Course detail

Sensors of nonelectrical Quantity

FEKT-NSNVAcad. year: 2015/2016

This course provides students with an overview of the principles of modern sensors used, their parameters and construction. It deals with instrumentation, policies and procedures for the measurement of non-electrical quantities. On the real industry experience presents the specifics of these measurements and differences between conventional electrical measurement of electrical quantities. Attention is also paid to the sensors and measurement techniques using optical signals, optical fiber sensors and data collection, processing and evaluation (presentation) of measured results.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to:
- Get a basic, in good engineering practice to use the knowledge and skills of the fiber sensor and optical fiber sensors,
- Discuss basic design concept of the measuring chain,
- To determine the optimal method of measurement,
- Define the measured data,
- Describe the process and evaluate the measured and
- And more.

Course graduate should get basic knowledges and facilities in sensor field and the most commonly measured non-electrical quantities, include measurement concept design and results process and evaluaiton.


Knowledge is required in the Bachelor's degree level (BMFV) and valid examination for qualifying workers for an independent activity (within the meaning of § 6 of the Decree). Graduates who writes the course should be chopen: - Describe different types (types of) sensors, - Explain the modulation used in sensors, - Describe and list the analog and digital sensors and measurement methods, - Explain interference phenomena and the resulting possibilities - Discuss and explain various types of interferometers - Define and design the basic blocks measuring systems, - Can measure basic physical quantities - And discuss application possibilities, if necessary. more. Those interested in the course should be equipped with the knowledge of basic physical and electrical principles.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation laboratory 0 - 40
Written part of exam 0 - 40
Oral part of exam 0 - 20

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Sensor field definition, different quantities description, exploitation in automation, robotics, defectoscopy and next fields. Etalons for different physical quantities, measurement channel, system, static and dynamic physical qüantities. Advatages of non-electrical measurements via electrcal methods. Sensor definition. Basic properties and requirements. Physical sensro principles.
Sensors nad measurements of position and dimensions.
Sensors nad measurements of velocity and acceleration (direct and angle).
Sensors nad measurements of forces, pressure and weight.
Sensors nad measurements of deformation and force moment.
Sensors nad measurements of vibrations, vibration analysis (defectoscopy)
Sensors nad measurements of temperature, warm, thermal flow.
Sensors nad measurements of humidity, level and flow.
Sensors nad measurements of emission (ultrasonic, light and infrared)
Sensors nad measurements of ionizating emission, material composition and living space parameters.
Sensors nad measurements in protection technology (monitoring, objects protection).
Sensors nad measurements of other quantities, special methods and circuits for physical quantities measurements. Fluidik sensors, biosensors and chemical sensors.
Instrumentation basic concepts, construction. Measurement systems for data collecting and acquisition (protocols, buses)


The goal of this course is introduce the students to the basic principles of sensors, their theory, construction and gives them basic information for sensor design, construction and optimal applications. This course also introduces students with basic sensor problem areas (parasitic effects, calibration, diagnostics). The general goal of this course is an engineering knowledge of the sensor informatics.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-MN Master's

    branch MN-KAM , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    branch MN-BEI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary
    branch MN-EEN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary

Type of course unit



39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer