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Sensors and Actuators

Sensors and Actuators

This module is part of the course "Intro to Mechatronics" at Lawrence Technological University and was developed through seed funding from the CAAT. This module consists of a PowerPoint presentation and accelerometer LabVIEW lab. Discussed in the PowerPoint are automotive sensors, actuators, and their use in powertrain (energy use, drivability and performance), body (occupant needs), and chassis (vehicle handling and safety). Some of the types of these sensors are rotational (crank or cam position), pressure (EVAP system or MAP), exhaust gas (oxygen sensor), and actuators (air bag inflators, relays, and injectors). Also included is a section on DC and AC motors operation and their automotive applications (traction motor, window motor, and seat motor). The lab will introduce students to developing data acquisition for sensors using National Instruments LabVIEW software. For instructors who would like solutions to the lab, please contact the CAAT.


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