2021 Chemical Process System I (Control)

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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.
In the lecture, students also practice using MATLAB / Simulink.

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 Process modeling Understanding of physical modeling for design of process control systems, and derivation of transfer function from a numerical expression based on first principle model.
Class 3 Black box models for process control and internal model control Understanding of importance of black box model for process control, and basic concept of internal model control.
Class 4 Design of PID controller Understanding of basis of PID control, and methods for design of PID controller
Class 5 Degrees of freedom in process control, and control system structure (I) Understanding of relationship between degrees of freedom in process and number of control objective, and basis of control system structure.
Class 6 Control system structure (II) Understanding of basis of control system structure, and methods for design of control system.
Class 7 Application of process control: Control of chemical reactor Understanding of methods for analysis of dynamic behavior of chemical reactor, and basis of method for control of reactor.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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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