MEC3487 INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROL
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.
MEC 3487 - Instrumentation and Control (3 hrs.)
The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic industrial electronic principles and devices by solving problems and constructing lab experiments in subjects such as resistive circuits, Ohm’s law and power, series and parallel circuits, DC and AC circuits, solid state circuits and devices, and operational amplifiers. Electronics test equipment will be used in the laboratory experiments to explore different electronic circuits and devices.
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding a technician approach to the field of instrumentation, by taking a systems approach to integrating instruments into a complex control system. The student will better understand how to install instruments and protect them from damaging environmental conditions.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in identifying various types of instrumentation and controls, and understand their functions within a Mechatronics environment.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: INSTRUMENTATION OVERVIEW
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify basic instrumentation and techniques.
- Define process instrumentation and identify important present day trends in the instrumentation field.
- Identify sources of training for instrumentation professionals.
- Identify common industry and standard organizations.
UNIT 2: FUNDAMENTALS OF PROCESS CONTROL
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify basic control techniques.
- Define process control and identify the kinds of variables found in process control.
- Describe the difference between process automation and factory automation.
- Identify the control elements of a process control system and explain their functions.
- Compare the static and dynamic performance characteristics of a control system.
- Define a control loop and identify the types of control loops.
- Define a control strategy and compare the common types of control strategies.
UNIT 3: PIPING AND INSTRUMENTATION DIAGRAMS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully understand how to use piping diagrams.
- Define a piping and instrumentation diagram and explain its function.
- Describe the means of identifying instruments on a piping and instrumentation diagram.
UNIT 4: TEMPERATURE, HEAT, AND ENERGY
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully apply the concept of energy to work and heat.
- Identify temperature and the most common temperature scales.
- Define and compare the three types of heat transfer.
- Identify the common units of heat energy.
- Define specific heat.
UNIT 5: THERMOMETERS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully apply thermometer usage to a system.
- Describe the principals of thermal expansion.
- Compare the types of thermometers that use the principles of thermal expansion.
- Explain how pressure-spring effects bulb location.
UNIT 6: PRACTICAL TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT AND CALIBRATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify and apply temperature sensing instruments.
- Define thermocouple and identify the phenomena that govern the behavior of thermocouples.
- Describe the purpose of a cold junction and explain how cold junction compensation is used.
- Describe the construction of a thermocouple.
- List several factors that affect the choice of thermocouple wires.
- List and define typical thermocouple measurement circuits.
- Define resistance temperature detector, describe its construction, and explain how it is used.
- Define thermistor, describe its construction, and explain how it is used.
UNIT 7: AUTOMATION CONTROL
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully apply instrumentation and control techniques to automated controllers.
- Define automatic control and identify common terms associated with it.
- Explain process dynamics and define the terms associated with it.
- Identify the functions of controllers and define these functions.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.