Students will be able to understand physical priciples of the conversion of measured quantities into electric signal, sensor manufacturing technologies and characteristics, and to select an appropriate sensor technology for a specific application.
- explain sensor classification
- explain physical principles of the conversion of measured quantities into electric signal
- define sensor technical specifications
- describe sensor manufacturing technologies
- apply international standards for particular sensors
- select a suitable sensor for given application
Forms of Teaching
Lectures are focused on theoretical and practical aspects of key course topics (two hours per week).Exams
Continuous evaluation encompasses two written exams (midterm and final exam). Students who do not satisfy at continuous evaluation must undertake both the written and oral exam. Students are questioned at the laboratory exercises and they also collect the points for a seminar.Laboratory Work
Students are obliged to take laboratory exercises (15 hours). During the laboratory exercises, students learn about sensor characteristics on practical examples.Consultations
Consultations for students are held once per week.Seminars
Students (in groups of up to three students) explore a theme or subject of interest related to the course.Internship visits
During the semestar, professional visits will be arranged.
|Type||Threshold||Percent of Grade||Threshold||Percent of Grade|
|Laboratory Exercises||50 %||10 %||50 %||10 %|
|Seminar/Project||0 %||10 %||0 %||10 %|
|Mid Term Exam: Written||50 %||20 %||0 %|
|Final Exam: Written||50 %||20 %|
|Final Exam: Oral||40 %|
|Exam: Written||50 %||40 %|
|Exam: Oral||40 %|
Week by Week Schedule
- Sensors for conversion of nonelectrical quantities into electric signal. Transducers. Signal conditioning.
- Semiconductor and MEMS technology. Sensors based on surface-acoustic wave (SAW). Nanotechnology.
- Transducers for contact temperature measurements: resistance temperature detectors (RTD), thermistors, thermocouples, semiconductor sensors. Sensors for contactless temperature measurements: pyrometers, photo-diodes, photo-transistors, photo-resistors, bolometers, thermopile, pyroelectric sensors.
- Realisations of contactless thermometers. CCD sensors. Optical sensors. Radioactivity measurement.
- Displacement sensors: resistive, capacitive, variable reluctance, LDT, LVDT, magnetostrictive, ultrasonic, optical, digital encoders. Velocity measurement sensors (ultrasound, optical, magnetic).
- Accelerometers (piezoelectric, integrated - piezoresistive and capacitive). Gyroscope.
- Strain measurement: strain gauges. Force and torque measurement. Pressure sensors (capacitive, strain gauge, piezoresistive, vibrating string). Microphones.
- Midterm exam
- Flow sensors: differential pressure flow meters, vortex flow meters, rotameter, turbine flow meter, electromagnetic flow meter, ultrasonic flow meters, volumetric flow meters, thermal transport sensors.
- Level measurement: floats, temperature sensors, rotating paddle, vibrating level switches, hydrostatic pressure, gravimetric, capacitive, ultrasonic, radar and optical.
- Humidity and moisture sensors: resistive, capacitive, selfheating, electrolytic, IR absorption, nuclear, microwave.
- Electrochemical sensors: potentiometric, amperometric, conductometric, calorimetric, optical, piezoelectric. Chemoresistors, chemocapacitors, chemotransistors.
- Gas concentration measurement: electrochemical, catalytic and infrared.
- Biosensors: calorimetric, potentiometric, amperometric, optical, piezoelectric, immunosensors.
- Final exam