Simple and Practical Instrumentation Systems for Research Applications

dc.contributor.advisor Ortiz-Rivera, Eduardo I. Guerrero Cabarcas, Gerardo David College of Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.committee Papadopoulos, Christopher
dc.contributor.committee Serrano, Guillermo
dc.contributor.department Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.representative Monroig-Saltar, Francisco M. 2020-10-25T11:20:45Z 2020-10-25T11:20:45Z 2020-05-28
dc.description.abstract This work presents the design and construction of three electronics devices related to the area of instrumentation. These devices are meant to be used with specific sensors and transducers in the areas of agricultural sciences, engineering science and materials, and power electronics. They were designed for the specific research applications requested by professors of these areas, maintaining the complexity of the prototypes low compared with the commercial technologies available for the same purpose. The first design used linear variable displacement transformers (LVDT) to measure variations in the diameter of the bark and the xylem of trees due to changes in the environmental conditions around them. The second project was the design of a prototype capable of measuring the forces experienced by objects when a mechanical load was applied to it, to study its response to them. The last project was the development of a system that allows the estimation of the irradiance and temperature of a solar cell using only the immediate values of cell voltage and current. All developed prototypes performed their corresponding task with low errors and variability. The devices were customized for research applications, are easily replicable and simple so anyone could use and maintain them. en_US
dc.description.graduationSemester Spring en_US
dc.description.graduationYear 2020 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This master thesis work was sponsored in part by the "Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education (CIESESE)" with Grant Number DE-NA0003330 and given by the National Nuclear Security Administration part of the US Department of Energy. Second, this master thesis work was sponsored in part by the project “Resilient Power Solutions for End of Line Communities" under Standard Purchase Order: 2010931 led by Eng. Robert Broderick from Sandia National Laboratories. Third, this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1634828 with the name: “Collaborative Research: Full-culm Bamboo as a Full-fledged Engineering Material”. Finally, this work was sponsored in part by the project “Modeling the development and structure of novel tropical forests in Puerto Rico: Supplementing landscape models with dispersal modules” under Mcintire-Stennis Grant PR00MS19 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights CC0 1.0 Universal *
dc.rights.holder Gerardo David Guerrero Cabarcas en_US
dc.rights.uri *
dc.subject Instrumentation en_US
dc.subject Embedded Systems en_US
dc.subject LVDT en_US
dc.subject Strain Gauge en_US
dc.subject Pyranometer en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic apparatus and appliances -- Design and construction en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Detectors en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Transducers en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prototype, Engineering en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Solar cells en_US
dc.title Simple and Practical Instrumentation Systems for Research Applications en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dspace.entity.type Publication Electrical Engineering en_US M.S. en_US
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