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Electronic Portable Instruments

Design and Applications, 1st Edition

By Halit Eren

CRC Press

424 pages | 38 Color Illus. | 151 B/W Illus.

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With the availability of advanced technologies, digital systems, and communications, portable instruments are rapidly evolving from simple, stand alone, low-accuracy measuring instruments to complex multifunctional, network integrated, high-performance digital devices with advanced interface capabilities. The relatively brief treatments these instruments receive in many books are no longer adequate. Designers, engineers and scientists need a comprehensive reference dedicated to electronic portable instruments that explains the state-of-art and future directions.

Electronic Portable Instruments: Design and Applications introduces the basic measurement and instrumentation concepts, describes the operating principles, and discusses the typical specifications of three main groups of portable instruments:

  • Portable and handheld instruments built for specific applications

  • Intelligent sensor-based devices with few components and dedicated features, such as implantable medical devices

  • Portable data systems containing fixed sensors and supporting mechanisms, but equipped with advanced communications capabilities, such as mobile weather stations

    The author discusses sensors suitable for these instruments, addresses how components are selected, and clearly shows that instrument design centers on trade-offs between costs, performance, size and weight, power consumption, interface options, ruggedness, and the ability to operate in a range of environments. A multitude of tables, formulae, and figures--many in full color--enhance the presentation. Numerous examples of applications demonstrate the current diversity of these devices and point the way to future trends in development and applications.

  • Table of Contents

    MEASUREMENTS, INSTRUMENTATION, AND ELECTRONIC PORTABLE INSTRUMENTS

    Fundamentals of Measurements

    Units and Standards

    General Concepts on Instruments

    Introduction to Portable Instruments

    Response and Drift

    Errors and Uncertainty

    Calibration and Testing of Instruments

    Controlling and Networking of Instruments

    Signals and Signal Conditioning

    Noise and Interference

    SENSORS, TRANSDUCERS, AND ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS

    Introduction

    Voltage and Current Sensors

    Magnetic Sensors

    Capacitive and Charge Sensors

    Semiconductor and Intelligent Sensors

    Acoustic Sensors

    Temperature and Heat Sensors

    Light Sensors

    Radiation Sensors

    Chemical Sensors

    Gas Sensors

    Biomedical and Biological Sensors

    Environmental Sensors

    Pollution Sensors

    Distance and Rotation Sensors

    Navigational Sensors

    Mechanical Variables Sensors

    DIGITAL ASPECTS: HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, AND ELECTRONIC PORTABLE INSTRUMENTS

    Introduction

    Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, and Computers

    Signal Conversion

    Digital Signal Processing

    Instrument Communication and Telemetry

    IEEE-1451 Standards for Sensors and Actuators: Smart Transducer Interface

    Virtual Instruments and Portable Instruments

    DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF ELECTRONIC PORTABLE INSTRUMENTS

    Introduction

    Design Considerations

    Power Supplies and Energy Sources

    Passive Circuit Components

    Active Components and Circuit Design

    Digital Aspects, Communication, and Networks

    Operator Interface

    Construction and Assembly

    Software Aspects

    EXAMPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF PORTABLE INSTRUMENTS

    Introduction

    Laboratory Instruments

    Environmental Instruments

    Chemical Instruments

    Biomedical Instruments

    Mechanical, Sound, and Vibration Instruments

    Radiation, Light, and Temperature Instruments

    GPS and Telemetry-Based Instruments

    Computer-Based and Intelligent Instruments

    Domestic, Personal, Hobby, and Leisure Portable Instruments

    CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    INDEX

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    TEC008000
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
    TEC008010
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / Circuits / General