Control Systems Instrumentation

Higher education teachers: Blažič Sašo
Credits: 7
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64123

Subject description


Enrolment in the 3rd year of study. The exam can be taken only after the laboratory exercises are completed.

Content (Syllabus outline):

The course treats measurement systems, controllers, and actuators used in the following problem areas: process industry, manufacturing industry, and robotics. It will also deal with some special cases of measurement systems for substance analysis, analytical measurements, microsensors, biosensors, and virtual sensors. The following chapters will be covered:

  • Basic principles of control systems.
  • Safety standards in the area of automation systems (Ingress Protection – IP, IK rating, equipment in hazardous areas)
  • Standard signals of control systems.
  • Measurement systems:
  • sensors (position, path, speed, acceleration, force, torque, level, flow, temperature, pressure, proximity, distance, humidity, thermal conductivity, viscosity, density, analytical measurements, special measurements), vision-based measurement systems, transmitters.
  • Actuator systems:
  • actuators (electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic motors, control and on/off valves, pumps) power converters (frequency converter, relay, electro-pneumatic valve, electro-hydraulic valve etc.)
  • Process Controllers and Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Main stress will be given to parameterisation of instrumentation and its implementation in the control and supervisory systems.

Objectives and competences:

  • Get to know fundamental instrumentation in control systems practice and their implementation from engineer's (user/maintainer/control system designer) point of view.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Understanding principles of operation for most commonly used measurement systems, controllers and actuators and their communication.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures, seminar, laboratory exercises, excursions to industiral and semi-industrial plants.

Study materials

  • A. Belič: Gradniki in tehnologije v sistemih vodenja. Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana, 2012.
  • R. Karba: Gradniki sistemov vodenja, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana, 1994.
  • J. Kocijan, J. Petrovčič: Praktični vidiki uporabe gradnikov v sistemih vodenja, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana, 2002.
  • C. W. de Silva: Sensors and actuators: control systems instrumentation, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2007.
  • J. Stenerson: Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors and Communication, Regents/Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1994.
  • S. Strmčnik in soavtorji: Celostni pristop k računalniškem vodenju procesov, Založba FE in FRI, Ljubljana, 1998.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 3 year - 1st cycle - Electrical Enginnering - Control Engineering