Equipment

Lab Equipment

The Srivastava Senior Design Lab has a wide selection of equipment that provides nearly all of the capabilities of the other ECE teaching labs in one place. Although the equipment may not be identical to that found in these other teaching labs, similar functionality is offered. Use the experience of learning new equipment as a way to expand your horizons. If you are using a piece of equipment for the first time, ask a TA for assistance, to make sure you understand how to safely use it. If the available equipment does not meet the needs of your project, talk to the course staff, and we will help you find what you need elsewhere on campus, consider purchasing it for the senior design lab (if it would be used by many groups), or brainstorm alternate ways to solve your problem.

Lab Kits

Each team is provided with at least one lockable storage drawer in the lab as well as a portable lab kit. An additional drawer and/or kit may be issued as need arises and facilities allow.

The lab kit includes a box with carrying handle and contains a wiring board for prototyping circuit projects, a multiple-output power supply, a digital multimeter, and a set of 8 cables (2 bnc/bnc, 2bnc/pin, 2 banana/banana, and 2 banana/pin). This is checked out to you by your TA at the beginning of the semester and must be returned undamaged at the end of the semester. Missing lab kits will result in an encumbrance or withheld diploma and a charge of $500.00, so always be sure to lock your lockers! Also, do not store any cables from the lab in your kit. Doing so will result in a loss of points.

Test Equipment

Most equipment is connected to the PCs via HPIB cables. Below is a sampling of the test equipment available:

Specific setups at the various lab benches can be in the listing at the bottom of this page.

Computers

The lab has PCs with enough processing power for the needs of nearly any senior design project. These machines are networked to a high-capacity laser printer (printing will count against your standard print quota). Each has an Ethernet connection to the campus network, an HPIB interface card connecting it to all of the standard instruments on its bench, and a sound card. The computers are maintained by Engineering IT, located in 3080 ECE Building.

The PCs are presently configured with the software shown here. Their primary uses include:

Test Equipment (Listed by lab bench)

 
Bench: A
Oscilloscope Rohde & Schwarz RTE 1054
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: B
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: C
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: D (Power)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 6004A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
Digital Power Analyzer Valhalla Scientific 2101
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
DC Electronic Load Agilent 6060B
kW Power Supply Sorensen DCS 20-50
 
Bench: E
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
 
Bench: F
Oscilloscope Teledyne LeCroy HDO 4054-MS
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
 
Bench: G (power)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 6004A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
DC Electronic Load Hewlett-Packard 6060B
Current Probe Amplifier Tektronix AM 503
 
Bench: H (RF)
Mixed Domain Oscilloscope Tektronix MDO4054B-3
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
S-Parameter Network Analyzer Hewlett-Packard 8753ES
S-Parameter Test Set Hewlett-Packard 85047A
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard 8657B
 
Bench: I
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: J (RF)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
Network Analyzer Hewlett-Packard 8751A
S-Parameter Test Set Hewlett-Packard 87511A
 
Bench: K
Oscilloscope Teledyne LeCroy HDO 4054-MS
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: L (RF)
Mixed Domain Oscilloscope Tektronix MDO4054B-3
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Vector Signal Analyzer Agilent 89441A
RF Section Hewlett-Packard 89440A
Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard 8657B
Precision LCR Meter Hewlett-Packard 4284A
 
Bench: M
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: N
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: O
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
Communications Receiver AOR AR5000
 
Bench: P
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Jackson Lenz, James McMahon

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Featured Project

Jackson Lenz

James McMahon

Our project is to be a reliable, robust, and intelligent irrigation controller for use in areas where reliable weather prediction, water supply, and power supply are not found.

Upon completion of the project, our device will be able to determine the moisture level of the soil, the water level in a water tank, and the temperature, humidity, insolation, and barometric pressure of the environment. It will perform some processing on the observed environmental factors to determine if rain can be expected soon, Comparing this knowledge to the dampness of the soil and the amount of water in reserves will either trigger a command to begin irrigation or maintain a command to not irrigate the fields. This device will allow farmers to make much more efficient use of precious water and also avoid dehydrating crops to death.

In developing nations, power is also of concern because it is not as readily available as power here in the United States. For that reason, our device will incorporate several amp-hours of energy storage in the form of rechargeable, maintenance-free, lead acid batteries. These batteries will charge while power is available from the grid and discharge when power is no longer available. This will allow for uninterrupted control of irrigation. When power is available from the grid, our device will be powered by the grid. At other times, the batteries will supply the required power.

The project is titled S.I.P. because it will reduce water wasted and will be very power efficient (by extremely conservative estimates, able to run for 70 hours without input from the grid), thus sipping on both power and water.

We welcome all questions and comments regarding our project in its current form.

Thank you all very much for you time and consideration!