Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Modelling for operation of complex industrial plants

Overall Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a function modelling methodology (Multilevel Flow Modelling) to analyze operational problems in complex industrial plants including diagnosis and decision support. The course demonstrates knowledge based systems for diagnosis, planning and design from a plant-wide perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the design of a complex automation system
  • Decompose automation and control hierarchies
  • Specify goals and means of plant operation
  • Specify control tasks and operation procedures
  • Develop Multilevel Flow Models (MFM) for industrial problems
  • Apply MFM models for diagnosis and action planning
  • Plan and execute projects
  • Write a technical report, including references and citations

Course Content

The primary goal of the course is for students to learn a modelling method that has the potential to support complex system operation. On the generic level, all form of modelling activities happens in two steps. The first step is “Interpretation”, when the modeller acquires knowledge and principles of the modelled subject; and the second step is “Representation”, when the modeller reconstructs the knowledge in a pre-defined formal language, i.e. to build a “model” that mimic the behaviour of the modelled subject. The course will be conducted following this general modelling framework, by firstly introducing the features of the complex engineered systems and the challenges in their daily operation. The students shall learn to analyze the design and control of these systems and specify the operation goals and functions. The course will then introduce the theory and method of functional modelling and its application (implementation of knowledge systems) to support complex plant operation. The students shall learn to build function models and use the model to analyze plant operation scenarios.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of object oriented analysis and programming
fundamental understanding of control systems and modelling

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, and group work.


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 34748
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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