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Abdul Aziz Ishak, Fac. of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, MALAYSIA
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Process plants

based on Zieglar-Nichols's tuning rule

1a. The Fundamental: Self regulating process (SR) e.g. flow, pressure, temperature, pH.

1b. The Fundamental: Nonself regulating process (NSR) e.g. level

2. Process Analysis

a. Mark the steepest point on the response curve.
b. Draw a tangent line at the steepest point.Red line as shown for SR. However, NSR does not require a tangent line.
c. Calculate the process rate at the tangent line i.e.change in PV / change in t
d. Calculate RR i.e the process rate per change in controller output.
e. The deadtime is estimated by intersecting the tangent line and the base line of the old steady state response

3. Optimum PID

a. Decide a control mode i.e. P only, PI or PID
b. Decide a tuning rule e.g. Zieglar-Nichlos
c. Calculate the PID values

EXAMPLES: Calculation on the optimum PID for Self regulating and Non-self regulating processes.

15 Aug 2001