Boiler control Demonstration and Fault Simulation Unit

 

The Boiler Control unit along with its software simulation allows students to investigate the operation of a steam generation plant. Altering the system properties allows the user to simulate a wide range of boiler systems for periods up to 24 hours and adjustments to the operating parameters may be made whilst the simulation is running to allow the investigation of transients on the system.

Process Control Simulator

 

The Process Control Simulator is a self-contained laboratory scale industrial system (bench type model – under development) that allows the principles underlying modern industrial control equipment to be studied in the context of process operations. The unit may be used to investigate pressure, flow, temperature, level and cascade control utilising pneumatic and microprocessor-based PID controllers.

 

Pressure Control Apparatus, Three Term Pneumatic

 

This Pressure Control Apparatus is designed to demonstrate automatic control of the pressure within a vessel. The unit enables students to investigate the effects of changing the parameters of the control algorithm (proportional band, integral action and derivative time) on the control capability of the system.

 

Flow Control Apparatus, Three Term Electronic

 

This Flow Control Apparatus is designed to demonstrate automatic control of the flow of water delivered by a centrifugal pump. The unit enables students to investigate the effects of changing the parameters of the control algorithm (proportional band, integral action and derivative time) on the control capability of the system.

Level Control Apparatus, Three Term Electronic

 

This Level Control System is designed to allow numerous level control experiments to be performed within a typical
laboratory session. The unit enables students to investigate the effects of changing the parameters of the control algorithm and changes can be made to the process conditions by adjustment of the flow into the vessel

Temperature Control Apparatus, Three Term Electronic

 

The Temperature Control Apparatus illustrates the control of temperature in a simulated reactor vessel by controlling the supply of coolant (air) in response to changes in process conditions. The unit provides students with the opportunity of investigating the effects of a change of controller parameters (proportional band, integral and derivative times) on the control capability of the system. The unit is made up of typical items of control equipment currently used in industrial applications, thereby providing an excellent opportunity for familiarisation.

Acidity (Ph) Control Apparatus

 

The pH Control Apparatus is designed to demonstrate the control of the acidity of a water supply by chemical dosing. Two methods are available to control the addition of the dosing chemical, either slug (on-off) dosing or continuous controlled injection.

Programmable Logic Control Module

 

The Programmable Logic Control Module (PLC) is designed to be connected to a range of experiments for simulating an automatic process. The unit has digital inputs and relay outputs which, when connected to the experiments, may be used to start and stop pumps, select remote set point inputs and create disturbances to a process by opening or closing solenoid valves.

Three Phase Separation Training Unit

 

The Three Phase Separator is an essential resource for teaching engineering students and ‘oil & gas’ or process industry personnel. It enables students to investigate the effects of separation pressure and flow/residence time etc. on the separation dynamics. Experimental coverage includes flow vs residence time, flow vs composition, pressure vs flow, pressure vs composition and temperature vs composition (latter by means of simulation).

 

Industrial Process Plant Trainer

 

The Plant Trainer has been designed to provide a unique opportunity to train technicians on an industrial process plant in a safe, controlled and supervised environment. The trainer is the perfect tool to offer training courses in Plant Maintenance, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Health and Safety Engineering. Use of this equipment by companies such as BP and Shell, has allowed their technicians to gain hands on experience of a real, full size process plant facility without the obvious danger of contamination due to leakage, human error or expensive equipment damage

Multiphase Flow Unit

 

The Multiphase Flow Unit which is particularly suitable for ‘oil and gas‘courses enables students to study 2- and 3-phase flow (oil, water and compressed air) by means of ‘once through’ experimental runs followed by gravitational separation. The unit provides for various investigations including single phase flow, hydrostatic and dynamic pressure investigations, hold-up time and slip velocity, 2-phase separation and superficial velocity, drift velocity in air/water flow, 2-phase flow, 2-phase and 3-phase flow separation rates, bubble structures and bubble sizes. The unit is operated via a touch-screen PC with SCADA software and may be specified with an electrical capacitance tomography sensor option for advanced studies in flow and bubble structure imaging.