ELEC-255: Instrumentation Systems

School
Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Department
Electrical Technology
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Electrical/Electronics
Course Number
255
Course Title
Instrumentation Systems
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
ELEC-155
Catalog Course Description

Introduces instrumentation systems in a laboratory setting. Covers transducers including LVDTS, strain gages, accelerometers, load cells, magnetic pickups, and temperature detectors. Utilizes computer-based data acquisition including LabVIEW® graphical programming language.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Computer-based data acquisition
  2. Resistance potentiometer displacement measurements
  3. Position transducers
  4. Bridge-type position transducers
  5. AC-AC type LVDT
  6. Computer-based measurement of time variant displacement
  7. DC-DC LVDT
  8. LabVIEW@ programming
  9. The RVDT
  10. Strain Gage Installation
  11. Strain Gage Soldering
  12. Strain Gage Calibration
  13. Vibration Physics
  14. Acceleration: the link with dynamics
  15. Strain gage accelerometers
  16. High impedance piezoelectric accelerometers
  17. Low impedance piezoelectric accelerometers
  18. Thermocouple Experiment
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Analyze the operating principles of transducers including poteniometric transducers, Wheatstone Bridge, LVDT transducers, strain gages, piezoelectric accelerometers, low impedance accelerometers, thermocouples and semiconductor temperature detectors.*
  2. Explain the concepts of measurement.*
  3. Demonstrate the concept of repeatability.*
  4. Analyze the linearity of a measurement system.*
  5. Construct a graph to show hysteresis of a measurement system.*
  6. Locate the sensitivity information related to sensors.*
  7. Explain the resolution of an instrumentation system.
  8. Assess the mechanical resonance of a vibrating mechanical system.*
  9. Design a virtual instrument with LabView.*
  10. Analyze graphical data and interpret the results.*
  11. Collect data from sensors and formulate graphs.*
  12. Explain the operation of each type of sensor studied.*
  13. Write a report based on lab results.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Note:  Assessment of the achievement is demonstrated by students passing a final exam in which common questions related to the competencies are given.  In addition students will demonstrate achievement of the competencies through the various methods as listed below.

  1. Conduct laboratory activities of various instrumentation systems using LabVIEW® where the acquisition of data is used in order to analyze the operating principles and characteristics of transducers including poteniometric transducers, Wheatstone Bridge, LVDT transducers, strain gages, piezoelectric accelerometers, low impedance accelerometers, thermocouples and semiconductor temperature detectors.
  2. Conduct laboratory exercises and activities where measurement concepts are explored, identified and observed to include repeatability, linearity, hysteresis, sensitivity, resolution, and mechanical resonance.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
04/18/2014
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
06/02/2014