Distance - Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems: Selection, Applications, Operation and Diagnostics (3.0 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 6-8 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course Description:

This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of modern control systems, digital control, distributed control systems (DCSs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, industrial instrumentation, HART protocol, control valves, actuators, and smart technology. This seminar will focus on maximizing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of these systems and equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques, preventive and predictive maintenance.

This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of modern control systems, digital control, distributed control systems (DCSs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, industrial instrumentation, control valves, actuators, and smart technology because it covers how these systems and equipment operate, the latest maintenance techniques, and provides guidelines and rules that ensure their successful operation. In addition, this seminar will cover in detail the basic design, operating characteristics, specification, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components and all preventive and predictive maintenance methods in order to increase the reliability of these systems and equipment and reduce their operation and maintenance cost.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Feedback Control and Proportional-Integral-Derivative Algorithm, Correlations for Tuning Constants
  • Introduction to Feedback Control Systems
  • Process and Instrument Elements of the Feedback Loop
  • Control Performance Measures
  • Integral Error Measures, Decay ratio, Period of Oscillation, Manipulated-Variable Overshoot
  • Selection of Variables for Control
  • Feedback Control Algorithm
  • Proportional Control
  • Integral Control
  • Derivative Control
  • Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller
  • Determining Tuning Constants that Give Good Control Performance
  • Controlled-Variable Performance (Integral Absolute Error)
  • Good Control Performance with Model Errors
  • Manipulated-Variable Behavior
  • Correlations for Tuning Constants
Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller Tuning for Dynamic Performance,
Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
(SCADA) System

  • Fine-Tuning the Controller
  • Stability of Control Systems
  • Controller-Tuning Based on Stability
  • Effect of Process Dynamics on Tuning
  • Types of Control Systems
  • Continuous and Discrete Data Control Systems
  • Cascade Control Systems
  • Structure of the Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Discrete Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Control Algorithm
  • Effect of Digital Control on Stability
  • Tuning and Performance
  • Smart Sensors
  • Controller Algorithms
  • Monitoring and optimization
  • Distributed Control System (DCS) Architecture and Advantages
  • Distributed Control Systems Components and Features
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System
  • Advantages of Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Microprocessors and Microcomputers
  • Microprocessor Architecture
  • Microcomputer System
Intelligent (Smart) Transmitters, Controllers, Sizing and Selection of Control
Valves, Positioners, and Actuator for Compressible and Non-Compressible
Fluids, Control Valve Flashing, Cavitation and Noise Control, Control System
Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

  • Smart Systems
  • Intelligent (Smart) Transmitters
  • Microprocessor-Based Transmitters (Smart Transmitters)
  • Smart (Intelligent) Pressure Transmitters
  • Advantages of Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Comparison Between Intelligent and Non-Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Stand-Alone Controllers
  • Self-Tuning, Sequencing, and Networking
  • HART Protocol
  • Valve selection
  • Linear valves
  • Rotary valves
  • Valve selection considerations
  • Valve maintenance
  • Basics of valve design (seats and seals)
  • Sealing the valve stem
  • Leakless valves
  • Valve materials
  • Preventing valve material failure
  • Nonmetallic valves
  • General categories of control valves
  • Rangeability, end connections, shutoff capability
  • Valve sizing
  • Choked flow
  • Gas and steam sizing
  • Sizing and selection of control valves and actuators
  • Information required to select a control valve
  • Control valve body materials
  • Control valve trim material
  • Pressure-temperature ratings for all control valve materials
  • Class designation and PN numbers for control valves
  • Face-to-face dimensions of most types of control valves
  • Wear and galling resistance of control valve material
  • Control valve seat leakage classification
  • Control valve trim material temperature limit
  • Service temperature limitations for control valve elastomers
  • Ambient temperature corrosion information for most fluids used in control valves
  • Control valve elastomer information
  • Compatibility of elastomer material with control valve fluids
  • Control valve flow characteristics
  • Selection of control valve flow characteristic
  • Control valve sizing
  • Sizing valves for liquid applications
  • Detailed calculations for sizing valves liquid applications
  • Liquid sizing sample problem
  • Sizing valves for compressible fluids
  • Compressible fluid sizing sample problem No. 1
  • Compressible fluid sizing sample problem No. 2
  • Sizing coefficients for single-ported globe style valve bodies
  • Sizing coefficients for rotary shaft valves
  • Actuator sizing
  • Packing friction
  • Actuator force calculations
  • Rotary actuator sizing
  • Torque equations
  • Breakout torque
  • Dynamic torque
  • Maximum rotation
  • Non-destructive test procedures
  • Magnetic Particle (surface examination)
  • Liquid penetrant (surface) examination
  • Radiographic (volumetric) examination
  • Ultrasonic (Volumetric) examination
  • Cavitation and flashing
  • Choked flow causes flashing and cavitation
  • Valve selection for flashing service
  • Valve selection for cavitation service
  • Noise prediction
  • Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic
  • Noise control
  • Noise summary
  • Packing selection
  • Packing selection guidelines for sliding-stem valves
  • Packing selection guidelines for rotary valves
  • Control valve selection process
  • Control valve cavitation
  • Control valve noise
  • Pneumatic actuators
  • Piston actuators
  • Electric actuators
  • Hydraulic actuators
  • Positioners
  • Live loading
  • Diagnostic testing of control loops
  • Air-operated valves diagnostics
  • Motors-operated valves diagnostics

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