TPK4126 - Subsea Control Systems


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours G

Course content

This course covers models and control systems for subsea processes, including:

  • compressors
  • pumps
  • separators
  • single-phase pipeline flow
  • multi-phase pipeline flow, including slugging
  • hydraulics and hydraulic actuators
  • process control, including flow control, level control, pressure control, efficiency control, etc.

The course will also give a general overview over those systems that are currently in use and expected to be used in the future in subsea oil and gas production.

The course includes practical laboratory work.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, candidates will have advanced and detailed knowledge of:

  • components and systems in subsea facilities, such as oil wells and christmas trees, manifolds, separators (traditional and compact), compressors and pumps (including characteristics and instabilities such as choke and surge), valves and pipe systems (including one- and multiphase flow and slugging), and templates and anchoring methods for subsea installations
  • programming and the programming tool Matlab
  • mathematical models for use in simulation and design of control systems
  • design, use, and analysis of control systems for use in the oil and gas industry
  • the research field’s history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society


After completing the course, candidates will be able to:

  • calculate and simulate the behavior and life cycle of subsea oil and gas installations with the help of digital tools
  • use domain-specific digital tools, including programming Matlab
  • analyze and evaluate the credibility and reliability of various sources of information, and use these to structure and formulate technical and academic arguments
  • perform mathematical modeling and simulation for control engineering in subsea technology, including modelling turbo-machinery, valves, one- and multidimensional pipe flow, separation, etc.
  • design industrial control systems and control systems specific for subsea technology, including control of turbo-machinery, valves, pipe flow, slugging, separation, etc.
  • perform practical laboratory exercises on compressors and slugging

General competence

After completing the course, candidates will be able to:

  • convey extensive independent work and master the terminology of the field
  • work independently and in groups with technological and/or scientific tasks of high quality
  • read, interpret and summarize English-language literature, both written and orally
  • ascertain the key developments in their own field and keep abreast of how technological and scientific boundaries are moved, thus understanding the need for lifelong learning
  • maintain good contacts with the academic environment at NTNU and be able to establish international academic networks

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and laboratory tasks, both individual and group tasks. The lectures, exercises and exam are in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Theory and lab exercises

Further on evaluation

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there haven't been any significant changes later.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

To be announced at the start of the course.

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Manufacturing Systems
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 G INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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