Intelligent Sensors and Actuators

Master's degree in Electrical Engineering (specialization in Control and Industrial Electronics)
6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 28,0 T + 28,0 PL + 5,0 OT + 2,0 O

- Carlos Alberto Farinha Ferreira
- Jorge Manuel Correia Guilherme

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Get familiar with the different types and technologies of intelligent sensors and actuators available in the market as well as its modes of operation and uses; Be able to select, apply and maintain intelligent sensors and actuators and to incorporate sensors into distributed systems.

General characteristics of sensors: potentiometric, extensometric, photoresistive, thermoresistive, magnetoresistive, capacitive, inductive (LVDT and RVDT), hall-effect sensors; thermocouples and pyrometers; auto-resonant sensors; CCD and ultrasonic
sensors; linear and angular encoders; optical fibre and optical sensors; microsensors and multisensors; micro and

Evaluation Methodology
Practical assignments and presentations throughout the semester. In the practical classes students make a project for an application involving sensors and actuators with a final grade weight of 60%. In the theoretical lectures students make 4 presentations about
sensors and actuators with a final grade weight of 40%. Final grade = 60% Practical + 40% Theoretical

- Wilson, J. (2005). Sensor Technology Handbook. (Vol. 1). US: Elsevier Inc
- Bouwens, A. (1996). Digital Instrumentation. (Vol. 1). US: McGraw-Hill
- Morris, A. (1993). Principles of Measurement and Instrumentation. (Vol. 1). US: Prentice Hall
- Bell, D. (1994). Electronic Instrumentation and Measurements. (Vol. 1). US: Prentice Hall

Method of interaction
Lectures supported by illustrative cases. Theoretical-practical classes
focused on concept application and problem-solving.

Software used in class
Not applicable.