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Electronic Portable Instruments: Design and Applications

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849319983
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2003
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

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

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

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 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

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


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