CHE 461 Process Dynamics and Control Laboratory

The Department of Chemical Engineering  at Arizona State University was privileged in 1990 to receive a donation of a Honeywell TDC3000/TotalPlant Solution System for its undergraduate process control laboratory, as part of Honeywell's contribution to Engineering Excellence Phase III. All B.S. graduates in the ChE program between 1990 and 2005 received substantial instruction in the Honeywell system through the laboratory portion of ChE 461. Eleven of 12 experiments conducted as part of CHE 461 laboratory were developed or modified to run on the platform. The final upgrade of the laboratory, courtesy of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and Honeywell International, was performed during the summer of 2003. Among the many upgrades that were received included the addition of three new Universal Global User Stations for our TotalPlant Solution System, five 2.4 GHz Pentium IV computers, and a new server. Photos of the facilities are shown below as well as some course related documents.

  • ChE 461 Laboratory Manual (co-authored by Daniel E. Rivera and Vernon (Gene) Sater, Professor Emeritus).

  • Rivera, D.E. "Teaching semiphysical modeling to chemical engineering students using a brine-water mixing tank experiment," 13th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, August 27-29, 2003. Preprint

  • Rivera, D.E. and M.E. Flores. "Using a Gas-Oil Furnace Simulation to Introduce Meaningful System Identification Concepts in an Undergraduate Control Course," AIChE 2000 Topical Conference on Chemical Engineering Education, Paper 61c, pgs. 321-328, November, 2000. Presentation Record

  • Rivera, D.E. and M. E. Flores, "Beyond Step Testing and Process Reaction Curves: Introducing Meaningful Identification Concepts in the Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Curriculum," Proceedings of the IFAC Symposium on System Identification (SYSID 2000), Santa Barbara, CA, pages 815-820. Preprint

  • Rivera, D.E., K.S. Jun, V.E. Sater, and M.K. Shetty, "Teaching Process Dynamics and Control Using an Industrial-Scale Real-Time Computing Environment," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Computer-Aided Chemical Engineering Education Special Issue, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 191-205, 1996. Wiley Interscience

Unit Operations Laboratory - SCOB 190

Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System (foreground) interfaced to a shell-and-tube heat exchanger (background).







Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger










Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System (foreground) interfaced to a 26-tray ethanol-water binary distillation column.










Main Laboratory - SCOB 192

Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System consisting of (left to right) Global User Station (GUS), Universal Station (US) and Universal Global User Station (U-GUS).









Students working with the Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System in SCOB 192.








Brine-Water Mixing Tank interfaced to Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System in SCOB 192 (Main)











Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System nodes located in new SCOB 192-B annex (from laboratory remodeling in the spring 2001).









Honeywell TotalPlant Solution System nodes located in new SCOB 192-B annex (foreground), with brine-water mixing tank (background).









Domain Name Server (left) and Honeywell TotalPlant LCN node cabinet (right).