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Title page for ETD etd-12052003-170833


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Szarek, Thomas R.
Author's Email Address tszarek@nd.edu
URN etd-12052003-170833
Title On the Use Of Microcontrollers for Data Acquisition in an Introductory Measurments Course
Degree Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Department Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephen Batill Committee Chair
Flint Thomas Committee Member
Thomas Corke Committee Member
Keywords
  • microprocessor
Date of Defense 2003-06-27
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
A microcontroller-based, miniature data acquisition system was developed for use in a sophomore-level Introduction to Measurement course. This board demonstrates that principles of proper data acquisition are applicable not only in the laboratory, but also in "real-world" applications where traditional data-acquisition systems are not easily implemented. Two experiments made use of the board's capability -- one to determine the altitude achieved by a model rocket and one to measure the surface temperature distribution of a lake. A custom-made rocket carried the required electronics, including an accelerometer to measure the rocket's acceleration and a pressure transducer to measure the rockets velocity. A custom-made electric-powered boat carried a thermocouple to measure the water temperature and a Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine the boat's location. The details of the electronic board, rocket, and boat design, along with the results of the experiments carried out by the students, will be presented.
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