Doctoral thesis

Training in process control : supporting performance in consideration of operator characteristics


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Thèse de doctorat: Université de Fribourg, 2010

English This doctoral thesis investigated how training can best support process control performance in consideration of individual differences, i.e. operator characteristics. Process control can be found in industries that control large chemical, energy or thermal processes and is highly safety-critical. The research question was approached through experimental studies conducted with a simulated process control task. Study I investigated the relationship between operator characteristics and process control performance. Study II replicated and extended these findings by analyzing the relation between the same and additional operator characteristics and process control performance. The focus of study III was on the comparison of three training approaches designed to enhance process control performance. Study IV aimed at applying a novel measure of structural knowledge to test its potential as a training outcome in process control. Taken together, the results show that effects of operator characteristics and training methods on performance differ with respect to the two main tasks of process control–system control and fault finding. Hence, one needs to consider operator characteristics and design training interventions according to each of the subtasks.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département de Psychologie
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