June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
A Capstone and Design Project on Process Automation: Technical Details and Student Learnings
Manufacturing industries operate under various constraints while trying to be competitive in today’s business environment. For instance, they must operate safely and in an environmentally friendly manner with minimum carbon footprint. This requires better utilization of raw materials and less energy consumption.
One of the most energy consuming manufacturing processes is the distillation process. Thus, improved distillation column design and automated operation are very important in achieving energy reduction for such processes.
The capstone project at our Engineering Technology department provides a unique opportunity to senior students to work on a challenging project and provide practical solutions to important process automation problems. As such, this paper will discuss the design, construction, instrumentation, modeling, simulation, and control of a binary distillation column. In addition to technical details, student learnings on project management, budget and schedule development, teamwork, and technical communication will also be presented.
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