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MECH6034 - Electrotechnology and Control

Title:Electrotechnology and Control
Long Title:Electrotechnology and Control
Module Code:MECH6034
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: JOSEPH CONNELL
Module Author:  
Module Description: Introduces the learner to fundamental concepts of electrotechnology and control
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Define basic electrical units and perform calculations involving these quantities.
LO2 Perform calculations on D.C. series and parallel network circuits.
LO3 Explain A.C. resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits and perform relevant calculations
LO4 Describe, explain and use feedback control concepts
LO5 Evaluate and use control modes
LO6 Describe and analyse control strategies
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electric circuits
Simple electron theory, conductors and insulators, Ohm’s law, electric circuits, measuring electricity, power and energy, calculations and cost. Series and parallel circuits.
Conductor resistance
Cable construction, resistivity, mains circuits, volt drop, power and power loss, E.T.C.I. rules
Introduction to alternating current and magnetism
Electromagnets and solenoids. Simple loop generator, R.M.S. average and peak values, wave and phasor diagrams.
Resistance, inductance and capacitance in a.c. circuits
Current, voltage, power and power factor in a.c. circuits. Solution of problems in a.c. R.L.C. circuits.
Introduction to Control
Feedback control concepts - controlled variables, disturbances, loops and the error equation. Lag and Load - process lag, control lag and dead time, loads and transients. Introduction to PID.
Control Modes
Discontinuous control (two position, multi-position). Continuous control modes (P,I,D,PI,PD,PID). Advantages, disadvantages and applications for all control modes.
Control Valves
Control valve principles, types & flow characteristics and body styles. Control valve accessories - actuators, valve positioners. Valve sizing and selection. Cavitation.
Practical Programme in Control
Process control simulation. Control valve characterisation. Level and flow control for P, PI, PID. Ziegler Nichols tuning. Open vs Closed Loop tuning.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions 1st Assessment in Electrotechnology 1 10.0 Week 4
Short Answer Questions 1st Assessment in Control 4 6.0 Week 4
Practical/Skills Evaluation Control laboratory experiments 5,6 30.0 Every Second Week
Short Answer Questions 2nd Assessment in Electrotechnology 2 10.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Final Assessment in Electrotechnology 1,2,3 20.0 Sem End
Short Answer Questions 2nd Assessment in Control 5 6.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Final Assessment in Control 4,5,6 18.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination

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 Presentation of course material 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of course material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Control laboratory 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brian Scaddan, Electrical Installation Work, 5th Edition Ed., Newnes [ISBN: 0-7506-6619-6]
  • Paul W. Murrill 2000, Fundamentals of Process Control Theory, Third Edition Ed., ISA [ISBN: 1-55617-683-X]
  • Robert N. Bateson, Introduction to Control System Technology, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-12-226275-4]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Trevor Linsley, Basic Electrical Installation Work, 4th Edition Ed., Newnes [ISBN: 0-7056-6624-2]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EMANF_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering 3 Elective
CR_EMECN_7 Parttime - Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Elective

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