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The use of the pilot plant facility in teaching process control engineering at Murdoch University

Vu, L.T.T., Bahri, P.A.ORCID: 0000-0003-4661-5644 and Cole, G. (2010) The use of the pilot plant facility in teaching process control engineering at Murdoch University. In: Chemeca 2010: Engineering at the Edge, 26 - 29 September, Adelaide, Australia



The Pilot Plant at Murdoch University is equipped with a Honeywell Supervisory Control System, known as SCAN3000. The plant was designed to simulate three stages: grinding and digestion, clarification, and precipitation of the Bayer Process to manufacture alumina from bauxite. This paper presents some examples in design and implementation of a great number of feature-based feedback PI controllers and the implementation of sophisticated control laws such as Generic Model Control (GMC), Dynamic Matrix Control (DMC), Supervisory Control and Fuzzy Control. Although all features of the pilot plant are not currently available for teaching purposes, Process Control Engineering (PCE) students still have the opportunity to operate and implement many different control strategies to various unit operations such as working with a real process to obtain real hands-on experience. A different example is the upgrade and maintenance program based on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) which highlights the learning and developing of skills in using PLC and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems (SCADA).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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