ChE 466: Process Dynamics and Control
Course #: CHE 466 (3 credits)
Course Title: Process Dynamics and Control
Terms Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: CHE 343: Separation Processes, CHE 344: Reaction Engineering and Design
Textbooks/Required Materials: Process Dynamics and Control, 4th edition, D. Seborg, D. Mellichamp, T. Edgar, F. Doyle (Wiley, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-119-28595-3
Cognizant Faculty: Allman, Lin, Singh, Nikolla, Tadd
Faculty Approval: 2022-08-24
CoE Bulletin Description:
Introduction to process control in chemical engineering. Control architecture design, notation, and implementation. Mathematical modeling and analysis of open-loop and closed-loop process dynamics. Applications to the control of level, flow, heat exchangers, reactors, and elementary multivariable systems. Optimization and model predictive control.
Course Topics: (number of hours in parentheses)
- P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams), sensors and valves (4)
- Analysis of unsteady-state models of unit operations (12)
- Analysis and tuning of feedback control systems (8)
- Feed-forward, Cascade, Ratio, and multivariable control strategies (6)
- Optimization and model predictive control(6)
- Economic, environmental, social, and safety objectives (4)
Course Structure/Schedule: Lecture: 2 per week @ 1.5 hours
Course Objectives: Links shown in brackets are to course outcomes that satisfy these objectives.
- Provide a conceptual and methodological framework for describing a process and its control system. [a-f]
- Provide a conceptual and methodological framework for quantitatively analyzing and evaluating automatic control systems for chemical processes [c-g]
Course Outcomes: Links shown in brackets are to ABET student outcomes 1-7.
A. Draw piping and instrumentation diagrams following accepted standards and using appropriate symbols [1,2].
B. Explain the operation of sensors and valves, including appropriate placement and linking .
C. Formulate unsteady state models for common unit operations, and solve the resulting differential equations using analytical and numerical methods .
D. Explain the operation of P, I, D, and PID controllers, and be able to simulate them and tune them using classical methods 
E. Explain and implement feedback, feed forward, ratio, and cascade control architectures .
F. Apply control strategies to address safety and environmental issues [2,4].
G. Formulate and solve optimization problems for model predictive control [1,2].
Assessment Tools: Links shown in brackets are to course outcomes.
- Homework and class problems [a-f]
- Biweekly quizzes [a-f]
- Final exam [a-g]
- End of semester project [c-g]