Checking date: 23/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Electronic Instrumentation in Energy Systems
Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (Plan: 421 - Estudio: 251)


Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
- Electronics Engineering Fundamentals (3rd Year, 1st Semester). It is strongly recommended to have it passed.
The goal of the course is to allow the student understanding and being able to design some parts of most common sensor and conditioning systems in industrial applications for energetic purposes. To achieve this goal, the student must acquire the following competences and skills: - A knowledge of electronics and optoelectronics sensors - A knowledge, and ability to use of measurement equipments - An ability to design basic conditioning circuits for commercial sensors - An ability to design and evaluate instrumentation systems for different applications within energetic systems. - An ability to select between commercial sensors and their related electronics and optoelectronics instrumentation for measuring different magnitudes.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
THEORY: 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 What are instrumentation systems useful for? 1.2 Instrumentation systems blocks 1.3. An example of an instrumentation system in energetic systems 2. TRANSDUCERS 2.1 Definition 2.2 Advantages and disadvantages of electronic sensors 2.3 Active and passive sensors. 2.4 Classification. 3. SENSOR CHARACTERISTICS 3.1 Static and dynamic operation regime 3.2. Accuracy 3.3. Calibration curve 3.4. Input and output range 3.5. Sensitivity 3.6. Non-linearity 3.7. Resolution 3.8. Hysteresis and other characteristics 3.9. Bandwidth 4. SIGNAL CONDITIONING 4.1 Basic signal conditioning characteristics 4.2 Potentiometric circuit 4.3 Wheatstone bridge circuit 4.4 Amplification 4.5. Modulation and demodulation 4.6 Analog to digital conversion 5. TEMPERATURE SENSORS AND SIGNAL CONDITIONING 5.1 Applications 5.2. Mechanic temperature sensors 5.3. Integrated circuits thermometers and signal conditioning 5.4. Resistive thermometers and signal conditioning 5.5. Thermocouples 5.6. Different temperature sensors comparison 6. STRAIN SENSORS AND SIGNAL CONDITIONING 6.1. Applications and basic elastic principles 6.2. Operation principles 6.3. Types of extensometers. 6.4. Static characteristics and installation issues 6.5. Conditioning circuits 7. LEVEL AND POSITION SENSORS AND SIGNAL CONDITIONING 7.1. Applications and measuring principles 7.2. Resistive potentiometers and signal conditioning 7.3. Hall effect sensors 7.4. Inductive and capacitive sensors and signal conditioning 8. OPTICAL SENSORS AND SIGNAL CONDITIONING 8.1 Light properties. Basic light sources and photometry 8.2. Light detector resistance and signal conditioning 8.3. Photodiodes and phototransistors and signal conditioning 8.4. Solar cells and photomultipliers 8.5. Fiber-optic sensors LABORATORY: Implementation of some laboratory practices with the aim of develop examples of electronic instrumentation systems to measure physical magnitudes which can be of interest in industrial sensing solutions applied to energetic systems.
Learning activities and methodology
- Theory - Lectures , problem resolution ¿ Seminars, individual tutorials and student personal homework; oriented to theoretical knowledge acquisition. - Personal homework to solve proposed exercises useful for self-evaluation and knowledge acquisition. - Laboratory practices oriented to practical knowledge related with the contents of the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • A.M. Lázaro. Problemas resueltos de instrumentación y medidas eléctricas . Marcombo. 1998
  • E. Udd . Fiber Optic Sensors: An Introduction for Engineers and Scientists . Wiley. 2011
  • J. T. Humphries . Industrial Electronics . Delmar . 1993
  • M. A. Pérez García et al.. Instrumentación Electrónica . Thompson. 2004

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.