This course is an introduction to the type of sensors used in research and industry to measure physical and mechanical parameters and the standard methods of interfacing these devices. Discussion includes investigation of the underlying physical phenomenon which each transducer exploits and various signal conditioning and interfacing strategies. Typical devices covered include strain gages, LVDTs, load cells, pressure transducers, tachometers, accelerometers, temperature sensors, level sensors, and optical sensors.
2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week
[Course fee: $375]