Sensors and Data Acquisition

Subject description

Sensors and conversion of physical quantities. Sensors and measurement of physical quantities. Technology and sensor design: mechanical sensors, chemical sensors, thermal sensors, optical sensors, magnetic sensors, biosensors, acoustic sensors, sensors in environment monitoring. Sensors and nanotechnology. Actuators.

Sensors in automation, robotics, diagnostics, control, production and trade, identification, energy distribution, medicine, security, protection. Static and dynamic characteristics of sensors, sensor models. Sensors and signals, sensors and data acquisition and signal processing. Representativeness of the obtained signals. Sensors and conversion of physical quantities in the first and higher orders. The characteristic properties of the sensors and correction methods. Sensor terminology. Quality assurance in the sensor manufacturing and use. Sensors in automated production processes, communication and standardization, self-diagnostics, microcomputer support. Neural networks for complex processing of measurement signals. Electromagnetic compatibility of sensors.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Students learn about the basics of physical quantities conversion, the operation and use of sensors and design of sensor systems. They learn about the characteristic properties and interactions of the sensor with the environment, the measurement process and as part of the measurement system.

Students create an individual seminar in the form of an article and present it with an appearance in front of the auditorium. They learn to search independently and to select resources (books, magazines, articles, internet), and write an article in accordance with the requirements for publication in an expert magazine.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, demonstrations, practical laboratory work, seminar work presentation.

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

– have knowledge of sensor systems operation principles

– explain sensor systems operation principles

– use sensor systems to measure physical quantities

– interpret and explain characteristics of sensor systems

– independently search for and interpret resources

– prepare an elaborate and write an article in accordance with the requirements for publication in an expert magazine

Basic sources and literature

  1. J. Fraden, Handbook of modern sensors: physics, designs, and applications, Springer, 2010.
  2. D. Fefer in A. Jeglič, Senzorji in pretvorniki, Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, 2006.
  3. IEEE Sensors Journal, A Publication of the IEEE Sensors Council, ISSN 1530-437X.
  4. H. Baltes, W. Gopel, J. Hesse, Sensors, Vol. 1,2,…, 12, Wiley VCH, 2005.
  5. Larry J. Kricka, Mocrochips, mocroarrays, biochips and nanochips: personal laboratories for the 21st century, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvannia Medical Center.
  6. Bela G. Liptak, Process Measurement and Analysis, Volume 1, Fourth Edition, Instrument Engineers Handbook, CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, Florida. 2003, ISBN- 0-8493-1083-0 (v.1).
  7. Richard G. Lyon, Understanding Digital Signal Processing, Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey, 2001.

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