3rd Edition

Introduction to Process Control

ISBN 9780429351396
Published July 14, 2020 by CRC Press
740 Pages 370 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Introduction to Process Control, Third Edition continues to provide a bridge between traditional and modern views of process control by blending conventional topics with a broader perspective of integrated process operation, control, and information systems. Updated and expanded throughout, this third edition addresses issues highly relevant to today’s teaching of process control:

  • Discusses smart manufacturing, new data preprocessing techniques, and machine learning and artificial intelligence concepts that are part of current smart manufacturing decisions
  • Includes extensive references to guide the reader to the resources needed to solve modeling, classification, and monitoring problems
  • Introduces the link between process optimization and process control (optimizing control), including the effect of disturbances on the optimal plant operation, the concepts of steady-state and dynamic back-off as ways to quantify the economic benefits of control, and how to determine an optimal transition policy during a planned production change
  • Incorporates an introduction to the modern architectures of industrial computer control systems with real case studies and applications to pilot-scale operations
  • Analyzes the expanded role of process control in modern manufacturing, including model-centric technologies and integrated control systems
  • Integrates data processing/reconciliation and intelligent monitoring in the overall control system architecture


Drawing on the authors’ combined 60 years of teaching experiences, this classroom-tested text is designed for chemical engineering students but is also suitable for industrial practitioners who need to understand key concepts of process control and how to implement them. The text offers a comprehensive pedagogical approach to reinforce learning and presents a concept first followed by an example, allowing students to grasp theoretical concepts in a practical manner and uses the same problem in each chapter, culminating in a complete control design strategy. A vast number of exercises throughout ensure readers are supported in their learning and comprehension.


Downloadable MATLAB® toolboxes for process control education as well as the main simulation examples from the book offer a user-friendly software environment for interactively studying the examples in the text. These can be downloaded from the publisher’s website. Solutions manual is available for qualifying professors from the publisher.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. 1. Why Process Control? 2. Definitions and Terminology. Part II: Modeling for Control. 3. Basic Concepts in Modeling. 4. Development of Models from Fundamental Laws. 5. Input-Output Models. 6. Models from Process Data. Part III: Process Analysis. 7. Stability. 8. Dynamic  Performance. 9. Frequency Response. Part IV: Feedback Control. 10. Basic Elements of Feedback Control. 11. Stability Analysis of Closed-Loop Processes. 12. Feedback Control Design. Part V: Model-Based Control. 13. Model-Based Control. 14. Model Uncertainty and Robustness. 15. Model Predictive Control. Part VI: Multivariable Control. 16. Multivariable Systems. 17. Multivariable Systems. 18. Design of Multivariable Controllers. Part VII: Control in Modern Manufacturing. 19. Practical Control of Nonlinear Processes. 20. Process Optimization and Control. 21. Industrial Control Technology. 22. Role of Process Control in Modern Manufacturing. 23. Data Processing and Reconciliation. 24. Process Monitoring.

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Jose A. Romagnoli holds the Cain Chair in Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is the director of the Laboratory for Process Systems Engineering at Louisiana State University. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Romagnoli has authored more than 300 international publications and was awarded the Centenary Medal of Australia for his contributions to chemical engineering. His research covers all aspects of process systems engineering, including data processing and reconciliation, modeling of complex systems, advanced model-based control, intelligent process monitoring and supervision, and plant-wide optimization.

Ahmet Palazoglu is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Davis. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Palazoglu has authored more than 150 publications and has taught short courses to academic and industrial audiences on process monitoring applications. His research interests include process control, nonlinear dynamics, process monitoring, and statistical modeling.

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