Chemical Process Control

What is Process Control?Edit

The manipulation of an object (actuation device) to maintain a parameter within an acceptable deviation from an ideally required condition. At it's core, process control is the transfer of variability from on variable to another.

There are two basic process control philosophies, feedback and feedforward control.

Feedback ControlEdit

In feedback control, the controlled variable is measured and compared with a set-point. The deviation between the controlled variable and the set-point is the error signal. The error signal is then used to reduce the deviation of controlled variable from set-point.

Direct Acting ControlEdit

If the controlled variable increases as the manipulated variable increases, then direct acting control is used.

Reverse Acting ControlEdit

Feedforward ControlEdit

Advanced ControlEdit

Mathematical ModelingEdit

Conservation LawsEdit

The conservation laws on mass, energy and momentum are fundamental bases for the development of models of chemical processes. The general form of the law for a variable , when applied to a control volume (CV) is


When applied to mass this becomes the Law of Conservation of Mass. Assuming no nuclear reactions take place, then the rate of generation or disappearance of mass is zero. Hence, we have


In symbols we may say


where M stands for the total mass within the CV

Process Reaction CurveEdit

Statistical ModelsEdit

Using Mathematical ModelsEdit


The mechanical device that cause the activation or movement of a final control element.
Direct Synthesis
Final Control Element
A physical device whose activation or movement causes a change in a dynamic process. In process control, the most common final control elements are control valves.
Frequency Domain
Internal Model Control
IMC-PID Tuning
A method for PID tuning that selects tuning parameters to approximate an IMC-derived controller.
Ladder Logic
A semi-graphical programming language used to represent control algorithms. The language is expressed using symbols for logic devices. The arrangement of the device symbols and their connections has the appearance of a ladder.
Laplace Transform
An integral transformation from time domain to Laplace domain. Given a function of time  , the Laplace transform is given by the following
The use of   to represent the Laplace transform of   is a common convention; however, in dynamics and control it is common to use   and   to represent a time-domain function and its Laplace transform, respectively.
PID Controller
Programmable Logic Controller, a microprocessor-based electronic device for implementing control algorithms.
Time Domain
Ziegler-Nichols Tuning