This trainer provides a comprehensive experimental introduction to the fundamentals of control engineering using an example of pressure control.
The air pressure control system is a 2nd order system. It comprises two in-line pressure tanks interconnected by a flow control valve. An additional valve on the second tank makes air tapping possible and so can be used to simulate a disturbance variable. A pressure sensor measures the pressure in the second vessel. The controller used is a state-of-the-art digital industrial controller. The actuator in the loop is a pneumatically operated control valve with a standardised current signal input. The controlled variable X and the manipulating variable Y are plotted directly on an integrated 2-channel line recorder. Alternatively, the variables can be tapped as analogue signals at lab jacks on the switch cabinet. This enables external recording equipment, such as an oscilloscope or a flatbed plotter, to be connected.
A process control software (RT 650.50) is optionally available. The software permits the construction of a complete networked system comprising multiple trainers from the RT 512 – RT 552 series. The key process variables can also be represented, and control functions executed.