KP8115 - Advanced Process Control


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

The course is given every year. The course is partly taught together with the 5th year specialization module, but the PhD course has an additional part based on the book "Multivariable feedback control", which includes controllability analysis. Student who have previously taken the 5th year specialization module will get an additional project. The course consists of four parts: Part 1: Plantwide control with emphasis on the structural decision: what to control, measure and pairing. Part 2: Tuning, structure and monitoring of the base control layer. Part 3: Multivariable control, including model based predictive control (MPC). Part 4: Controllability analysis of multivariable systems.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students should know about systematic methods for design of plantwide control systems with emphasis on the structural decision: What to control and measure and how to pair the variables? The knowledge includes structure, controller design and supervision of the various layers, including the stabilizing base layer, the supervisory multivariable layer and the optimization layer. The students should have knowledge about controllability analysis of multivariable systems. Skills: The students can design a control structure for the entire plant based on systematic methods and can simulate alternative strategies. They can perform a controllability analysis of the plant in order to find the parts where controller design needs particular attention General competence: The students have a background in the area of plantwide control that make them able to assess and understand existing and emerging results and theories within the field as a background for further research.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and self study. The course will be taught in English if there are english-speaking students.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Selected journal papers and excerpts from the book "Multivariable feedback control" av Skogestad og Postlethwaite (2005).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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