Sensors and actuators are used daily in countless applications to ensure more accurate and reliable workflows and safer environments. Many students and young engineers with engineering and science backgrounds often come prepared with circuits and programming skills but have little knowledge of sensors and sensing strategies and their interfacing.
In this fully revised and expanded second edition, the author looks at sensors and actuators based on a broad area of detection methods. He takes a general and applications-oriented approach to the topic and makes it discipline-independent to cater for a broad audience. Important coverage is given to interfacing (the processes and mechanisms between the sensors and actuators) that makes systems work reliably and accurately. Topics covered include different type of sensors and actuators (temperature, thermal, optical, electric, magnetic, mechanical, acoustic, chemical, radiation, and smart sensors) and their interfaces. The book contains numerous examples and problem sets as well as useful appendices.
- Chapter 2: Performance characteristics of sensors and actuators
- Chapter 3: Temperature sensors and thermal actuators
- Chapter 4: Optical sensors and actuators
- Chapter 5: Electric and magnetic sensors and actuators
- Chapter 6: Mechanical sensors and actuators
- Chapter 7: Acoustic sensors and actuators
- Chapter 8: Chemical and biological sensors and actuators
- Chapter 9: Radiation sensors and actuators
- Chapter 10: MEMS and smart sensors and actuators
- Chapter 11: Interfacing methods and circuits
- Chapter 12: Interfacing to microprocessors
- Appendix A: Least squares polynomials and data fitting
- Appendix B: Thermoelectric reference tables
- Appendix C: Computation on microprocessors
- Answers to problems
University of Akron, USA.
Nathan Ida is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron, USA. He teaches electromagnetics, antenna theory, electromagnetic compatibility, sensing and actuation, and computational methods and algorithms. His research interests are various but include numerical modelling of electromagnetic fields. He serves as Editor in Chief for Sensing and Imaging and is a board member of the IET International Book Series on Sensors.