • Participation in classes - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquire basic practical skills in the field of process control. Students will be able to obtain basic information about process behavior, analyze it and design a simple control system.
Student has a practical experience with real-time system. Student is able to measure the characteristics of the real-time system. Student has practical experiences with differences between feed-forward and feedback control. Student is able to connect the controller to the real-time system and set its parameters. Student critically treats measured data.
Knowledge of basic terms in the field of automatic control, Knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink is an advantage.

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of the student's performance

Active attendance at exercises and submission and successful defence of all laboratory reports.The result of a subject examination is expressed on a six-point scale: A "výborně" (i.e. "excellent"), B "velmi dobře" (i.e. "very good"), C "dobře" (i.e. "good"), D "uspokojivě" (i.e. "satisfactory"), E "dostatečně" (i.e. "sufficient"), F "nedostatečně" (i.e. "fail").
Recommended literature
  • LEIGH, J. R. Control theory: a guided tour. London, 2012. ISBN 9781621985594.
  • NAVRÁTIL, P. Automatizace, vybrané statě. FAI,UTB ve Zlíně, 2011.
  • NOF, Shimon Y. Springer handbook of automation. Berlin, 2009. ISBN 978-3-540-78830-0.
  • Prokop R., Prokopová Z. Teorie automatického řízení pro bakalářské studium. Brno : VUT, 2000.
  • Prokop, Roman. Teorie automatického řízení II pro bakalářské studium. 1. vyd. Zlín : FT VUT, 2000. ISBN 8021417412.
  • VÍTEČKOVÁ, M., VÍTEČEK, A. Základy automatické regulace. VŠB TU Ostrava, 2008.

Study plans that include the course
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