Sensors, Actuators, and Their Interfaces
A Multidisciplinary Introduction

Cloth: 978 1 61353 006 1 / $125.00
Published: December 2013  

Publisher: SciTech Publishing
600 pp., 8" x 10"
This undergraduate textbook introduces students to the principles and applications of sensors and actuators, crossing multiple disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. An excellent professional reference for those needing to learn the basics of sensing and actuation, this book is a good choice for industry training seminars.

This book “connects the dots” of theory and circuits basics into meaningful systems and real-world applications. Designed to introduce students and practitioners to the principles and applications of sensors and actuators, this book discusses processing hardware and the embedded systems software that connects them.

It is written based on the theory that a system is made of three components: Inputs, Outputs and Processors and looks at sensors and actuators based on the broad area of detection. Important coverage is given to interfacing (the processes and mechanisms between the sensor and actuator) that make a system work reliably and accurately. The material is presented with clear explanations, examples and diagrams, making it ideal for students and practitioners concerned with systems engineering in a broad variety of fields, especially those that depend on sensors for detecting pre-determined conditions.

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Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Performance Characteristics of Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 3. Temperature Sensors
Chapter 4. Optical sensors
Chapter 5. Magnetic and Electromagnetic Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 6. Mechanical Sensors
Chapter 7. Acoustic Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 8. Chemical Sensors
Chapter 9. Radiation Sensors
Chapter 10. Smart sensors and actuators
Chapter 11. Interfacing Methods and Circuits

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