Date of Award
Master of Engineering Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Jin Jiang
The research develops a test-bench and framework to evaluate distributed control systems (DCSs) against industrial control system requirements. A real-time hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test-bench and framework has been used for the evaluation of a DeltaV M3 DCS from Emerson Process Management. The test-bench measures: process control behaviour including overshoot and settling time; and I/O throughput, latency, and jitter for analog, digital, Modbus serial and OPC over Ethernet. The DCS successfully controls a real-time Matlab simulation model of a Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) steam generator, with a maximum water-level overshoot of 4.20%. The evaluated DCS has I/O throughput between 1.06 and 5.05 Hz, and latencies between 72 and 310 ms. The OPC over Ethernet is the most deterministic I/O channel, but has the lowest throughput. The test-bench and framework enables the evaluation of new technology for use in NPP and many other industrial control applications.
O’Donell, Carlos, "A Framework for the Evaluation of Distributed Control Systems in Industrial Control Applications" (2008). Digitized Theses. 4232.