CNR 1x proposal Fall 2009

CNR 1x proposal Fall 2009 - CNR Request for One-time ETF...

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CNR Request for One-time ETF funds – Fall 2009 Submitted by A. Kirkman 1) Instrumentation and Automation of a Pilot-Scale Teaching Paper Machine Funding Requested: $32,000 These funds will be used to install instrumentation and automation capabilities on the teaching paper machine in the Paper Science & Engineering (PSE) program . The “Wolfpack Baby” is a pilot-scale paper machine (12 inches wide by 60 feet long) that has been used to teach students about papermaking operations for 55 years. This single piece of equipment can be considered the most important in PSE, and it is used to great advantage across the curriculum. Although the machine is in good condition, it is lacking one significant feature: process control capabilities (instrumentation and automation). The industry is demanding increased student awareness of and competence in the area of process control, which continues to be one of the most dominant strategic initiatives for the paper and other industries in the US. The funds will be used to install a small process control computer, a software interface, and five field devices: temperature indicator/controller; pH indicator/controller; water turbidity indicator; two liquid flow rate indicators; five infrared dryer can temperature sensors. These new capabilities will make the following exciting new students activities possible: A) Setup, programming, and tuning of typical input/output control loops; B) Process data logging, trending, and management; C) Data-based troubleshooting of a papermaking process.
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