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Temperature and Level Control of a Multivariable Water Tank Process

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Project Based Learning In ET Program

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Engineering Technology

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23.1163.1 - 23.1163.17



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Vassilios Tzouanas University of Houston - Downtown

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Vassilios Tzouanas is an Assistant Professor of Control and Instrumentation in the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Tzouanas earned a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from Aristotle University, the Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from the University of Alberta, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering/Process Control from Lehigh University. His research interests focus on process control systems, process modeling and simulation. His professional experience includes management and technical positions with chemicals, refining, and consulting companies. He is a member of AIChE and ASEE.

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Matthew Stevenson


Sanjo Peter University of Houston Downtown

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I am an undergraduate student in University of Houston Downtown. I will graduate with an undergraduate degree in Control and Instrumentation in May 2013. I work as an I & E Technician in Magellan LP, Houston. I immigrated to United States from India seven years ago. I am a father of two sons and husband to my loving wife.

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TEMPERATURE AND LEVEL CONTROL OF A MULTIVARIABLE WATER TANK PROCESS ABSTRACTThe paper is concerned with the design of a water tank process and experimental evaluation offeedback control structures to achieve water level and temperature control at desired set pointvalues. The manipulated variables are the water outflow and heat supply to the tank. Detailed,first principles-based, dynamic models as well as empirical models for this interactive andmultivariable process have been developed and used for controller design. Furthermore, thisexperimental study entails and discusses the design of the water tank process and associatedinstrumentation, real time data acquisition and control using the DeltaV distributed controlsystem (DCS), process modeling, controller design, and evaluation of the performance of severaltuning methodologies in a closed loop manner. This student work was submitted in partialfulfillment of the requirements of the Senior Project in Controls and Instrumentation course atthe Engineering Technology department of XXX University.

Tzouanas, V., & Stevenson, M., & Peter, S. (2013, June), Temperature and Level Control of a Multivariable Water Tank Process Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22548

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