Short Title:Energy Control Systems 1
Full Title:Energy Control Systems 1
Module Code:CSYS H2002
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JAMES WRIGHT
Module Author:Traoloch O Brien
Module Description:This module introduces the measurement and manipulation of process signals. The operation of analogue and digital sensors, and actuators is addressed. Programmable logic controllers are introduced.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Use a variety of analog sensors and meters (thermal, position, speed, flow, power) to acquire process information
LO2 Use, describe, and explain signal conditioning circuits to modify/interface sensor data
LO3 describe the operation of on/off and proportional closed loop control systems
LO4 calculate the error performance and speed of response of simple closed loop control systems.
LO5 Implement simple control schemes using PLCs
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Analog sensors and transducers encountered in control systems:
Characteristics and operational considerations including range, accuracy, response time etc. thermal, position, velocity, flow, power, strain, level etc)
20.00%
Signal conditioning and signal transmission systems:
Noise in transmitted signals, pre-amplification, differential amplification, filtering. Analog control signal standards: 4-20mA, cabling, 3-wire and 4-wire circuits. Nulling, calibration and fault detection on sensor circuits.
20.00%
Digital Sensors:
Switching characteristics (speed, power rating, sensitivity and reliability of mechanical, electromechanical and electronic sensors. Transistor switches, gates and logic, photo- diodes, opto-couplers and encoders. Analog to digital and digital to analog conversion.
20.00%
PLCs
Open loop control of simple actuators using PLCs.
20.00%
Principles of feedback control:
Benefits and disadvantages. Practical proportional control using standalone PID controllers, PLC, PC or industrial control networks.
20.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Group practical to measure sensor characteristics of a range of sensors: sensitivity curve, speed, accuracy, linearity. (Use of electronic lab instruments) 1,2 8.00 Week 2
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical to capture thermal response of resistor to pulsed flow of current, using A/D card in PLC or PC 1,2,3 8.00 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation Signal conditioning lab 1,2 8.00 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation PLC lab1 1,3,5 8.00 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation PLC lab 2 3,4,5 8.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical laboratory session 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical laboratory session 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Norman S. Nise 2008, Control Systems engineering, John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, NJ [ISBN: 0470169974]
  • Edward Hughes, John Hiley, Keith Brown, Ian McKenzie Smith,, Hughes Electrical & Electronic Technology, 7th ed Ed., Pearson Education USA [ISBN: 9780132060110]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Richard C. Dorf, Robert H. Bishop 2008, Modern control systems, 1st Ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, N.J. [ISBN: 9780132270281]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 3 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering 3 Mandatory