13482 - Industrial Instrumentation and Automation

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  • Teacher Augusto Bianchini

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ING-IND/17

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Mechanical Engineering (cod. 0949)


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

Student acquires knowledge about the criteria and methods for the proper use of tools, measuring equipment and devices for diagnostics, monitoring and automation of industrial mechanical systems.

Course contents

Measure fundamentals

Temperature, pressure and flowmeter measurement instrumentation

Functional elements of a measurement system

Pneumatic control

Two position control

Proportional (P) control

Integral (I) control

Derivative (D) control

PID control

Control system set up

Control proceedings and actuators

Control components and selection criteria

Regulating valve

Typologies of regulating valves

Measurement instrumentation

Pilot valves (pneumatic position transducer)

Flow meter transducer (mass and volume)

Pressure transducers (absolute, relative and differential)

Temperature transducers: thermocouples, thermoresistances and thermistors

Flow measurement with needle probe

Humidity measurements

Density measurement (for liquid and gas)

Load cells

Data acquisition

Analog and digital converters

Measurement chain and data acquisition

Instrument control

Control systems

PLC fundamentals

PC Data acquisition

Mechanical plants controlled by two position

Industrial furnace: methane and gas supply line

Compressed air plant

Refrigeration plant

Pneumatic conveying facility plant


Lecture notes on my personal website.

Teaching methods

Lectures in classroom. Practical exercises in classroom, in laboratory and at industrial companies.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of a written and oral assessment aiming at assessing the learning of the design methodology of mechanical industrial plants learned during the course with particular attention to the regulation and control systems. The final test also evaluates the ability to define the main characteristics of control systems and instrumentation used in industrial plant engineering and the ability to apply the concepts with the definition of P&ID and electromechanical panels of industrial plants.

Teaching tools

Slides and table devices shown in class.

Office hours

See the website of Augusto Bianchini