Sensors and Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)

Curt D. Peterson, Ben Perkins, and Kenneth M. Cruikshank

This is an undergraduate teaching laboratory that houses sensors that are used in a variety of courses. Equipment consistes of a collection of Vernier(R) sensors and data loggers, Hobo(R) data loggers, BASICStamp microcontroller sensor kits, and miscellaneous sensors and data loggers.

Funding for the equipment came from Student Lab Fees and a technology grant from PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University Studies Program

Equipment List

Large Setups

  • Flume (See photos here)
  • Terrarium for environmental monitoring (See photos here)
  • Stream table
  • Mountin Glacier model (using flubber as a surrogate for ice)
Vernier Equipment
  • 1 Low G accelerometer
  • 6 Temperature Probes (Vernier Interface)
  • 4 Temperature Probes (USB interface)
  • 1 Long-Cable Temperature Probe
  • 6 Turbidity Sensors
  • 4 Motion Dectectors (Vernier Interface)
  • 2 Motion Detectors (USB Interface
  • 6 Current Probes
  • 6 Voltage Probes
  • 7 Magnetic Sensors
  • 6 pH Sensors
  • 1 Spectrometer
  • 6 Soil Mosture Probes
  • 2 Flow meters
  • 6 Conductivity probe
  • 7 Light Sensor
  • 6 UVB Sensors
  • 4 GO-Interfaces (converts Vernier Interface to USB interface for sensor use on a PC)
  • 1 Hand Held Heart Rate Monitor
  • 1 Blood Pressure Monitor
  • 1 EKG Monitor
  • 1 Spirometer
  • 1 Oxygen Gas Concentration Monitor
  • 1 Oxidation-Reduction Potential Probe
  • 1 Colorimeter
  • 1 Stream Flow Meter
  • 1 Microphone
  • 1 Gas Pressure Sensor
  • 1 Motion Detector
  • 1 Dual Range Force Sensor
  • 1 Digital Radiation Monitor
  • 11 Labquest Data Collectors

Other Equipment

  • 1 Relative Humidity Sensor (Hobo)
  • 20 Relative Humidity Sensor (Hobo)
  • 10 Environmental Sensor Kits for BASIC Stamp
  • 10 Radio Shack Sensor Kits
  • 2 3-axis Analog Devices Accelrometers
  • National Instruments A/D converters
  • National Instruments LabView
  • DataQ A/D Converter and data logger