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Lecture 4

BIOE 3270 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Human Body Temperature, Thermal Expansion, Step Function

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Biosystems Engineering
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BIOE 3270

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Dynamic Response of Measuring Instruments
A device that converts a signal from one physical form to a corresponding signal having a different physical form
Physical form: mechanical, thermal, magnetic, optical, electrical
Transducers are energy modifiers or converters
Sensor: receives a stimulus and responds
Dynamic Characteristics: The properties of the system transient response to an input.
The dynamic response is typically modeled by a constant coefficient linear differential equation
dt aoy(t)x(t)
I practice, these models are limited to zero, first, and second order
Zero Order Instruments: have an output that is proportional to the input at all times
Static gain of the instrument (measure of its sensitivity)
o Example would be a strain gage where
(output is proportional to the length of the wire.
No delays
The sensor only changes the amplitude of the signal
Unit Step Function:
x(t)=1, t>0
o For a zero order instrument, y(t)=Kx(t) y(t)=0, for
; and y=K for t>0 therefore response of a zero
order instrument to a unit step function with height k, would be K
First Order Instruments: output is given by a non-homogeneous first-order differential equation
dt y(t)y(t)Kx(t)
is called the time constant of the instrument
o The response of a first order instrument to the unit step function
dt y(t)y(t)K
Initial condition y(0)=0
When t=
Second Order Instrument: second order non-homogenous differential equation
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dt y(t)
- constant, damping factor if the instrument
- angular frequency of the instrument
Temperature Measurement
Two necessities for temperature measurement:
o Reference temperature
o Rule for measuring the difference between a certain temperature from the reference point
Temperature Scales:
Fahrenheit: Devised by Gabriel Fahrenheit
o Earliest standard scale
o Wanted to fix human body temperature at 100 degrees + he wanted whole numbers for the
freezing and boiling points
32o F freezing pt. of water
212o F boiling pt. of water
98.6o F human body temperature
Celsius: devised by Andres Celsius
o Set out to fix the boiling point of H2O @ 0o an freezing pt. @ 100(this was later reversed)
o It became popular because if the 100 division
o The unit called ‘centigrade’
o In 1947 the general committee on Weight & Measures ruled that the unit be called ‘Celsius
Kelvin: William Kelvin
o Discovered the principle of energy as it related to the heat of the matter
o This led to the idea of ‘absolute zero’, a temperature below which it is impossible to go since the
matter would have zero energy at this point.
o 1oC difference in temperature = 1 K temperature difference
273.16 K = 0.01oC & 611 Pa (Triple point of water)
o A unique combination of temperature and pressure at which the solid, liquid and vapor phases co-
exist at equilibrium
Four Basic temperature measurement methods:
1. Thermal expansion: e.g. Hg thermometer
2. Thermoelectricity: e.g. thermocouple
3. Resistance: e.g. thermistor
4. Radiation: e.g. pyrometers
Choice of a particular thermometer depends on:
o Accuracy
o Recording requirements
o Control
o Requirements
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