New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
In this paper, we describe an industry-college partnership to develop a new, interdisciplinary instrumentation and measurement laboratory course to support engineering design teaching and research. The laboratory is intended to provide a “space to create” where students will develop skills to solve complex, multi-disciplinary problems using collaborative approaches via a series of laboratory exercises that emphasize design engineering, leadership, communications, innovation, critical thinking and teamwork. As part of this initiative, the authors are developing a new, multidisciplinary “instrumentation and measurement systems” course for third-year chemical, electrical, energy, mechanical, oil & gas, and software engineering students. The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic tools used by industry to gather and process information about physical systems. Students will learn, through lectures, demonstrations, in-class discussions, and hands-on laboratories, the importance of real-time measurement and data analysis for the design, operation, and health of industrial equipment. The course introduces a variety of measuring and actuation techniques that are used in real industrial settings with a focus on the integration of sensors, valves, and actuators to monitor and maintain equipment health. Typical properties measured in energy systems will be addressed such as pressure, temperature, flow, level, and liquid and gas analytical. As well, students will be exposed to control valve technology such as control valve types (rotary, sliding stem, solenoids), actuation and control technology, and valve instrumentation. A large portion of the course work involves hands-on laboratory experiences, where students are required to design and implement complete measurement systems. The goal of the course is to provide sufficient background so that students will be comfortable designing measurement systems for use in industrial applications. All laboratory exercises will be centered on a fully instrumented process control apparatus (e.g., 3-phase separator system) and distributed control system, and will be divided into two components: (a) a series of three laboratory exercises where students will be introduced to the fundamentals of instrumentation systems; and (b) a series of four laboratory exercises where students will work through a series of design exercises that will culminate in a full instrumentation and control system design. From the perspective of design and development, the Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory will serve as a test-bed facility for the new and improved design methodologies and approaches to enhance the design of sensing and control systems for the energy industry. We anticipate that these design engineering research projects will be a combination of graduate student projects performed outside the instrumentation and measurement systems course class times, and undergraduate student design projects that will be integrated into the latter series of laboratory exercises in the instrumentation and measurement systems course as well as an interdisciplinary capstone design course that is currently being offered by the co-authors.
Brennan, B., & Li, S. (2016, June), Experience and Reflection on an Industry-College Partnership to Develop a New Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26807
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