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EST 106
Process Control Instrumentation and Troubleshooting


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 70

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40


Description
Learn how to manually and automatically control a process loop using a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller, feedback gauges and sensors, and a final control element. Math skills and knowledge of how to use a digital multimeter (DMM) are required. This course is a prerequisite for EST 285: Advanced Instrumentation and SCADA. Prerequisites: OCSUP 107 and EST 133 or instructor permission.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Define basic concepts of thermodynamics.
  • Describe and solve challenges involving heat capacity, ideal gas law, material balances, and/or heat transfer.
  • Interpret a Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID).
  • Describe a specific gravity of liquids and its relation to measuring tank levels using pressure.
  • Troubleshoot and calibrate instruments in a process loop using relevant equations and a digital multi-meter (DMM).
  • Demonstrate use of a controller to manage a current-pressure (I/P) converter and a pneumatic diaphragm valve.
  • Program a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller to manually and automatically control a process loop.

  • Course Topics
  • Thermodynamics terms and units of measurement.
  • Specific heat capacity, internal energy, and enthalpy.
  • Ideal gas law: temperature, pressure, and volume.
  • Steam systems/boilers/heat transfer/heat exchangers/condensers/distillation.
  • Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management (RM).
  • Introduction to process controls.
  • Manipulated and controlled variables.
  • Instrument tags.
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams.
  • Loop controllers.
  • Final control elements.
  • Level measurement.
  • Liquid level control.
  • Methods of automatic control.
  • Basic flow measurement and control.
  • Differential pressure flow measurement and control.
  • Introduction to SCADA.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    EST 106
    Fall 2017
    0971
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 106
    Spring 2017
    0971
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 106
    Winter 2017
    6904
    Robert Brewer
    EST 106
    Fall 2016
    0971
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 106
    Spring 2016
    0971
    Jason Selwitz


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
    X
     
     
    X
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.