TTK4210 - Advanced Control of Industrial Processes


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours A

Course content

Overview of the control hierarchy from business systems to basic control loops. Design of control structures and strategies for large plants. Commonly used controller functions in basic control loops. Analysis and compensation of interactions in multivariable systems. Analysis of limitations in achievable performance. Applied model-based estimation and predictive control (MPC). Control performance monitoring and diagnosis. The projects are mainly developed in cooperation with Norwegian oil and gas companies.

Learning outcome

- Knowledge of the main steps in the design of control systems for large plants.
- Knowledge of design of advanced controllers (MPC).
- Understanding of the limitations in achievable control performance.
- Knowledge of methodology for monitoring and diagnosis of the performance of control systems.

- To independently develop control structures for individual plant sections, to contribute to such development for large plants.
- To identify needs for changes in control structures in existing plants.
- Contribute to development of advanced control applications.
- To monitor and maintain existing control applications.

General competence:
- Communicate technical problems across technical disciplines.
- Understanding of the importance of control for safe and optimal process plant operation.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory projects and problems.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project work
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio evaluation. In the portfolio the written exam is given 70% weight, and the compulsory project is given 30% weight. The results of each part is given in percentages, whereas the overall mark for the portfolio (final grade) is given in by a letter.
In case of a postponed exam, the written exam may be changed to an oral exam.
In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

S. Skogestad and I. Postlethwaite: Multivariable Feedback Control – Analysis and Design, Wiley, 2nd edition, 2005. Course notes.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 6
No.of specialization hours: 3

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Cybernetics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Engineering Cybernetics



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 A
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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