College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Jason Poon, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department

Additional Advisors

Taufik, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo’s Electrical Engineering Department is currently developing lab experiments for the new EE435 (Industrial Power Control and Automation) class. In order to support these efforts, fourth year Cal Poly students are expected to develop laboratory experiments that will be conducted during this new class for the semester system. The lab experiment focused on in this project is called the Tank Level Controller. This experiment will introduce EE 435 students to Schneider Electric Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hardware and software, which is prominent in the automation industry.
This experiment will require students to develop a simulation that tracks the actual water level of an industrial tank and the tank’s water intake. The system will utilize 2 valves (an inlet valve and an outlet valve), and will need to recognize the flow rates of each valve, implement the flow rate on the inlet rate using VFD speed control, and adjust the water level via a PID controller. Students will be using the Modicon M580 controller hardware in the lab and simulating elements that cannot be brought into the lab like industrial water tanks and pumps. The goal of this project is to create a well tested and validated lab manual for the Tank Level Controller experiment that students can follow. The experiment should accurately replicable and should not take longer than a 3 hour lab period.