Instrumentation and Control


Electrical, electronic and mechanical sensors/actuators, including their required signal−conditioning and digital interfacing, will be studied. Concepts such as feedback, steady state error, disturbances, ON/OFF controllers, proportional, integral and derivative controllers will be examined to show that proper control system design leads to systems that are efficiently and adequately controlled.

The student will program PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) Controllers, program data acquisition devices using LabView (a graphical programming language platform) to perform ADC and DAC sensor data measurements.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the principle of operation and characteristics of sensors and actuators, including their required signal−conditioning and digital interfacing.

  2. Analyse various control concepts including open loop, closed loop, relays, motor control, sequential control, process control, PID control.

  3. Program National Instrument hardware and Labview software to measure, analyse and control systems.

  4. Use Programmable Logic Controllers as a feedback system for applications which require continuous modulated control

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