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EET Capstone Student Project: Chemical Mixing Plant Integrated with Programmable Logical Controller and Human Machine Interface

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Capstone & Senior Design Projects

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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24.2.1 - 24.2.15



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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Associate
Professor in the Electrical Engineering
Technology program in the
School of Technology at Michigan Technological
University. Dr. Aleksandr
Sergeyev earned his bachelor degree in
Electrical Engineering at Moscow University
of Electronics and Automation in
1995. He obtained the Master degree
in Physics from Michigan Technological
University in 2004 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering
from Michigan Technological University in 2007.
Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev’s research interests include high
energy laser propagation through the turbulent atmosphere,
developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing
and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital
inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy.
Dr. Sergeyev is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE and
is actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Quinn Alexander Parnell


Turki Arif Aldulaijan Michigan Technological University

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Senior student in Michigan Tech majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology. Earned an associate degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology from Jubail Industrial College, Saudi Arabia.
Interested in sensors and controllers.

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Kerry O'Conner

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EET Capstone Student Project: Chemical Mixing Plant Integrated with Programmable Logical Controller and Human Machine InterfaceThe capstone project course is an intrinsic part of the undergraduate education. The capstoneprojects are widely regarded as an excellent mechanism for assessing the outcomes ofengineering and engineering technology programs and can serve as a direct measure of thequality of graduates. Capstone projects provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate theircritical thinking skills, communication skills, as well as time and project management skills. Thecapstone course prepares students to better understand the professional roles in the engineeringand technology community. As part of the continuous efforts in developing critical thinkingskills among the graduates of UNIVERSITY, the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)Program at the University is to engage a group of EET students in solving engineering problemas part of capstone integrating experience and to fulfill the degree program requirements.The purpose of this capstone senior design project is to integrate a programmable logicController (PLC) with Human Machine Interface (HMI) to control a chemical mixing plant. Themachine uses various normally open and normally closed contacts, to mix and heat/cool up tothree different liquids. The PLC is used to control the various ac and dc inputs and outputs (12volt dc inputs, 120 volt ac outputs, and 12 volt dc outputs) of the plant to achieve the desiredpreset conditions of the chemical process. The inputs of the plant are used to collect the datafrom a flow meter and temperature sensors. The HMI allows the operator to employ additionalfunctions and the integrated PLC provides a variable control for a pressure transducer, heater,and mixer. The final product will be further used in classroom instructions providing the studentswith hands-on experiences programming PLC and getting familiar with HMI functions.Additionally, the project provides an excellent opportunity for EET students to apply their skillsand course work and interact with faculty on a real-world design challenge.In this article, we describe an effective approach of conducting capstone senior design project,the project requirements, the significance of the project, and specific project outcomes.

Sergeyev, A., & Alaraje, N., & Parnell, Q. A., & Aldulaijan, T. A., & O'Conner, K. (2014, June), EET Capstone Student Project: Chemical Mixing Plant Integrated with Programmable Logical Controller and Human Machine Interface Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19890

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