Lecture 1 - Introduction to Process Dynamics and Control

Welcome to Process Dynamics and Control course. Below are the lecture notes for the first class period.

Lecture 1 Class Notes


  1. Course reading for next class: Chapter 1 (PDC), Chapter 1 (PPC).
  2. Please fill out the information sheet. There is a link under Course Information in the navigation bar.
  3. Review the list of competencies (here) and make a mental note of which ones you have already mastered.
  4. Be prepared to discuss examples of controllers around you. For each system that you can identify, make a mental note of the following characteristics of that system:
    1. CV - Controlled variable: what is it trying to maintain, optimize, or control?
    2. MV - Manipulated variable: what is it changing to achieve the control objective?
    3. Disturbances: what may cause the controlled variable to deviate from the desired target?
  5. A control loop consists of:
    1. actuator (takes action)
    2. sensor (measures)
    3. controller (computes)

Control Loop Introduction

Run through this example problem in MATLAB / Simulink. Think about control loops around you and the three essential elements: (1) actuator (2) sensor and (3) controller. Be prepared to discuss this in the next class period.

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