course: Implementation of Process Control Methods

teaching methods:
lecture with tutorials
overhead transparencies, computer based presentation, black board and chalk
responsible person:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Lunze
Dr.-Ing. Niels Kiupel (extern)
offered in:


All statements pertaining to examination modalities (for the summer/winter term of 2020) are given with reservations. Changes due to new requirements from the university will be announced as soon as possible.

Date according to prior agreement with lecturer.

Form of exam:oral
Registration for exam:FlexNow


Students have knowledge of how automation solutions for process plants look like, what methods, systems and devices are used in practice and how automation methods can be used in practice.


This lecture describes, from the viewpoint of a user of the chemical industry, the possibilities of the implementation of automation solutions. The central element in the implementation of automation solutions represents the control system (DCS), which is the central element for operation and monitoring of the process. In the lecture, design and architecture are shown and explained. The requirements of a PLS are described and it is shown how today's manufacturers implement these requirements. For procedural description of the required automation task the control system must be adapted to the needs of the process. This is done firstly by selecting an appropriate hardware for receiving measurement signals and sending control signals to the PLS. On the other hand, the control system is configured with appropriate software so that finally a description of the process on the control system exists, with which the plant is operated. A key aspect in the configuration of the PLS is the man-machine interface, as humans despite automation still heavily intervene in the process. To be able to process at all the signals, it is necessary to measure the relevant process parameters first. Since there are in process engineering a variety of mostly non-electrical values, which in turn are to be measured using a variety of methods, it should be outlined, what basic processes for identifying the essential process signals currently exists.



recommended knowledge

Contents of the lectures
  • Automatic Control
  • System Dynamics and Control Design


Further information on the lecture and the course materials can be found on the website of the chair ATP ( <> _).