Sensors for Test
and Measurement

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The short, three-day course is presented by Jon Wilson based on The Sensor Technology Handbook with expanded and updated material.

Course outline     Who should attend?     Course materials     Instructor

Course outline
  • Sensor fundamentals: Application considerations, measurement issues & criteria
  • Sensor signal conditioning: Bridge circuits, analog to digital converters, systems on a chip, sigma-delta ADCs, conditioning high impedance & charge output sensors
  • Introduction to strain gages: Piezoresistance, thin film, microdevices, accuracy, strain gauge-based measurements, sensor installations, high temperature installations
  • Electromagnetism in sensing: Electromagnetism & inductance, sensor applications, magnetic field sensors
  • Acceleration & vibration sensors: Piezoelectric, charge mode & IEPE, piezoelectric materials & structures, piezoresistive, capacitive, servo force balance, mounting, acceleration probes, grounding, cables & connections
  • Sensors for mechanical shock: Technology fundamentals, sensor types-advantages & disadvantages, frequency response requirements, pyroshock measurement, failure modes, structural resonance effects, environmental effects
  • Machinery vibration monitoring sensors: Accelerometer types, 4-20 milliamp transmitters, capacitive sensors, intrinsically safe sensors, mounting considerations
  • Position & motion sensors: Contact & non-contact, limit switches, resistive, magnetic & ultrasonic position sensors, proximity sensors, photoelectric sensors, linear & rotary position, motion sensors, optical encoders, resolvers & synchros
  • Capacitive & inductive displacement sensors: Capacitive fundamentals, inductive fundamentals, target considerations, comparing capacitive & inductive, using capacitive & inductive together
  • Force, load & weight sensors: Sensor types, physical configurations, fatigue ratings
  • Pressure sensors: Fundamentals of pressure sensing technology, piezoresistive sensors, piezoelectric sensors, specialized applications
  • Test & measurement microphones: Measurement microphone characteristics, condenser & prepolarized (electret), effect of angle of incidence, pressure, free field, random incidence, environmental effects, specialized types, calibration techniques
  • Flow sensors: Thermal anemometers, differential pressure, vortex shedding, positive displacement & turbine-based sensors, mass flowmeters, electromagnetic, ultrasonic & laser doppler sensors, calibration
  • Level sensors: Hydrostatic, ultrasonic, RF capacitance, magnetostrictive, microwave radar, selecting a technology
  • Humidity sensors: Capacitive, resistive & thermal conductivity sensors, temperature & humidity effects, condensation & wetting, integrated signal conditioning
  • Optical & radiation sensors: Photosensors, quantum detectors, thermal detectors, phototransistors, thermal infrared detectors
  • Temperature sensors: Electromechanical & electronic sensors, IR pyrometry, thermocouples, thermistors, RTDs, interfacing & design, heat conduction & self heating effects
  • Nanotechnology-enabled sensors: Possibilities, realities, applications
  • Smart sensors: IEEE 1451, TEDS, TEDS sensors, plug & play sensors
  • Wireless sensor networks: Individual node architecture, network architecture, radio options, power considerations
Who should attend?

Information coming soon

Course materials
  • Copy of PowerPoint presentation in course binder
  • Certificate of attendance for completion of CEUs
Continuing Education Units: 1.8 CEUs


Jon Wilson, instructor, iest Jon Wilson