Using Simulation Module, PCLAB, for Steady State Disturbance Sensitivity Analysis in Process Control


  • Emad Ali King Saud University
  • Arimiyawo Idriss King Saud University


Recently, chemical engineering education moves towards utilizing simulation soft wares to enhance the learning process especially in the field of process control. These training simulators provide interactive learning through visualization and practicing which will bridge the gap between the theoretical abstraction of textbooks and the demonstrative nature of the laboratory. In this paper, Process Control Laboratory (PCLAB) which is based on MATLAB® platform is presented as a simulation tool for process control design and analysis. In fact, one of these modules namely the Steady State Disturbance Sensitivity Analysis (SSDSA) is presented. The SSDSA method is demonstrated via a step-by-step procedure and its usefulness is emphasized.

Author Biographies

Emad Ali, King Saud University

Emad Ali is a faculty member of the Chemical Engineering Department at King Saud University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996. For the past 12 years he has been teaching process control to undergraduate and graduate students. His main research interest is in the area of process modeling, identification, and control.

Arimiyawo Idriss, King Saud University

Arimiyawo lbn Idriss is a research scientist with the Department of Chemical Engineering in King Saud University. Having graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a Masters in chemical engineering in 1989, Mr. Idriss has taught the Process Control Laboratory course for the past 1 o years. His current research interest is in plant energy analysis and catalysis.