Instrumentation in Agricultural Engineering Research
Semester Taught - Fall
Principles and application of measuring instruments and devices for obtaining experimental data in agricultural engineering research.
The lecture period will be used to develop a basic theoretical understanding of key issues in experimental/instrumentation design, signal conditioning, analog devices, data acquisition and sampling, and fundamental sensor applications.
The lab will be used to provide hands on experience with instrumentation equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generator, data acquisition boards, bread boarding circuits, and other practical techniques.
Demonstration and assignment labs will be provided and required, respectively. Additionally, the laboratory will be used to introduce the student to LabVIEW, Electronic WorkBench, and Matlab applications in instrumentation. Also, this period will be used to bring in Manufacturer's representatives and other researchers to discuss and demonstrate their experiences in instrumentation. The student will be given moderate guidance with ample opportunity to explore and learn at one's own initiative.
Dr. Tom Burks
Frazier Rogers Hall, #225
Phone: 352-392-1864 ext. 225
Class Materials Required
- Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements , 3 rd ed., R.S. Figliola and D.E. Beasley, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
- LabVIEW Programming, Data Acquisition and Analysis, J.Y. Beyon, Prentice Hall PTR. This text may be helpful LabVIEW programming, but not required.
- Instrumentation and Measurement for Environmental Sciences, Z.A.Henry, ASAE. There will be required reading, homework and lab exercises taken from text.
Readings from Instrumentation and Measurements for Environmental Science:
|Chapter 1||Planning the Experiments||Read asap|
|Chapter 11||Systems response||Supports chapter 3 of textbook|
|Chapter 14||Indicating and Recording||Read asap|
|Chapter 15||Analysis and interpretation||Supports chapter 4|
|Chapter 10||Signal conditioning||Supports chapter 6|
|Chapter 13||Digital data acquisition||Supports chapter 7|
|Chapter 16||Interfacing microcomputers
for data acquisition and control
|Supports chapter 7|
Lecture Materials Covered
|Week 1||Chapter 1||Basic Concepts of Measurement Systems|
|Week 2||Chapter 2||Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Signals|
|Week 3||Electronic Circuits Review|
|Week 4||Chapter 3||Measurement Systems Behavior|
|Week 5||Chapter 4||Probability and Statistics|
|Week 6||Chapter 5||Uncertainty Analysis|
|Week 7||Chapter 6||Analog Electrical Devices and Measurements|
|Week 8||Chapter 6||Analog Electrical Devices and Measurements|
|Week 9||Chapter 7||Sampling, Digital Devices, and Data Acquisition|
|Week 10||Chapter 8||Temperature Measurements|
|Week 11||Chapter 9||Pressure and Velocity Measurements|
|Week 12||Chapter 10||Flow Measurement|
|Week 13||Chapter 11||Straiin Measurement|
|Week 14||Chapter 12||Metrology, Motion, Force, and Power Measurement|
|Week 15||Project Presentations|
Laboratory Topics Covered:
|Week 1||AC & DC Instruments|
|Week 2||Electrical Circuits Review|
|Week 3||MATLAB Review|
|Week 4||Electronics Workbench|
|Week 5||Electronics Workbench|
|Week 6||LABVIEW Structure of VI and Sub VI|
|Week 7||LABVIEW Statements, Arrays and Clusters|
|Week 8||LABVIEW Data Display|
|Week 9||LABVIEW Data Acquisition and Demos|
|Week 10||Analog Electrical Devices and Measurements|
|Week 11||Analog Electrical Devices and Measurements|
|Week 12||Dynamic Sensors Demos|
|Week 13||THANKSGIVING, NO CLASS LAB|
|Week 14||Term Project Work Lab|
|Week 15||PROJECT PRESENTATION|
|Homework and Lab Reports||20%|
|Term Project & Presentation||20%|
- There will be approximately one homework or lab assignment per week. Late homework will not be accepted without prior approval. You may discuss homework with others, but you may not copy verbatim homework from another student. Cheating on homework will effect all parties involved.
- Some laboratories will require preparation, others are primarily demonstrations. Information about the laboratory requirements will be given out prior to the laboratory period. It is mandatory to attend Labs. Get advance approval if you can not attend lab.
- Each student will make a 15 minute technical presentation and turn in a minimum 3 to 5 page typed summary report covering a topic in instrumentation and sensor technology not covered in the text. The presentation must be thorough and technically accurate. The student should select a topic based on his/her personal research interest.
- Each student will be required to complete a term instrumentation research or design project. The project should incorporate data acquisition design and programming, data collection, and basic data analysis. A 10 minute class presentation and project report will be required. The student should select a topic based on his/her personal research interest.
- An in-class mid-term exam will be given covering lecture materials and homework.
- A comprehensive take home final exam will be given covering lecture materials and homework.
- Attendance, attitude, and participation will be taken into consideration for borderline grades.
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The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.
(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)
It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.
This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.
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