A Real-Time Approach to Process Control / Edition 2

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A Real- Time Approach to Process Control provides the reader with both a theoretical and practical introduction to this increasingly important approach. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this text introduces all of the applied fundamentals of process control from instrumentation to process dynamics, PID loops and tuning, to distillation, multi-loop and plant-wide control. In addition, readers come away with a working knowledge of the three most popular dynamic simulation packages. The text carefully balances theory and practice by offering readings and lecture materials along with hands-on workshops that provide a 'virtual' process on which to experiment and from which to learn modern, real time control strategy development.

As well as a general updating of the book specific changes include:

  • A new section on boiler control in the chapter on common control loops
  • A major rewrite of the chapters on distillation column control and multiple single-loop control schemes
  • The addition of new figures throughout the text
  • Workshop instructions will be altered to suit the latest versions of HYSYS, ASPEN and DYNSIM simulation software
  • A new solutions manual for the workshop problems
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Editorial Reviews

This textbook for senior chemical engineering students provides a hands-on introduction to process control by using only time-based representations of the process and the associated instrumentation and control. The discussion covers process design versus controllability trade-offs, computer simulation, control loop configurations, tuning, and techniques for the control of vessels and distillation columns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470025338
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.83 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

William Y. Svrcek, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

Donald P. Mahoney, Chemical Industry Business Solutions, SAP AG, USA

Brent R. Young, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Table of Contents




About the authors.

1 A brief history of control and simulation.

2 Process control hardware fundamentals.

3 Fundamentals of single inputsingle output systems.

4 Basic control modes.

5 Tuning feedback controllers.

6 Advanced topics in classical automatic control.

7 Common control loops.

8 Distillation column control.

9 Using steady-state methods in a multi-loop control scheme.

10 Plant-wide control.


1 P&ID symbols.

2 Glossary of terms.

A2.1 Reference.


1 Learning through doing.

2 Feedback control loop concepts.

3 Process capacity and dead time.

4 Feedback control.

5 Controller tuning for capacity and dead time processes.

6 Topics in advanced control.

7 Distillation control.

8 Plant operability and controllability.


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