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Fundamentals of Automatic Process Control

1st Edition

By Uttam Ray Chaudhuri, Utpal Ray Chaudhuri

CRC Press

303 pages | 311 B/W Illus.

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Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of process control is essential for plant practicing engineers and operators. In addition being able to use control hardware and software appropriately, engineers must be able to select or write computer programs that interface the hardware and software required to run a plant effectively. Designed to help readers understand control software and strategies that mimic human activities, Fundamentals of Automatic Process Control provides an integrated introduction to the hardware and software of automatic control systems.

Featured Topics

  • Basic instruments, control systems, and symbolic representations
  • Laplacian mathematics for applications in control systems
  • Various disturbances and their effects on uncontrolled processes
  • Feedback control loops and traditional PID controllers
  • Laplacian analysis of control loops
  • Tuning methods for PID controllers
  • Advanced control systems
  • Virtual laboratory software (included on CD-ROM)

Modern plants require operators and engineers to have thorough knowledge of instrumentation hardware as well as good operating skills. This book explores the theoretical analysis of the process dynamics and control via a large number of problems and solutions spread throughout the text. This balanced presentation, coupled with coverage of traditional and advanced systems provides an understanding of industrial realities that prepares readers for the future evolution of industrial operations.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Automatic Process Control

Objective of Automation

Hardware and Software

Process and Variables

Common Transducers


Control Valves

Open- and Closed-Loop Systems

Process Piping and Instrumentation Diagram

Control Panel

Questions and Answers

Open-Loop Process Dynamics and Transfer Functions

Laplacian Mathematics

First-Order Systems

Second-Order Systems

Higher-Order Systems

Transportation Lag

Transfer Function

Questions and Answers

Disturbances and Responses

Step Disturbance

Step Disturbance to a First-Order System

Step Disturbance to a Second-Order System

Ramp Disturbance

Ramp Disturbance to a First-Order System

Ramp Disturbance to a Second-Order System

Impulse Disturbance

Impulse Disturbance to a First-Order System

Impulse Disturbance to a Second-Order System

Sinusoidal Disturbance

Sinusoidal Disturbance to a First-Order System

Sinusoidal Disturbance to a Second-Order System

Questions and Answers

Process Control Loop System and Analysis

Feedback Control

Temperature Control

Level Control

Flow Control

Pressure Control

Quality Control

Direct and Reverse Acting

Proportional Control

Proportional-Integral (PI) Control

Proportional-Integral-Derivative Control

On-Off Control

Questions and Answers

Control Loop Analysis

Control Loop

Control Strategies

Control Logics

Negative Feedback Control System

Development of a Laplacian Block Diagram

Open- and Closed-Loop Transfer Functions

Regulatory Control Analysis

Servo Control Analysis

Temperature Control Loop Analysis

Level Control Loop Analysis

Pressure Control Loop Analysis

Questions and Answers

Tuning of PID Controllers

Controller Parameters and Performance

Experimental Tuning

Theoretical Tuning

Questions and Answers

Advanced Control Strategies

Cascade Control

Feed-Forward Control

Internal Model Control

Split Range Control

Ratio Control

Inferential Control

Adaptive Control

Override Control

Artificial Neural Logic

Fuzzy Logic Control

Questions and Answers

Virtual Laboratory

Getting Started in the Virtual Laboratory

Study of Open-Loop Systems

Study of Closed-Loop Systems

Tuning Problems

Advanced Control Systems

Computer Control


Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition


Direct Digital Control

Laboratory Control System

Selected Problems and Solutions of GATE Examinations from 2002 to 2012

About the Series

Chemical Industries

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical