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Design and construction of a multi-level control system using the Compact RIO controller and LabVIEW

Blay, Kane (2010) Design and construction of a multi-level control system using the Compact RIO controller and LabVIEW. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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This report outlines the design and construction of a multi-level control system for the Murdoch University Universal Water System (UWS). The UWS can be re-configured (using a series of manual valves) to behave as a single integrated system, three individual systems, or any 2-1 combination of the systems. Due to the high interconnectivity between the tanks the system displays a high level of control loop interaction. This is desirable as it allows students the opportunity to test advanced control models (both SISO and MIMO).

The project is now complete, with the UWS control system in place and successfully commissioned and tested. The control system is designed to be used by operators with varying levels of abilities. The client program template can be used as a standard operator interface, with default control loop selection and tuning. The client template can also be used to select alternate control loops and tuning parameters. Advanced users can even add custom controller models to the system by use of the provided code modules. Alternatively, users can connect to the system via OPC and construct controllers using Excel or MATLAB interfaces.

This report also covers the extensive documentation and user guides that have been generated for the UWS project.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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