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ICT30M3 Network control systems reliability

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Module name:

Network control systems reliability

Scope and form:

Classical course + labs

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

1 semester:
On a  15-week basis, 3 contact-hours/week for the course,
5 labs per semester (one lab duration is 3 hours),

Type of assessment:

Continuous assessment during labs, final exam

Qualified Prerequisites:

Mainly networking and automatic control

General module objectives:

RAMS – dependability – some standards aspects – securisation of networked control applications – Evaluation of safety for dynamic applications

Topics and short description:

1. Dependability and RAMS concepts
2. Some aspects of networks, performance criteria
3. Some aspect of automatic control, performance criteria
4. Standards: 61508 on the functional safety, SIL (Safety Integrated) levels, 61850 on the smart-grids communication…
5. Co-design of a networked control application
6. RAMS evaluation
Labs about robotics and smart grids applications

Learning outcomes:




RAMS and dependability

Evaluation of dependability

Co-design of a networked control applications dealing with performance criteria and standards context

Network and automatic control, performance criteria

Measurement of performance

Relations between performances and SIL levels

Standards for networked control applications

Recommended literature:

Systems Dependability Assessment - Jean-François Aubry, Nicolae Brînzei - 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
IEC TC57, IEC 61850 – Communication networks and systems in substations (htt://
IEC, 2003. Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry. International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland.
Security for industrial communication systems, Dacfey Dzung, Martin Naedele, Thomas P. Von Hoff, Mario Crevatin, pp. 1152-1177, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 93, n° 6 "Industrial Communication Systems", June 2005
E. Cole, R. Krutz, JW Conley - Network security bible – Wiley, 2005
Feedback Control Systems - Charles L. Phillips, Auburn University - John M. Parr, University of Evansville - Prentice Hall, 2011