Sensors: The first stage in the measurement chain

Kim R. Fowler, John L. Schmalzel

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Measurements of the weight of liquids, their temperatures, and their flow rates in rocket engine test stands require sensors and the understanding of how to use them. Every application has a unique set of requirements that need to be sorted through to arrive at the best choice of sensor. Some of the issues that need consideration include span or range, full scale output, accuracy, resolution, linearity, threshold, hysteresis, noise, precision, sensitivity, specificity, stability, survivability, and safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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