The facilities available to the PSE@LSU
include pilot-scale distillation column, chemical reactor,
heat exchanger, crystalliser, bio-reactor and polymerisation
reactor systems. These facilities are well instrumented
and monitored/controlled using state-of-the-art equipment.
A consortium of software and hardware companies, between
them, made substantial contributions towards equipment,
infrastructure and research support over the past decade.
In a recent development, several of these pilot-plant
facilities have been incorporated within an Internet
based teaching and training initiative that aims to
make the entire PSE@LSU laboratory available
for distance education.
|Facilities Network Structure|
The process systems control facilities are a unique combination of state-of-the-art control equipment,
software, pilot scale plants and information managements second to none. The control network forms the
basis for seamless connectivity between control systems, relational databases (OPC, PI), simulation
plus modelling software and pilot scale plants over a system network.
The control architecture has, as its backbone, the departmental computer network, providing a flexible
layer on which information is shared. In practice, this means that information may be used and refined
using proprietary and third party software packages allowing for novel solution to control problem. Hybrid
systems that incorporate propriety hardware and a number of third party software are currently being
developed and trialed.