Process Dynamics, Operations, and Control

A simple control system.

A large tank must be filled with liquid from a supply line. One operator stands at ground level to operate the feed valve. Another stands on the tank, gauging its level with a dipstick. When the tank is near full, the stick operator will instruct the other to start closing the valve. Overfilling can cause spills, but underfilling will cause later process problems. See Lesson 1 to find a better way! (Lesson 1 image by Dr. Barry Johnston.)


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Spring 2006



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This course introduces dynamic processes and the engineering tasks of process operations and control. Subject covers modeling the static and dynamic behavior of processes; control strategies; design of feedback, feedforward, and other control structures; and applications to process equipment.


In preparing this material, the author has recalled with pleasure his own introduction, many years ago, to Process Control. This OCW course is dedicated with gratitude, to Prof. W. C. Clements of the University of Alabama.

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Barry Johnston. 10.450 Process Dynamics, Operations, and Control. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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