Process Control

B. Wayne Bequette


Chemical Process Dynamics and Control

The purpose of this course is to introduce undergraduate students to the theory and practice of chemical process modeling and control. The emphasis is on a model-based approach to control system design. The SIMULINK simulation package (based on MATLAB) is used for dynamic process simulation and control system development. Most of the homework assignments require the use of a laptop computer.

This course was originally taught in the Control and Information Engineering Studio (JEC 4304). A paper (.pdf) describing the studio course was presented at the 2000 AIChE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The course is currently taught using laptop computer classrooms in the Troy Building. A paper (.pdf, 1.4 MB) describing the laptop course was published in the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.

The required textbook for this course, written by Professor Bequette, is Process Control: Modeling, Design and Simulation (Prentice Hall, 2003).


Recent Term: Spring 2005

WebCT is used for course management, particularly the calendar and bulletin board functions.

Course Syllabus (.pdf)


Lecture Notes
Homework Assignments
Learning Modules
Case Studies are performed in groups during the last 5 weeks of the course, to reinforce many concepts learned throughout the course.


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