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Course Name Logic and Distributed Control Systems
Course Code 18PR706
Program M. Tech. in Power & Energy Engineering(Smart Grids & Electric Vehicles)
Year Taught 2018


Course Syllabus

Data loggers, Data Acquisition Systems (DAS), Direct Digital Control (DDC). Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA), sampling considerations. Functional block diagram of computer control systems, alarms, interrupts. Characteristics of digital data, controller software, linearization.

Digital controller modes: Error, proportional, derivative and composite controller modes.

PLC: Evolution, Components, advantages over relay logic, Architecture, Programming devices, Discrete and Analog I/O modules. Programming languages, Ladder diagrams, timers and counters.

Instructions in PLC: Program control instructions, math instructions, sequencer instructions. Use of PC as PLC, Case studies using PLC. DCS Architectures, Comparison, Local control unit. Process interfacing issues. Communication facilities, configuration of DCS, displays, redundancy concept.

Lab Practice: Simulation/hardware experiments in DAS, digital controllers, programming in PLC etc.

Text Books / References

  • John. W. Webb, Ronald A Reis, “Programmable Logic Controllers – Principles and Applications”, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall Inc., New Jersey, 2003.
  • M.P Lukcas, “Distributed Control Systems”, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1986.
  • Frank D. Petruzella, “Programmable Logic Controllers”, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 2016.
  • P.B.Deshpande and R.H Ash, “Elements of Process Control Applications”, ISA Press, New York, 1995.
  • Curtis D. Johnson, “Process Control Instrumentation Technology”, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall”, New Delhi, 2006.
  • Krishna Kant, “Computer-based Industrial Control”, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, New Delhi, 2010.


‘Logic and Distributed Control Systems’ is a course offered in the M. Tech. in Power & Energy Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus.

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