Communications Engineering I
Course Lead: Gorry Fairhurst
The Communications Engineering I course is all about serial communications for control applications. This provides an overview of serial communications techniques, with an analysis of waveforms and systems emphasising the role of point-to-multipoint communication. A related Communications Engineering II course explores local area networks and the Internet.
To present skills the fundamentals of serial communications to control real-world devices. To gain an understanding of techniques for serial data transmission using asynchronous and synchronous transmission. To become familiar with the operation of key protocols (e.g. DMX-512, RDM, CAN). To be introduced to micro-controller-based design of equipment and control using control bus interfaces and related software algorithms.
The course comprises:
- "Recommended Practice for DMX512, 2nd Edition incorporating USITT DMX512-A and Remote Device Management - RDM", 2012 (ISBN 9780955703522, available for free download from PLASA).
- "Control Freak - A real world guide to DMX-512 and Remote Device Management", Wayne Howell, 2010.
- This book explains the subject of control protocols in words and language that make the complex topics he deals with clear and understandable. Control Freak is intended to provide a more in depth discussion of the subject than simple protocol standards guidance booklets. It is intended to prove useful to both users and product designers whilst also offering an introduction to those who simply require an overview of the subject.
- Mackay, Wright & Park, "Practical Data Communications for Instrumentation and Control", 1st Edition, Newnes (ISBN : 9780750657976, eBook ISBN : 9780080473802)
- This book provides you with the knowledge to analyse, specify and debug data communications systems in the instrumentation and control environment. Coverage includes RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 standards, and industrial networks and protocols, including CAN bus.
There is a course roadmap helping you to navigate through the topics on this web site.
Prof. Gorry Fairhurst, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. (2016)