2018 Chemical Process System I (Analysis and Composition)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Matsumoto Hideyuki 
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Course description and aims

The goal of this course is for students to learn the basics of process systems engineering. On the basis of the fundamental elements of chemical engineering such as unit operation and transport phenomena, the methodology for process control is studied for the purpose of process design and operation. Specifically, students learn definition of process systems, and importance of process control. Students study basic steps for design of process control systems. Moreover, students study methodology for design of control systems based on the process modeling.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Have an understanding of approaches to process modeling and process control, which are essential for performing process design and operation.
2) Have an understanding of mathematical means to perform process control such as transfer function and block diagram expression, and apply these mathematical techniques to design of PID controller for SISO system.


Process control, Modeling, Simulation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

A lecture is given on each topic. I assign practice problems for each class to check students' understanding of the material.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to process control Understanding of definition of process systems, and importance of process control.
Class 2 Basic Procedure of design of process control systems Understanding of seven basic steps for design of process control systems.
Class 3 Design of controller and implementation Understanding of the basic algorithms for process control, and hardware for implementation of the control systems.
Class 4 Process modeling and degrees of freedom Understanding of physical modeling for design of process control systems, and relationship between degrees of freedom in process and number of control objective.
Class 5 Transfer function of process and block diagram Students must be able to derive transfer function from a numerical expression based on first principle model, and to express control system by using block diagram.
Class 6 Black box models for process control Understanding of importance of black box model for process control, and methods for analysis of dynamic characteristics of process by using the black box model.
Class 7 Internal model control and PID control Understanding of basic concept of internal model control, and methods for design of PID controller for SISO system.


Masahiro Ohshima: Process Control Systems, Corona Publishing Co., Ltd. (2003)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on exercise problems and final exam.

Related courses

  • CAP.C205 : Chemical Process Stoichiometry
  • CAP.C206 : Chemical Reaction Engineering I (Homogeneous System)
  • CAP.C201 : Transport Phenomena I (Momentum)
  • CAP.C202 : Transport Phenomena II (Heat)
  • CAP.C203 : Transport Phenomena III (Mass)
  • CAP.C212 : Separation Operation

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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