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Sensors and intrumentation - 4AMEE479

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 12.0
    • Tutorials : 13.5
    • Laboratory works : -
    • Projects : -
    • Internship : -
    • Written tests : -
    ECTS : 1.5
  • Officials : Guy DEHAY


Being able to implement industrial sensors. Being able to estimate the orders of magnitude of the different quantities encountered in the implementation of a sensor. To know the basic physical principles used to transform a physical quantity into an electrical signal and to be able to choose the most suitable sensor in a given situation. Being able to connect a sensor to an electronic circuit while preserving the quality of the signal. Being able to implement the most suitable electronics for passive sensors that minimizes perturbations.


  1. Introduction
    1. Definition of a sensor
    2. Economical importance of sensors
    3. Classification of quantities to measures
    4. Bibliography
  2. General Common Notions of Sensors
    1. Response of a sensor
    2. Definitions
    3. Static Characteristics
    4. Sensor's errors
    5. Calibration
    6. Dynamic Characteristics
    7. Signal Conditioning
    8. Signal transmission
    9. Noises
  3. Temperature and flow sensors
    1. Temperature Scales
    2. Time Response
    3. Metallic resistors
    4. Thermocouples
    5. Diodes and integrated circuits
    6. Vibrating quartz
    7. Pyrometers
    8. Flux Sensors
  4. Position sensors and displacement
    1. Potentiometer
    2. Inductive Sensors
    3. Capacitive Sensors
    4. Optical Encoders
    5. Optical Triangulation sensors
    6. Optical Sensors
    7. Time of Flight Sensors
    8. Magnetic Field based Displacements Sensors
    9. Inertial Sensors: accelerometer and gyroscope
  5. Various sensors
    1. Hall Effect Sensors
    2. Strain Gauges
    3. Pressure and Vacuum Sensors
    4. Humidity Sensors
    5. Flow Sensors


Basic knowledge of analog electronics and semiconductors.
Knowledge of electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetism, waves and optics.


  1. Exams:
    1. E1 (Mid-term Exam): 30 min without documentation and without a calculator
    2. E2 (Final Exam): 1.5 hour with documentation and calculator
  2. DM (Homework): graded activity
  3. TP (Practical Work): graded activity
  1. ER (Re-sit Exam): new grade replaces all previous ones


The course exists in the following branches:

see the course schedule for 2022-2023

Additional Information

Course ID : 4AMEE479
Course language(s): FR

The course is attached to the following structures:

You can find this course among all other courses.


  • Asch, G. et al. "Les capteurs en instrumentation industrielle", 5ème édition, Dunod, 1998.
  • Fraden, J. "Handbook of Modern Sensors, Physics, Designs, and Applications", 2ème édition, Springer, 1996.
  • Tran Tien Lang / Masson
    • Electronique des systèmes de mesures
    • Electronique analogique des circuits intégrés

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Date of update June 25, 2015

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