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Elements of Automation DER4I-05-17

ECTS 5 | P 30 | A 0 | L 30 | K 0 | ISVU 149736 177086 | Academic year: 2019./2020.

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Present the basic principles of automation system and process management mechanisms. Familiarise students with the basic building blocks of a control circuit, teach them to identify and define the tasks of particular parts of the control circuit, and to select and define the requirements to the needs of the managed process. Show them the types and explain the purpose of measuring and actuating control parts, as well as their technical-technological characteristics. Explain to them the physical principles of measuring and generating process variables, processing of measurement signals and reduction of measurement uncertainty and interference. Present the types and topologies of industrial communication networks. Familiarise them with types and applications of industrial computers and embedded computer systems of special purpose and functionality.

Conditions for enrollment

Requirements met for enrolling in the second year of the study programme

Course description

Measurement of process variables: distance, position, angle of rotation, thickness, rotation speed, force, torque, level, pressure, flow, temperature, pH value and other process sizes. Technologies for transferring measurement signals. Types of interference and their sources. Measurement errors. Signal processing. Measuring devices in automatic control systems. Executing devices: DC, AC and AC motors, pneumatic, electropneumatic, hydraulic and electrohydraulic devices, pumps, compressors and valves. Thyristor and transistor inverters. Static and dynamic characteristics of measuring and control devices. Intelligent measuring and executive devices. Input and output units and interfaces in measurement and control devices. Process computers, design and programming. Industrial communication and management organisation. Built-in computer systems.

Student requirements

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Monitoring of students

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Obligatory literature

1. 1 Clarence W. de Silva Sensors and Actuators: Engineering System Instrumentation, Second Edition CRC Press 2015, ISBN 9781466506817

2. 2 J. Tomac Osnove automatske regulacije - Elementi automatike - predavanja ETF, Osijek, 2008.

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Recommended additional literature

1. 1 M. Jadrić, B. Frančić Dinamika električnih strojeva Sveučilište u Splitu, Graphis Zagreb, 1995.

2. 2 B. K. Bose Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, USA, 2002.

3. 3 A. Parr Hydraulics and Pneumatics - A technicians and engineers guide, second edition Elsevier Ltd, Velika Britanija, 1998.

4. 4 Z. Kovačić, S. Bogdan Elementi automatizacije procesa - predavanja FER, Zagreb.

Course assessment

Conducting university questionnaires on teachers (student-teacher relationship, transparency of assessment criteria, motivation for teaching, teaching clarity, etc.). Conducting Faculty surveys on courses (upon passing the exam, student self-assessment of the adopted learning outcomes and student workload in relation to the number of ECTS credits allocated to activities and courses as a whole).

Overview of course assesment

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. to define the role of measuring and actuator devices and other equipment for the realization of the automated control system

2. to select the type and characteristics of the measuring and actuator devices in accordance with the requirements of the specific control task

3. evaluate and select industrial computer components for process control and supervision needs

4. evaluate and select a suitable drive for an electric motor and connect it with a process computer

5. make a simple user programme for a selected process computer

6. design a simple control system based on embedded or industrial computer systems

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