Accelerometers: Principles, Structure and Applications


Paulo Sérgio de Brito André, PhD (Editor)
Instituto de Telecomunicações, R. D. Manuel Barbuda Vasconcelos, Aveiro, Portugal

Humberto Varum (Editor)
University of Aveiro, Civil Engineering Department, Aveiro, Portugal

Series: Electrical Engineering Developments, Physics Research and Technology
BISAC: TEC031020

This book presents a comprehensive review of accelerometers focusing on the basic operation principles, structure and applications. The review covers accelerometers research studies performed by authors across the globe in the last decade, including recent research in the development of new accelerometers and their applications in several areas, such as civil engineering and health sciences.

This edited book includes state-of-the-art accelerometers research and technologies for relevant applications. It is organized in eleven chapters describing leading-edge research in a cross-section of fields including: optical sensors development; motion capture; applications of accelerometers in the structural health monitoring of buildings, bridges and other types of structures; characterization of dynamic properties of structures; human body and physiological monitoring; and the role of accelerometers in the measurement of children’s physical activity. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents

Preface pp. i-vii

Chapter 1. Accelerometers: Types and Applications
(Alejandro Santos-Lozano, Pedro J. Marín and Nuria Garatachea, Faculty of Health and Sport Science Department of Physiotherapy and Nursing University of Zaragoza, Spain, and others)pp. 1-26

Chapter 2. Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Based Accelerometers and Applications
(Paulo Antunes, Cátia Leitão, Hugo Rodrigues, Rui Travanca, João L. Pinto, Aníbal Costa, Humberto Varum and Paulo André, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Campus de Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal and others)pp. 27-56

Chapter 3. Motion Capture System Based on the Integration of 3D Accelerometer in a Wireless Inertial Measurement Unit
(Anselmo Frizera, Carlos A. Cifuentes and Teodiano Freire Bastos, Electrical Engineering Department, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil)pp. 57-76

Chapter 4. Identification of Building Dynamic Characteristics by Using the Modal Response Acceleration Time-Histories in the Seismic Excitation and the Wind Dynamic Loading Cases
(Triantafyllos K. Makarios, Earthquake Engineering Division, Institute of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece)pp. 77-114

Chapter 5. Dynamic Measurements as Support to the Analysis and Condition Assessment of Structures
(Hugo Rodrigues, Paulo Antunes, Aníbal Costa and Paulo André, Humberto Varum, Universidade de Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal, and others)pp. 115-134

Chapter 6. Ambient Vibration Measurements for Assessing the Seismic Vulnerability of Bridges
(José M. Jara, Manuel Jara, Guillermo Martínez, Bertha A. Olmos and Rafael Rojas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, México)pp. 135-176

Chapter 7. Methodology and Utilization of Accelerometry in Health Related Research
(Clemens Drenowatz, Ulm University Medical Centre, Division of Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine, Ulm, Germany)pp. 177-204

Chapter 8. Application of Accelerometers in Physiological Monitoring – A Review
(Toshiyo Tamura, Osaka Electro-communication University, Osaka, Japan)pp. 205-214

Chapter 9. Applications of the Accelerometer to The Human Jaw: The Assessment of Movement Smoothness
(Ichiro Minami and Alex Wirianski, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan, and others)pp. 215-244

Chapter 10. Measuring Physical Activity in Children and Youth: Learning from Experience
(Angela M. Kolen-Thompson, Laurie A. Wadsworth, Xu (Sunny) Wang, Christopher M. van Bommel and Carrie A. Terrio, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada, and others)pp. 245-268
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Chapter 11. Practical Insights into the Measurement of Children’s Physical Activity with Accelerometers: Data Visualization and Interpretation
(E.A. Hinckson, L. McGrath, V. Obolonkin and E. Rush, AUT University, National Institute of Public Health and Mental Health Research (Child Health), Auckland, New Zealand)pp. 269-284

Index pp. 285-295

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