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Syllabus ( MSE 625 )


   Basic information
Course title: Principles and Materials of Sensors and Actuators
Course code: MSE 625
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ebru MENŞUR ALKOY
ECTS credits: 7,5
GTU credits: 3 (3+0+0)
Year, Semester: 2017-2018, Spring
Level of course: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Type of course: Area Elective
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: none
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: Performance characteristics of sensors and actuator ; General information about sensor materials and their properties; Optical sensors; Temperature sensors; Magnetic and electromagnetic sensors and actuators; Mechanical sensors; Acoustic sensors and actuators; MEMS and smart sensors.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Learn and understand the fundementals and types of sensors and actuators.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Define and manipulate advanced concepts of Materials Science and Engineering in a specialized way
    2. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field,
    3. Acquire scientific knowledge
    4. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams
    5. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Term paper
  2. To learn sensors materials and technologies.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Define and manipulate advanced concepts of Materials Science and Engineering in a specialized way
    2. Gain original, independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts and tools
    3. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field,
    4. Summarize, document, report and reflect on progress,
    5. Acquire scientific knowledge
    6. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary research teams
    7. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology
    8. Find out new methods to improve his/her knowledge.
    9. Support his/her ideas with various arguments and present them clearly to a range of audience, formally and informally through a variety of techniques
    10. Be aware of issues relating to the rights of other researchers and of research subjects e.g. confidentiality, attribution, copyright, ethics, malpractice, ownership of data,

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Term paper
  3. To learn, understand and discuss the basic phenomena of physical properties of sensing

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Define and manipulate advanced concepts of Materials Science and Engineering in a specialized way
    2. Gain original, independent and critical thinking, and develop theoretical concepts and tools
    3. Understand relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within his/her research field,
    4. Question and find out innovative approaches.
    5. Acquire scientific knowledge
    6. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology
    7. Find out new methods to improve his/her knowledge.
    8. Support his/her ideas with various arguments and present them clearly to a range of audience, formally and informally through a variety of techniques
    9. Be aware of issues relating to the rights of other researchers and of research subjects e.g. confidentiality, attribution, copyright, ethics, malpractice, ownership of data,

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Homework assignment
    3. Laboratory exercise/exam
   Contents Up
Week 1: An overview for sensors, actuators and transducers: Sensor need today, sensors sytems in engineering, physical mechanism of sensing.

Week 2: Sensor materials: Silicon, plactics, metals, ceramics and their applications in sensor world.
Week 3: Sensor materials: Optical glasses, nanomaterials and their applications in sensors. Surface preparation techniques: Sputtering, vacuum deposition, CVD.
Week 4: Sensor materials: Photolithograpy, ectching, electroplating.
Week 5: Optical sensors- Optical sensor concepts: Light barriers, displacement, strain, particle number and density. Optoelectric sensors.
Week 6: Magnetic and electromagnetic sensors and actuators: Hall effect and magnetorestive sensors, other magnetic sensors.
Week 7: Midterm exam
Week 8: Mechanical sensors: An overview for fabrication techniques of mechanical sensors. MEMS mechanical sensors packing techniques, mechanical trasduction techniques.
Week 9: Mechanical sensors: Pressure sensors, torque sensors, flow sensors, MEMS smart sensors.
Week 10: Acustical sensors and actuators: Fundemental phenomena in acustics. Piezolectric and piezomagnetic effects.
Week 11: Acustical sensors and actuators: Simple piezoelectric vibrators, piezoelectric actuators, piezoelectric rezonators, microphones.

(Ultrasonic sensors (piezoelectric, electromagnetic), Piezoelectric actuators, Piezoelectric
resonators, Microphones, hydrophones, speakers, buzzers)
Week 12: Hydrophones, magnetostrictive transducers, transducer arrays.
Week 13: Wireless sensors, chemical and radiation sensors.
Week 14: Presentation and homeworks.
Week 15*: General overview and discussuon
Week 16*: Final exam
Textbooks and materials: Sensors, Actuators and Their Interfaces, N. Ida, Scitech Publishers, 2014.
An Introduction to The Theory and Design of Sonar Transducers, O.B. Wilson, 1985.
Recommended readings: J. Fraden, “AIP Handbook of Modern Sensors, Physics, Designs and Applications,” American
Institute of Physics.
C.W. de Silva, “Sensors and Actuators, CRC Press
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 0 0
Other in-term studies: 0 0
Project: 12 60
Homework: 0
Quiz: 0
Final exam: 16 40
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 14
Own studies outside class: 3 14
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 10 3
Term project: 10 4
Term project presentation: 10 1
Quiz: 0 0
Own study for mid-term exam: 0 0
Mid-term: 0 0
Personal studies for final exam: 6 3
Final exam: 3 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
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  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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