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Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers

Second Edition

John Essick

Publication Date - June 2012

ISBN: 9780199925155

624 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $34.95

Description

Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers, Second Edition, provides a "learn-by-doing" approach to acquiring the computer-based skills used in daily experimental work in engineering and the sciences. Ideal as an instructional lab textbook or for self-study by individual researchers, this book is not a manual-like
presentation of LabVIEW, but rather leads its readers to mastery of this powerful laboratory tool through the process of carrying out interesting and relevant projects. Readers--who are assumed to have no prior computer programming or LabVIEW background--will begin writing meaningful programs within the first few pages. Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW is designed for flexible use so that readers can easily choose the desired depth of coverage.

New to the Second Edition

* All chapters fully updated to the latest version of LabVIEW and commonly used low-cost data acquisition devices
* Full-color reference card of LabVIEW programming icons
* "Quick Example" sections at the chapter beginnings give concise introductions to the MathScript Node, Shift Register, and Case Structure
* Coverage of USB control of stand-alone instrumentation
* Solutions to even-numbered back-of-the-chapter problems available on the companion website

About the Author(s)

John Essick is a professor at Reed College with research interests in the optoelectronic properties of semiconductors. Since 1993, he has taught engineering and physics students how to perform computer-based experimentation using LabVIEW as part of Reed's Advanced Laboratory course.

Previous Publication Date(s)

June 2012
November 2008

Reviews

"[This book] is written in a manner that helps the beginning LabVIEW programmer understand how to get started and also has a great presentation of more advanced concepts for experienced users."--David L. Roach, Mott Community College

Table of Contents

    Each chapter ends with "Do It Yourself" features and Problems.
    1. THE WHILE LOOP AND WAVEFORM CHART
    1.1 LabVIEW Programming Environment
    1.2 Sine-Wave Plot using a While Loop and Waveform Chart
    1.3 Block Diagram Editing
    1.4 LabVIEW Help Window
    1.5 Front Panel Editing
    1.6 Pop-Up Menu
    1.7 Finishing the Program
    1.8 Program Execution
    1.9 Program Improvements
    1.10 Date-Type Representations
    1.11 Automatic Creation Feature
    1.12 Program Storage
    2. THE FOR LOOP AND WAVEFORM GRAPH
    2.1 For Loop Basics
    2.2 Sine-Wave Plot using a For Loop and Waveform Graph
    2.3 Waveform Graph
    2.4 Owned and Free Labels
    2.5 Creation of Sine Wave using a For Loop
    2.6 Cloning Block-Diagram Icons
    2.7 Auto-Indexing Feature
    2.8 Running the VI
    2.9 x-Axis Calibration of the Waveform Graph
    2.10 Sine-Wave Plot using a While Loop and Waveform Graph
    2.11 Array Indicators and the Probe Watch Window
    3. THE MATHSCRIPT NODE AND XY GRAPH
    3.1 MathScript Node Basics
    3.2 Quick MathScript Node Example: Sine-Wave Plot
    3.3 Debugging with Error List
    3.4 Waveform Simulator using a MathScript Node and XY Graph
    3.5 Creating an xy Cluster
    3.6 Running the VI
    3.7 MathScript Interactive Window
    3.8 Adding Shape Options to Waveform Simulator
    3.9 The Enumerated Type Control
    3.10 Finishing the Block Diagram
    3.11 Running the VI
    3.12 Control and Indicator Clusters
    3.13 Creating an Icon using the Icon Editor
    3.14 Icon Design
    3.15 Connector Assignment
    4. DATA ACQUISITION USING DAQ ASSISTANT
    4.1 Data Acquisition VIs
    4.2 Data Acquisition Hardware
    4.3 Analog Input Modes
    4.4 Range and Resolution
    4.5 Sampling Frequency and the Aliasing Effect
    4.6 Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)
    4.7 Simple Analog Input Operation on a DC Voltage
    4.8 Digital Oscilloscope
    4.9 Analog Output
    4.10 DC Voltage Source
    4.11 Software-Timed Sine-Wave Generator
    4.12 Hardware-Timed Waveform Generator
    4.13 Placing a Custom-Made VI on a Block Diagram
    4.14 Completing and Executing Waveform Generator (Express)
    4.15 Modified Waveform Generator
    5. DATA FILES AND CHARACTER STRINGS
    5.1 ASCII Text and Binary Data Files
    5.2 Storing Data in a Spreadsheet-Formatted File
    5.3 Storing a One-Dimensional Data Array
    5.4 Transpose Option
    5.5 Storing a Two-Dimensional Data Array
    5.6 Controlling the Format of Stored Data
    5.7 The Path Constant and Platform Portability
    5.8 Fundamental File I/O VIs
    5.9 Adding Text Labels to a Spreadsheet File
    5.10 Blackslash Codes
    6. SHIFT REGISTERS
    6.1 Shift Register Basics
    6.2 Quick Shift Register Example: Integer Sum
    6.3 Numerical Integration and Differentiation using Shift Registers
    6.4 Power Function Simulator VI
    6.5 Numerical Integration via the Trapezoidal Rule
    6.6 Trapezoidal Rule VI using Single Shift Register
    6.7 Convergence Property of the Trapezoidal Rule
    6.8 Numerical Differentiation using a Multiple Shift Registers
    6.9 Modularity and Automatic SubVI Creation
    7. THE CASE STRUCTURE
    7.1 Case Structure Basics
    7.2 Quick Case Structure Example: Runtime Options using Property Nodes
    7.3 Numerical Integration using Case Structures
    7.4 Numerical Integration via Simpson's Rule
    7.5 Parity Determiner using a Boolean Case Structure
    7.6 Summation of Partial Sums using a Numeric Case Structure
    7.7 Trapezoidal Rule Contribution using a Boolean Case Structure
    7.8 Top-Level Simpson's Rule VI
    7.9 Comparison of the Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson's Rule
    8. DATA DEPENDENCY AND THE SEQUENCE STRUCTURE
    8.1 Data Dependency and Sequence Structure Basics
    8.2 Event Timer using a Sequence Structure
    8.3 Event Timer using Data Dependency
    8.4 Highlight Execution
    9. ANALYSIS VIS: CURVE FITTING
    9.1 Thermistor Resistance-Temperature Data File
    9.2 Temperature Measurement using Thermistors
    9.3 The Linear Least-Squares Method
    9.4 Inputting Data to a VI using a Front-Panel Control
    9.5 Inputting Data to a VI by Reading from a Disk File
    9.6 Slicing Up a Multi-Dimensional Array
    9.7 Curve Fitting using the Linear Least-Squares Method
    9.8 Residual Plot
    10. ANALYSIS VIs-FAST FOURIER TRANSFORM
    10.1 The Fourier Transform
    10.2 Discrete Sampling and the Nyquist Frequency
    10.3 The Discrete Fourier Transform
    10.4 The Fast Fourier Transform
    10.5 Frequency Calculator VI
    10.6 FFT of Sinusoids
    10.7 Applying the FFT to Various Sinusoidal Inputs
    10.8 Magnitude of the Complex-Amplitude
    10.9 Observing Leakage
    10.10 Analytic Description of Leakage
    10.11 Description of Leakage Using the Convolution Theorem
    10.12 Windowing
    10.13 Estimating Frequency and Amplitude
    10.14 Aliasing
    11. DATA ACQUISITION AND GENERATION USING DAQmx VIs
    11.1 DAQmx VIs
    11.2 Simple Analog Input Operation on a DC Voltage
    11.3 Digital Oscilloscope
    11.4 Express VI Automatic Code Generation
    11.5 Limitation of Express VIs
    11.6 Improving Digital Oscilloscope using State Machine Architecture
    11.7 Analog Output Operations
    11.8 Waveform Generator
    12. PID TEMPERATURE CONTROL PROJECT
    12.1 Voltage-Controlled Bidirectional Current Driver for Thermoelectric Device 491
    12.2 PID Temperature Control Algorithm 492
    12.3 PID Temperature Control System
    13. CONTROL OF STAND-ALONE INSTRUMENTS
    13.1 Instrument Control using VISA VIs
    13.2 The VISA Session
    13.3 The IEEE 488.2 Standard
    13.4 Common Commands
    13.5 Status Reporting
    13.6 Device-Specific Commands
    13.7 Specific Hardware used in this Chapter
    13.8 Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)
    13.9 Simple VISA-Based Query Operation
    13.10 Message Termination
    13.11 Getting and Setting Communication Properties using a Property Node
    13.12 Performing a Measurement over the Interface Bus
    13.13 Synchronization Methods
    13.14 Measurement VI Based on the Serial Poll Method
    13.15 Measurement VI Based on the Service Request Method
    13.16 Creating an Instrument Driver
    13.17 Using the Instrument Driver to Write an Application Program
    APPENDIX I: CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM
    APPENDIX II: PROGRAM CROSS REFERENCE TABLE
    Index

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