Instrumentation and Control Systems

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Newnes, Jun 3, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
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In a clear and readable style, Bill Bolton addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications. Unlike the majority of books in this field, only a minimal prior knowledge of mathematical methods is assumed. The book focuses on providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form, complimented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study.

Taking a highly practical approach, Bill Bolton combines underpinning theory with numerous case studies and applications throughout, to enable the reader to apply the content directly to real-world engineering contexts. Coverage includes smart instrumentation, DAQ, crucial health and safety considerations, and practical issues such as noise reduction, maintenance and testing. An introduction to PLCs and ladder programming is incorporated in the text, as well as new information introducing the various software programmes used for simulation.

Problems with a full answer section are also included, to aid the reader’s self-assessment and learning, and a companion website (for lecturers only) at features an Instructor’s Manual including multiple choice questions, further assignments with detailed solutions, as well as additional teaching resources.

The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation. It is fully in line with latest syllabus requirements, and also covers, in full, the requirements of the Instrumentation & Control Principles and Control Systems & Automation units of the new Higher National Engineering syllabus from Edexcel.

* Assumes minimal prior mathematical knowledge, creating a highly accessible student-centred text
* Problems, case studies and applications included throughout, with a full set of answers at the back of the book, to aid student learning, and place theory in real-world engineering contexts
* Free online lecturer resources featuring supporting notes, multiple-choice tests, lecturer handouts and further assignments and solutions

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Chapter 1 Measurement systems
Chapter 2 Instrumentation system elements
Chapter 3 Instrumentation case studies
Chapter 4 Control systems
Chapter 5 Process controllers
Chapter 6 Correction elements
Chapter 7 PLC systems
Chapter 8 System models
Chapter 11 Frequency response
Chapter 12 Nyquist diagrams
Chapter 13 Controllers
Differential equations
Laplace transform

Chapter 9 Transfer function
Chapter 10 System response

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Page 11 - The ampere is that constant current which, if maintained in two straight parallel conductors of infinite length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed 1 meter apart in vacuum, would produce between these conductors a force equal to 2 X 10"7 newton per meter of length.
Page 12 - The mole is the amount of substance of a system which contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012 kilogram of carbon 12.
Page 12 - Supplementary unit, the steradian, is the solid angle which, having its vertex in the center of a sphere, cuts off an area of the surface of the sphere equal to that of a square with sides of length equal to the radius of the sphere.
Page 11 - The candela is the luminious intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 Hz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian (see below).
Page 11 - The metre is the length of the path travelled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second.
Page 9 - The reliability of a measurement element or system can be defined as: 'the probability that the element or system will operate to an agreed level of performance, for a specified period, subject to specified environmental conditions'.
Page 11 - These are defined by international agreement and are maintained by national establishments, eg, the National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain and the National Bureaux of Standards in the United States.
Page 4 - The error of a measurement is the difference between the result of the measurement and the true value of the quantity being measured.

About the author (2004)

Former Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, and now retired, William Bolton has worked in industry and academia as a senior lecturer in a college of technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, an adviser to a British government aid project in Brazil on technical education, as a UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, and as Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council. He has written many engineering textbooks, including Mechatronics, 4th ed., Engineering Science, 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science, 2nd ed., Mechanical Science, 3rd ed., and Instrumentation and Control Systems.

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