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Fundamentals of Sensors for Engineering and Science





ISBN 9781439861035
Published April 21, 2011 by CRC Press
112 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Fundamentals of Sensors for Engineering and Science is a practical analysis of sensors and measurement, designed to help readers make informed decisions when selecting an appropriate sensor for a given application. Spurred by a growing demand for information on the evolution of modern sensors, this book evaluates current applications to illustrate their wide range of uses, as well as the many ways they can be classified.

Emphasizing the underlying physics involved, author Patrick Dunn reviews the sensors commonly used in engineering and science. He also covers the sensors of the human body, as well as biomimetic sensors used to simulate human functions. The book organizes and describes contemporary examples of manmade sensors based on their core physical principles. Fundamentals—including scaling considerations involved in micro- and nano-sensor development and uncertainty—are introduced at the beginning of the text.

A companion to the popular Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science, Second Edition, this book will benefit instructors, industry professionals, and anyone else with an interest in this burgeoning field. Clarifying the primary role and key characteristics of sensors in engineering and science, this text includes a wealth of examples and chapter problems, and it also provides online links to updated ancillary materials.

Table of Contents

Sensor Fundamentals

Chapter Overview

Role in a Measurement System

Domains

Characteristics

Scaling Considerations

Uncertainty

Calibration

Problems

Bibliography


Sensors in Engineering and Science

Chapter Overview

Physical Principles of Sensors

Electric

Resistive

Capacitive

Inductive

Piezoelectric

Fluid Mechanic

Optic

Photoelastic

Thermoelectric

Electrochemical

Problems

Bibliography


Human and Biomimetic Sensors

Chapter Overview

Human Sensors

Vision

Taste and Smell

Hearing and Equilibrium

Somatic

Biomimetic Sensors

Problems

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Biography

Patrick F. Dunn, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where he has been a faculty member since 1985. Prior to 1985, he was a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory from 1976 to 1985 and a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University from 1974 to 1976. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Purdue University (1970, 1971, and 1974). He is the author of more than 160 scientific journal and refereed symposia publications and a licensed professional engineer in Indiana and Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is the recipient of departmental, college, and university teaching awards.