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Development of a Profibus network and WinCC SCADA environment for educational purposes

Walker, Brenton (2011) Development of a Profibus network and WinCC SCADA environment for educational purposes. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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Through the course of the Industrial Computer Systems degree students are exposed to fieldbus technologies and SCADA systems through research projects without the use of practical componentry. This thesis summarises the work completed to provide students with a working fieldbus infrastructure as well as to educate the reader on the development, implementation and testing of such networks.

During this thesis various Profibus networks were designed to be implemented into the Industrial Computer Systems Facility PS2.027 (ICSE). Four networking examples to be implemented in PS2.027 were created to demonstrate various Profibus data exchange arrangements. These examples were then scaled down and simulated on a testing platform built for this project, to demonstrate the network operates as designed. By utilising Profibus diagnostic equipment and techniques the network examples were then verified to be as per the designed arrangements.

In addition to the designed Profibus infrastructure this thesis briefly investigated the development of a small WinCC SCADA environment for one of the scaled Profibus examples. The WinCC SCADA environment designed functioned as required and provided a template to be used as an educational tool.

A large part of this thesis focused on the development of suitable documentation, such as the development of laboratory guides. These guides were designed to be used for the education of future ENG345 – SCADA students. These guides provide the process behind establishing various types of Profibus networks. The documentation developed was also created to outline the use of the various technologies utilised throughout this project.

It was discovered through the research and development of this thesis that many opportunities to further develop this project existed. These advancements could be made after the installation of the Profibus architecture into the Industrial Computer Systems Facility over the summer period.

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