An undergraduate textbook, “Sensors, Actuators, and Their Interfaces - A Multidisciplinary Introduction” by Nathan Ida introduces students to the principles and applications of sensors and actuators, crossing multiple disciplines including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. An excellent professional reference for those who need to learn the basics of sensing and actuation, this book is a good choice for industry training seminars.
“Sensors, Actuators, and Their Interfaces” connects the dots of theory and circuit basics into meaningful systems and real-world applications. It introduces students and practitioners to the principles and applications of sensors, actuators, processing hardware, and the embedded-systems software that connects them.
Looking at sensors and actuators from the broad area of detection, the book rests on the theory that a system consists of three components: inputs, outputs, and processors. Important coverage is on tap for interfacing, particularly the processes and mechanisms between the sensor and actuator that make a system work reliably and accurately. The author presents all material with clear explanations, examples, and diagrams, making it ideal for students and practitioners working in a wide variety of fields, especially those depending on sensors for detecting pre-determined conditions.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Performance Characteristics of Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 3. Temperature Sensors
Chapter 4. Optical sensors
Chapter 5. Magnetic and Electromagnetic Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 6. Mechanical Sensors
Chapter 7. Acoustic Sensors and Actuators
Chapter 8. Chemical Sensors
Chapter 9. Radiation Sensors
Chapter 10. Smart sensors and actuators
Chapter 11. Interfacing Methods and Circuits
Available from SciTech Publishing, price for the 600-page, 8” x 10” cloth-bound book $125.00. Sensors Magazine readers can use source code SMSAI to purchase the book at an introductory 30% off discount. Offer expires on 12/31/2013. To purchase the book online, go to http://sci.styluspub.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=369874.