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PHYS6031 - Process Instrumentation

Title:Process Instrumentation
Long Title:Process Instrumentation
Module Code:PHYS6031
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: MARTIN WOODS
Module Description: This module will discuss knowledge and requirements of instrumentation used in process industries. The module will also cover scientific concepts required to support a comprehensive understanding of instrumentation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Solve numerical problems associated with the theory of operation of process measurement instruments.
LO2 Describe and explain the principles of operation and installation of process measurement instruments for specific measurements of fluid level, fluid flow, temperature, position and weight.
LO3 Calculate dynamic errors indicated in first and second order measurement instrument response plots.
LO4 Calibrate measurement instruments and report on the indicated errors and required corrective instrument adjustments.
LO5 Describe the role of standard operating procedures, validation software, regulatory and supervisory authorities, in the protocols of process industries.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Regulation, Validation and Standard Operating Procedures
The role, design and application of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) in industry. Validation and calibration software. The FDA’s role as a regulatory authority in this context and its interaction with Irish industries; European and Irish Food and Medicines regulatory authorities.
Level Measurement
Selection, theory, installation and applications of microwave, radar, nucleonic and ultrasonic instruments for level measurement of liquids and granular solids.
Flow and Density Measurement
Flow characteristics and theory; DP cells applied to flow-metering; electromagnetic, turbine, vane, vortex, ultrasonic and coriolis flow meters; cross correlation meters, mass flow measurement for liquids and gases. Measurement of the density of liquids and gases using flow meters.
Weighing Systems
Measurement of strain; Use of strain gauges and load cells and their applications in weighing systems; Importance of meeting the requirements of quality control departments and statutory bodies.
Temperature Measurement
Theory, operation and applications of infra-red, total radiation and optical pyrometers; black body calibration and emissivity correction.
Position Sensors
Linear and rotational position sensors and applications.
Dynamic Errors and Signal Response
First and second order response of instruments: theory, interpretation of graphs and applications. Origins of errors in instruments.
Laboratory Programme
A selection of experiments associated with the theory programme involving the installation, operation, calibration and analysis of the measurements and associated errors from process measurement instruments.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory assessment based on theoretical material covered by the date of the assessment. 1,2,5 15.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Assessment of completed practical worksheets. 1,2,4 35.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Course theory and examples of problems. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Instrument measurements and calibration. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revision of notes and completion of problem sheets 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Module Content Delivery 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Process Instrumentation laboratory 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Additional Content, Problem Sheets etc. 4.0 Every Month 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of completed module material. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 11.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • John G Webster (editor), Halit Eren (editor) 2014, Measurement, Instrumentation and Sensors Handbook: Spatial, Mechanical, Thermal and Radiation Measurement, 2nd Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 1439848882]
  • Bela G Liptak (editor), Krista Venczel (editor) 2016, Instrument and Automation Engineers' Handbook: Measurement and Analysis, 5th Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 1466559322]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Anders Andersson 2017, Measurement Technology for Process Automation, 1st Ed., CRC Press [ISBN: 1138035394]
  • Walt Boyes (editor) 2009, Instrumentation reference book, 4 Ed., 45, Amsterdam ; Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier Amsterdam [ISBN: 0750683082]
  • N. E. Battikha 2007, The Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, 3rd Ed., ISA [ISBN: 1556179952]
  • Robert N Bateson 2008, Introduction to Control System Technology, 7 Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 7111187091]
  • Keith R. Cheatle 2006, Fundamentals of Test Measurement Instrumentation, 1 Ed., 14, ISA [ISBN: 1556179146]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 4 Mandatory
CR_SICAL_6 Certificate in Process Instrumentation & Calibration 2 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 4 Mandatory

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