Course Syllabus for

Automatic Process Control

FRTN25F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2016
Decided by: FN1/AndersGustafsson
Date of establishment: 2015-12-21

General Information

Division: Automatic Control
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course code: FRTN25
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


Control plays a major role in most parts of our society. In earlier courses the doctoral students have learnt how to model and understand system behaviour. The aim of this course is to teach the students how to make a system operator more reliable, in a more environment-friendly way, with better precision, or in a more economical way, in spite of external disturbances acting on the system. The word system has a very general interpretation. It can, for example, be a reactor, a heat exchanger, or a waste water treatment plant. The course teaches a systems-oriented way of thinking which the doctoral students can make use of in their future careers, independent of the actual application area. After the couse the doctoral students should be able to formulate and understand mathematical models for dynamical systems, analyse dynamical systems, and design controllers for dynamical systems. The course is divided into three modules: modeling, analysis, and synthesis. The course gives an overview of control engineering, its concepts, methods, and applications in chemical engineering.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Course modules: Introduction, Modelling, Dynamical systems, Feedback PID design, Controller structures, Frequency domain analysis, Systems with multiple inputs and outputs, Sequence control. The course contains laboratory exercises that are connected to the main topics of the course.

Course Literature

Wittenmark, B., Åström K.J. and Jørgensen, S.B.: Process Control (Lecture notes), LTH/KFS. Wittenmark, B.: Exercises in Process control, LTH/KFS, Lab-PM. Collection of formula.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments. Written exam (5 hours), three laboratory exercises, two hand in problems, and one small project.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Linear Algebra, Calculus in One Variable, Calculus in Several Variables.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Pontus Giselsson <>
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