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Murdoch University pilot plant advanced control technology upgrade

Hopkinson, Earl (2010) Murdoch University pilot plant advanced control technology upgrade. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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The Pilot Plant is an integral teaching facility for engineering students and as such the completion of the upgrade is critical. This thesis paper summarizes the work conducted in upgrading the hardware and software of the Murdoch University Pilot Plant. Due to the scope of the project not all aspects can be discussed in this paper. The paper is broken into nine chapters, and provides insight into the five stages of the project, being: Hardware installation, Commissioning, Coding, HMI display development and Excel communication. Each stage is unique and requires both technical and theoretical knowledge for completion.

The nature of a new operating system requires a large amount of documentation. Throughout the progression of each stage standard operating procedures for the configuration of Experion PKS applications were constructed. More technical characteristics of Experion PKS have been documented as functional descriptions while the new operating procedures have been detailed in student user guides. This includes user guides for operating the Pilot Plant via Station or Excel.

The pilot plant is considered a showcase for Instrumentation and Control engineering at Murdoch University. Consequently the Pilot Plant will be housed in the new engineering and science building so all can marvel in its glory. The move to the new building adds another level of complexity to this thesis, in that it is vital for the plant to be operational prior to the move and for that reason Excellent time management throughout the project was essential.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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