Designing Controls for the Process Industries

Wayne Seames

© 2018 - CRC Press
Published September 8, 2017
Textbook - 394 Pages - 252 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138705180 - CAT# K32158

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  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter, multiple choice questions for flipped classes, and a solutions manual are available to qualifying instructors
  • Includes an introduction to the various types of field instruments Contains a chapter on control system projects and a recommended lifecycle for plant automation system projects
  • Discusses real-time controllers and higher level automation functions such multi-variable controls and data reconciliation systems for process and safety applications
  • Shows how to specify simple regulatory and supervisory control strategies and basic safety automation controls and controls for continuous and batch processes.


Offering a modern, process-oriented approach emphasizing process control scheme development instead of extended coverage of LaPlace space descriptions of process dynamics, this text focuses on aspects that are most important for process engineering in the 21st century. Instead of starting with the controller, the book starts with the process and moves on to how basic regulatory control schemes can be designed to achieve the process’ objectives while maintaining stable operations. In addition to continuous control concepts, process and control system dynamics are embedded into the text with each new concept presented. The book also includes sections on batch and semi-batch processes and safety automation within each concept area. It discusses the four most common process control loops—feedback, feedforward, ratio, and cascade—and discusses application of these techniques for process control schemes for the most common types of unit operations. It also discusses more advanced and less commonly used regulatory control options such as override, allocation, and split range controllers, includes an introduction to higher level automation functions, and provides guidance for ways to increase the overall safety, stability, and efficiency for many process applications. It introduces the theory behind the most common types of controllers used in the process industries and also provides various additional plant automation-related subjects.


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