This experimental unit provides a comprehensive experimental introduction to the fundamentals of control engineering using an example of flow control.
All components are clearly laid out on a vertical front panel. The large-format process schematic provides an aid to understanding. A pump delivers water from a storage tank into the pipe section. The flow rate is measured by a paddle-wheel sensor. The transparent rotameter enables the control process to be observed very clearly. The controller used is a state-of-the-art digital industrial controller. The actuator in the control loop is an electric control valve. A ball valve in the pipe section enables defined disturbance variables to be generated. The controlled variable X and the manipulating variable Y can be tapped as analogue signals at lab jacks. This enables external recording equipment, such as a plotter or an oscilloscope, to be connected.
An instrumentation and control software (RT 650.40) with interface module (USB) is available as an accessory. This enables the key process variables to be represented, and control functions executed.