Sensor Technology Handbook, 1st Edition

Sensor Technology Handbook, 1st Edition,Jon Wilson,ISBN9780750677295






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Provides working engineers and engineering students with a much-needed, comprehensive and up-to-date reference to use when incorporating sensors into designs of everything from vehicles to industrial process plants

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  • Jam-packed with over 800 pages of techniques and tips, detailed design examples, standards, hardware and software interfacing information, and manufacturer pros/cons to help make the best sensor selection for any design
  • Covers sensors from A to Z- from basic technological fundamentals, to cutting-edge info. on the latest MEMS and the hottest nanotechnology applications


Without sensors most electronic applications would not exist—they perform a vital function, namely providing an interface to the real world. The importance of sensors, however, contrasts with the limited information available on them. Today's smart sensors, wireless sensors, and microtechnologies are revolutionizing sensor design and applications. This volume is a comprehensive sensor reference guide to be used by engineers and scientists in industry, research, and academia to help with their sensor selection and system design. It is filled with hard-to-find information, contributed by noted engineers and companies working in the field today. The book offers guidance on selecting, specifying, and using the optimum sensor for any given application. The editor-in-chief, Jon Wilson, has years of experience in the sensor industry and leads workshops and seminars on sensor-related topics.

In addition to background information on sensor technology, measurement, and data acquisition, the handbook provides detailed information on each type of sensor technology, covering:
· technology fundamentals
· sensor types, w/ advantages/disadvantages
· manufacturers
· selecting and specifying sensors
· applicable standards (w/ urls of related web sites)
· interfacing information, with hardware and software info
· design techniques and tips, with design examples
· latest and future developments

The handbook also contains information on the latest MEMS and nanotechnology sensor applications.


Electronics design engineers and engineering managers working in a vast array of application areas—medical, embedded, military, aerospace/aviation, automotive, construction, etc.; instrumentation engineers; test engineers

SECONDARY MARKET: Electrical/software engineering students, electronics technicians working in embedded systems, inhouse training departments of electronics manufacturers

Jon Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Consultant, The Dynamic Consultant, CA, USA

View additional works by Jon S. Wilson

Sensor Technology Handbook, 1st Edition


CHAPTER 1: Sensor Fundamentals
1.1 Basic Sensor Technology
1.2 Sensor Systems

CHAPTER 2: Application Considerations
2.1 Sensor Characteristics
2.2 System Characteristics
2.3 Instrument Selection
2.4 Data Acquisition and Readout
2.5 Installation

CHAPTER 3: Measurement Issues and Criteria

CHAPTER 4: Sensor Signal Conditioning
4.1 Conditioning Bridge Circuits
4.2 Amplifiers for Signal Conditioning
4.3 Analog to Digital Converters for Signal
4.4 Signal Conditioning High Impedance Sensors

CHAPTER 5: Acceleration, Shock and Vibration Sensors
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Technology Fundamentals
5.3 Selecting and Specifying Accelerometers
5.4 Applicable Standards
5.5 Interfacing and Designs

CHAPTER 6: Biosensors
6.1 Overview: What Is a Biosensor?
6.2 Applications of Biosensors
6.3 Origin of Biosensors
6.4 Bioreceptor Molecules
6.5 Transduction Mechanisms in Biosensors
6.6 Application Range of Biosensors
6.7 Future Prospects

CHAPTER 7: Chemical Sensors
7.1 Technology Fundamentals
7.2 Applications

CHAPTER 8: Capacitive and Inductive Displacement
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Capacitive Sensors
8.3 Inductive Sensors
8.4 Capacitive and Inductive Sensor Types
8.5 Selecting and Specifying Capacitive and
Inductive Sensors
8.6 Comparing Capacitive and Inductive Sensors
8.7 Applications
8.8 Latest Developments
8.9 Conclusion

CHAPTER 9: Electromagnetism in Sensing
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Electromagnetism and Inductance
9.3 Sensor Applications
9.4 Magnetic Field Sensors
9.5 Summary

CHAPTER 10: Flow and Level Sensors
10.1 Methods for Measuring Flow
10.2 Selecting Flow Sensors
10.3 Installation and Maintenance
10.4 Recent Advances in Flow Sensors
10.5 Level Sensors
10.6 Applicable Standards

CHAPTER 11: Force, Load and Weight Sensors
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Quartz Sensors
11.3 Strain Gage Sensors

CHAPTER 12: Humidity Sensors
12.1 Humidity
12.2 Sensor Types and Technologies
12.3 Selecting and Specifying Humidity Sensors
12.4 Applicable Standards
12.5 Interfacing and Design Information

CHAPTER 13: Machinery Vibration Monitoring Sensors
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Technology Fundamentals
13.3 Accelerometer Types
13.4 Selecting Industrial Accelerometers
13.5 Applicable Standards
13.6 Latest and Future Developments
13.7 Sensor Manufacturers
13.8 References and Resources

CHAPTER 14: Optical and Radiation Sensors
14.1 Photosensors
14.2 Thermal Infrared Detectors

CHAPTER 15: Position and Motion Sensors
15.1 Contact and Non-contact Position Sensors
15.2 String Potentiometer and String Encoder
Engineering Guide
15.3 Linear and Rotary Position and Motion
15.4 Selecting Position and Displacement

CHAPTER 16: Pressure Sensors
16.1 Piezoresistive Pressure Sensing
16.2 Piezoelectric Pressure Sensors

CHAPTER 17: Sensors for Mechanical Shock
17.1 Technology Fundamentals
17.2 Sensor Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
17.3 Selecting and Specifying
17.4 Applicable Standards
17.5 Interfacing Information
17.6 Design Techniques and Tips, with Examples
17.7 Latest and Future Developments

CHAPTER 18: Test and Measurement Microphones
18.1 Measurement Microphone Characteristics
18.3 Traditional Condenser Microphone Design
18.4 Prepolarized (or Electret) Microphone
18.5 Frequency Response
18.6 Limitations on Measurement Range
18.7 Effect of Environmental Conditions
18.8 Microphone Standards
18.9 Specialized Microphone Types
18.10 Calibration
18.11 Major Manufacturers of Test and
Measurement Microphones

CHAPTER 19: Strain Gages
19.1 Introduction to Strain Gages
19.2 Strain-Gage Based Measurements
19.3 Strain Gage Sensor Installations

CHAPTER 20: Temperature Sensors
20.1 Sensor Types and Technologies
20.2 Selecting and Specifying Temperature

CHAPTER 21: Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensors
21.1 Possibilities
21.2 Realities
21.3 Applications
23.4 Summary

CHAPTER 22: Wireless Sensor Networks: Principles
and Applications
22.1 Introduction to Wireless Sensor Networks
22.2 Individual Wireless Sensor Node
22.3 Wireless Sensor Networks Architecture
22.4 Radio Options for the Physical Layer
in Wireless Sensor Networks
22.5 Power Consideration in Wireless Sensor
22.6 Applications of Wireless Sensor Networks
22.7 Future Developments

APPENDIX A: Lifetime Cost of Sensor Ownership
APPENDIX B: Smart Sensors and TEDS FAQ
APPENDIX C: Units and Conversions
APPENDIX D: Physical Constants
APPENDIX E: Dielectric Constants
APPENDIX F: Index of Refraction
APPENDIX G: Engineering Material Properties
APPENDIX H: Emissions Resistivity
APPENDIX I: Physical Properties of Some Typical
APPENDIX J: Speed of Sound in Various Bulk Media
APPENDIX K: Batteries
APPENDIX L: Temperatures
Contributor’s Biographies
Contributing Companies
Sensor Suppliers
Subject Index
Sensor Technology Index

Quotes and reviews

"...if you are looking for a serious handbook covering all types of sensors rather than specializing in one subset, you may want to check this one out." --Melanie Martella, Sensor Magazine

"...packed with hard-to-find information contributed by engineers and companies working in the sensor field today. This book offers guidance on understanding, selecting, specifying, and using the optimum sensor for any given application." --Sound and Vibration, 2005

"Editor-in-Chief Jon Wilson, a forty-year sensor industry professional, has united his colleagues to create a thorough resource on sensors. Lengthy explanations are forgone for short, pointed introductions and explanations of a broad variety of sensors in the Sensor Technology Handbook. Each chapter is thoughtfully written by its respective contributor; smooth transitions from introductory material for novices to in-depth design techniques for academia make this an excellent addition to undergraduate, graduate, and professional collections." --Sarah Miller, Grainger Engineering Library, university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate Assistant, 2007
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