Brief description of the procedures and apparatus to be used. Include a diagram of your proposed measurement system.
• Input Measurand(s): Based on the project goals, define what you intend to
measure (e.g. the water temperature in a motor vehicle). Include a description of the operating range (and any other properties) of your defined measurement (e.g. the temperature range of interest – 0oC to 100oC – why this range? – justify your reasons for choosing these).
•Input Sensor(s): How do you intend to measure the chosen measurand – state the sensor type (e.g. a thermistor). If you know the make and model of the sensor, include this. Give a brief explanation of how this sensor works, and any limitations, advantages and disadvantages, etc and how these may affect your measurement system performance. What will the form of the input signal be (e.g.digital or analogue)?
• DAQ Card Properties: You will need to feed the energy signal from the sensor into your data acquisition (DAQ) card. What are the relevant specifications of the DAQ card (e.g. input voltage range, resolution, etc) and how do they affect your measurement system design.
• Software: If you use a DAQ Card, then describe the control software and what you need to include in the software to achieve your stated goals. You should map out a plan of the functions you want the software to perform. This can be a flow diagram.
• Control/Actuator Element: What is your proposed output response or control element – that is, what actuators do you intend to use and what do you intend to control. This must relate to the input measurand. How will this be achieved? What will the form of the DAQ output be (digital, analogue, etc). How does the actuator work, etc?