Systems Analysis Exam Review

The exam on systems analysis includes stability analysis, higher order systems, block diagrams, and more complex control architectures such as feedforward and cascade control.

The following Learning Outcomes are relevant for the material in this section.

Level 3 (Highest)

  • Students will be able to solve steady-state, overall, material and energy balances for systems which include one or more of the following: recycle, multiple units, chemical reactions.

Level 2

  • Students will be able to set up and solve simple transient material balances.
  • Students will be able to derive batch, CSTR, and PFR performance equations from general material balances.
  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with process control terminology and understand the following control strategies: feed-back control, feed-forward control, and cascade control; as well as the difference between linear and nonlinear systems.
  • Students will be able to write and solve ODE’s that describe the transient behavior of simple lumped-parameter systems.
  • Students will be able to fit data from step or pulse tests to approximate linear models.
  • Students will understand the concept of a transfer function in classical control and be able to use transfer functions (Laplace domain) to approximate the transient behavior of elements in a feedback control loop.
  • Students will be able to predict the closed-loop behavior and evaluate the stability of simple control loops.
  • Students will be able to use block diagrams to help determine system response characteristics.
  • Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how safety and environmental considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.

Level 1

  • Students will be able to set up and solve transient energy balances
  • Students will understand the concepts involved in multiple single loops in applications like simple distillation column control.