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Honeywell Experion System: Configuration, simulation and process control software interoperability

Godfrey, Simon (2016) Honeywell Experion System: Configuration, simulation and process control software interoperability. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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The use of automated distributed control systems has become a widely discussed topic as industry attempts to maximise efficiency. An increase in automation technology has resulted in demand for “industry ready” graduate engineers with knowledge and experience with such technologies. Murdoch University (Murdoch) provides students with exposure to industry standard automation systems such as Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), a Distributed Control System (DCS) designed for the control and optimisation of industrial plants.

Presently, Murdoch uses Experion to monitor and control its pilot plant, exposing instrumentation and control students to the configuration and control of an industrial plant. Additionally, Murdoch holds a second Experion simulation license providing the ability to program and simulate process and control strategies. This project scope was to explore several key areas of the Experion simulation system followed by the development of a series of learning materials to facilitate the teaching of the Experion system to students for a new unit to be introduced at Murdoch University in 2017.

The methodology adopted to achieve the project outcome involved developing a comprehensive understanding of Experion and its associated applications, before building a series of example simulation programs for the purpose of implementing and testing a variety of Experion’s control strategies. Additionally, real-time control of the Experion simulation programs, using third party process control software, was achieved. The successful interoperability of MATLAB, Simulink, and LabVIEW with Experion provides an avenue for implementing advanced control strategies both in simulation and on Murdoch’s pilot plant.

At the conclusion of the project, an extensive list of learning materials was produced, providing comprehensive procedures to enact tasks within the Experion system. This includes initial setup and configuration, development of simulated programs and associated Human Machine Interface (HMI) displays, the implementation of control strategies, and third party process control software interoperability. These learning materials provide students with an enhanced learning experience, giving them the skills and exposure required to thrive in the automation engineering industry as a Murdoch University graduate.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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