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PHYS6031 - Process Instrumentation 2

Title:Process Instrumentation 2
Long Title:Process Instrumentation 2
Module Code:PHYS6031
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2011/12 ( September 2011 )
Module Delivered in 3 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 Describe and explain scientific concepts appropriate to instrumentation.
LO2 Discriminate between and analyse instrumentation for use in specific applications.
LO3 Describe, explain and demonstrate role of calibration in instrumentation.
LO4 Describe and explain the role of validation and compliance with international standards in instrumentation.
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 CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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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
Instrument Calibration Protocols and Validation
The importance and application of correct procedural calibration procedures commonly used in industry design and application of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). The importance of validation in modern industry. The FDA’s role, in this context, and its interaction with Irish industries. The operation and use of software used in calibration and maintenance control e.g. Compucal. Case studies to include examples of local industrial practice.
Installation of Instrument Systems
Installation procedures, industrial switches and cable types, junction box drawings. Loop testing; Plant commissioning; Troubleshooting procedures.
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 solids. Measurement of the density of liquids and solids.
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.
Electro-pneumatic Systems
Electro-pneumatic actuator systems and applications in manufacturing.
Signal Response
First and second order response of instruments: theory, interpretation of graphs and applications.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Assessment 1 1,2,3 15.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical 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 1,2,3,4 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 No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • N. E. Battikha, 2007, The Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, 3rd Ed., ISA [ISBN: 1556179952]
  • Keith R. Cheatle, 2006, Fundamentals of Test Measurement Instrumentation, Illustrated Edition Ed., ISA [ISBN: 1556179146]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert N. Bateson, Introduction to Control System Technology, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-13-226275-4]
  • David W. Spitzer 2004, Industrial Flow Measurement, 3rd Ed., ISA [ISBN: 1-55617-243-5]
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_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 4 Mandatory

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