Process Control: Using Simulation-Based Modules to Motivate Basic Concepts

Originally delivered Sep 9, 2015
Source: AIChE
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This presentation provides an overview of benefits achieved by teaching dynamics and control during the junior year, enabling better integration of basic dynamic modeling, simulation and control concepts throughout the chemical engineering curriculum. Process dynamics and control courses are often taught during the senior year, with the disadvantage that most other chemical engineering courses focus on steady state analysis.

Dr. Bequette discusses how MATLAB is introduced and used in the control course, including the use of motivating simulation-based modules that can also be used in other courses. Examples from chemical reactor design are used to illustrate the benefits of integrating dynamics and control concepts into the reactor design course.


B Wayne Bequette

Dr. Bequette worked for three years as a process engineer for American Petrofina between his undergraduate and graduate studies. From 1986 to 1987 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas and from 1987 to 1988 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at Davis. He joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor in 2000. Dr. Bequette was on sabbatical leave during the 1995-6 academic year, spending the fall semester at Merck Research Laboratories and the spring at Northwestern University.

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