The course will present real-world applications of control methods for energy processes and power plants. Practical considerations will be made on selecting the best control architecture and including modifications to improve control response.
About this course
Be in control of your energy! How is the operation of a power plant controlled? Energy plants run on autopilot. Designing the control systems that form the “autopilot” is not only critical to ensure safety, but also to operate the plant efficiently, reducing the emissions and increasing the economic revenues.
This course will deal with real-world applications of control systems and with all the practical aspects that need to be considered before hitting the “start button” and running the plant. You will learn how to make the controller faster, more robust, and closer to the desired response for different applications.
The course is perfect for you who are studying your Master's or Ph.D. program, but also for you who are working and wish to develop yourself in the topic of control. The suggested pace is 30% (60 learning hours over 5 weeks) but a flexible pace is possible. You can also take the course on measurement techniques in fluid flow and heat transfer in parallel, which will help you understand how the sensors used to control the process actually work!
The purpose of the course is to address some of the practical challenges in implementing controls for energy systems and to familiarize yourself with commonly used control methods. The course will illustrate how to design and apply a control system for an energy process selecting the best architecture, optimizing the gains, and including practical modifications to improve control response.
Describe the influence of sensors and data acquisition on the control of energy processes and apply different methods to include them in the control design.
Apply state-of-practice control techniques to improve the response of a traditional PID controller.
Compare different control types and structures, and motivate the selection of the most suitable for a specific process.
Design and test a control system in a simulation environment.
The course will present applications of control methods for energy processes and power plants. The influence of data acquisition and sensor noise, time response, and uncertainty on the control design will be addressed. Examples of practical implementation will be given ranging from traditional PID controllers to adaptive and predictive controls, including state of practice solutions in industrial applications.
120 credits of which 90 credits engineering and/or natural science and 7,5 credits mathematics. In addition Swedish course B/Swedish course 3 and English course A/English course 6 are required. For courses offered entirely in English exemption is made from the requirement in Swedish course B/Swedish course 3.
Individual home examination (HEM1) 1 credit, grades: 3, 4, 5, (Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)
Assignment (INL1) 1 credit, grades: 3, 4, 5, (Learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4)
Seminar (SEM1) 0.5 credits, grade Passed (G) (Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4)
Total 2.5 ECTS
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You’ll find the entry requirements in the course description. After submitting your application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course. Most academic credentials from Sweden are retrieved automatically. Wait a few days after submitting your application - if you still can’t see your academic credentials on My pages, please upload them.
If you have studied in another country, you must provide transcripts of your academic studies and of your English proficiency. Exactly what you need to submit and how depends on several factors.
If the course requires work experience, you need to provide an employer’s certificate.
No academic qualifications?
The course requires that you have previous academic studies, but we validate work experience to assess if you have the knowledge that is equal to the eligibility requirements for the course.
If you don’t have the formal qualifications required, please send in a certificate of employment (current or previous) and a CV/Description of competence that describes your educational and professional background. Please include a short description of your work experience, not only the work title.