Experimental Projects in Teaching Process Control
This paper describes experiences with introduction of experimental projects into the graduate process control course. The unit operations laboratory equipment integrated and controlled by the industrial distributed control system gives students a wide choice of experiments and flexibility to quickly implement and test advanced control algorithms. We discuss the positive effect that the control experiments have on teaching process control and outline some direction for further integration of experiments in the control curriculum, including distant experimentation over the computer network. Examples of the students' experimental projects are also included.