Sensors and Transducers

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Newnes, Dec 5, 2000 - Technology & Engineering - 256 pages
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In this book Ian Sinclair provides the practical knowhow required by technician engineers, systems designers and students. The focus is firmly on understanding the technologies and their different applications, not a mathematical approach. The result is a highly readable text which provides a unique introduction to the selection and application of sensors, transducers and switches, and a grounding in the practicalities of designing with these devices.

The devices covered encompass heat, light and motion, environmental sensing, sensing in industrial control, and signal-carrying and non-signal switches.
  • Get up to speed in this key topic through this leading practical guide
  • Understand the range of technologies and applications before specifying
  • Gain a working knowledge with a minimum of maths

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Chapter 1 Strain and Pressure
Chapter 2 Position direction distance and motion
Chapter 3 Light and associated radiation
Chapter 4 Temperature sensors and thermal transducers
Chapter 5 Sound infransound and ultrasound
Chapter 6 Solids liquids and gases
Chapter 7 Environmental senssors
Chapter 8 Other sensing methods
Chapter 9 Instrumentation techniques
Chapter 10 Switch principles
Chapter 11 Switch mechanisms
Chapter 12 SIgnalcarrying switches
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Page xi - A transducer is a device that converts energy from one form into another...
Page ix - Preface to First Edition The purpose of this book is to explain and illustrate the use of sensors and transducers associated with electronic circuits.
Page 18 - The positive gas ions are then attracted to a negatively charged electrode, and the amount of current carried by these ions is measured. Since the number of ions per unit volume depends on the number of atoms per unit volume, and this latter figure depends on pressure, the reading of ion current should be reasonably proportional to gas pressure.

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Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at

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