Vibration, Hall Effect, & Light Intensity

In this lab, students will implement vibration, distance, and light intensity measurements using three different sensors. Additionally, they will implement their own measurement system to solve a measurement problem using the sensors and tools they’ve learned about.
by Enable Education


This is lab 15 of 17 in the course, Measurements and Instrumentation.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Use a piezo film vibration sensor to measure vibration
  2. Use a Hall Effect sensor to measure a magnetic field
  3. Use a phototransistor to measure light intensity
  4. Analyze vibration data in the frequency domain and design a filter to pass the desired frequencies
  5. Curve fit and calibrate hall effect and phototransistor data based on a measured distance
  6. Design and implment a measurement system to solve a measurement challenge around distance


  • Basic proficiency using LabVIEW
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

Automated Measurements Board for NI ELVIS III

An application board for NI ELVIS III that provides students with a experimental platform for understanding and designing a signal chain for sensor integration.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

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