June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
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Design and Implementation of a Three Course Sequence in Control Systems
Ray Bachnak Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
The Control Systems Engineering Technology program at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (A&M-CC) has a three-course sequence consisting of Principles of Measurements, Control Systems I, and Control Systems II. In fall of 2000, a committee of seven industry professionals was formed to help the faculty in the design and implementation of this sequence. This paper presents the final recommendations of the committee, discusses the development and implementation of the three courses, and describes the laboratory being developed with state-of-the-art instruments to support the sequence. The laboratory provides several capabilities, including internet-based experimentation, data acquisition, process variable measurements, control system modeling and design, sensor technology applications, and signal processing.
At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, we are in the final phases of implementing a B.S. degree program in Control Systems Engineering Technology (CSET). The CSET curriculum has a three-course sequence consisting of Principles of Measurements, Control Systems I, and Control Systems II. The purpose of this sequence is to produce graduates that have a solid knowledge of control concepts, techniques, and applications. In fall of 2000, a committee of seven industry professionals, representing five companies, was formed to help the faculty in the design and implementation of the sequence. After several meetings, the Controls Sequence Committee (CSC) recommended that the three-course sequence should address a variety of instrumentation and control topics, including the following (not necessarily in this order): Measuring devices; various sensor types and characteristics (temperature, level, pressure, flow, force, displacement, etc.); selection of sensors; analog and digital signal conditioning, display of data; electronic devices; open and closed-loop control; controller design; process characteristics; digital controllers; modes of control; Laplace transform applications; control-loop characteristics; analog and digital controllers; controller design; controller mode selection; controller tuning procedures; distributed control systems; supervisory control; networks (local area networks, fieldbus, protocols, etc.); data transmission; gain and phase margins; stability; understanding of a complete control system; analyzers; media. The rest of this paper describes the implementation of the individual courses and presents the laboratory being developed to support them.
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition. Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Bachnak, R. (2002, June), Design And Implementation Of A Three Course Sequence In Control Systems Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10923
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