Instrumentation and Control Systems

Instrumentation and Control Systems

3rd Edition - January 18, 2021

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  • Author: William Bolton
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245156
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128234716

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Instrumentation and Control Systems, Third Edition, addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications. The book provides a comprehensive introduction on the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form and complemented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study. Taking a highly practical approach, the author combines underpinning theory with numerous case studies and applications throughout, thus enabling the reader to directly apply the content to real-world engineering contexts. Coverage includes smart instrumentation, DAQ, crucial health and safety considerations, and practical issues such as noise reduction, maintenance and testing. PLCs and ladder programming is incorporated in the text, as well as new information introducing various software programs used for simulation. The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation.

Key Features

  • Assumes minimal prior mathematical knowledge
  • Includes an extensive collection of problems, case studies and applications, with a full set of answers at the back of the book
  • Helps place theory in real-world engineering context


Pre-degree students and first year engineering undergraduates who requiring a general introduction to the principles of instrumentation engineering and control engineering. Students on BTEC Higher National. Engineering programes (HNC and HND) and Foundation Degree

Table of Contents

  • 1. Measurement systems
    2. Instrumentation systems elements
    3. Instrumentation case studies
    4. Control Systems
    5. Process controllers
    6. Correction elements
    7. PLC systems
    8. Systems
    9. Transfer function
    10. Systems response
    11. Frequency response
    12. Nyquist diagrams
    13. Controllers

    A: Errors
    B: Differential equations
    C: Laplace transform

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2021
  • Published: January 18, 2021
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128245156
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128234716

About the Author

William Bolton

Former Lecturer at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK, and now retired, William Bolton has worked in industry and academia as a senior lecturer in a college of technology, a member of the Nuffield Advanced Physics team, an adviser to a British government aid project in Brazil on technical education, as a UNESCO consultant in Argentina and Thailand, and as Head of Research and Development at the Business and Technician Education Council. He has written many engineering textbooks, including Mechatronics, 4th ed., Engineering Science, 5th ed., Higher Engineering Science, 2nd ed., Mechanical Science, 3rd ed., and Instrumentation and Control Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Lecturer, Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, UK

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