basic electricity and electronics for control fundamentals and applications third edition pdf

This text started out many years ago as a lab-based text, one of the first such published by ISA—titled Basic Electrical Measurements and Calibration—in 1978, nearly 28 years ago. Many things in the electrical/ electronics industry have changed since this first edition was published. In the years following publication, digital instrumentation has become affordable, widespread, and has almost totally displaced analog devices in automation.

While analog instruments have not completely disappeared, it is no longer the technology of choice for current automation installations. With the plethora of commercial, affordable, and readily available large-scale integrated circuits, ubiquitious microprocessors, and memory, digital devices have become the low maintenance and easy-touse form of industrial equipment now used in measurement and control.

In order to have any utility in teaching the simple basics of electricity and electronics, it became apparent that the original text would have to be revised wholesale to remain current. While this has been accomplished in this edition, the focus is no longer on calibration, but on learning the basics of electricity and electronics from a behavior-oriented perspective which required a title change to more accurately reflect the book’s contents.

Even the test procedures and generic overviews required updating, in view of the fact that many of the maintenance philosophies, procedures, and test equipment have dramatically changed since that first book was written.

As before, the text is easy, behavior based, and uses repeatable observations. As there is a multitude of equipment that could be used to successfully accomplish lab experiments to reinforce the text, it is left to the reader to select his or her choice based on their reading of the text, availability, and affordability of equipment. A good place to start is the Radio Shack 200 or 500 in 1 kits (the author has no financial stake of any kind in Radio Shack or any of its corporate units).

It was necessary to completely revise a number of chapters and add several more to include a discussion of basic electrics, measurements, reactive devices, analog/digital conversions, and contemporary circuitry. In the end, this became a totally new and different work. Sadly, some material had to be left out due to irrelevance to modern settings. We seldom see Kelvin bridges, let alone AC bridges, and most of us no longer work with resistive attenuators (pads) to match impedances.

As stated before, this is basically a behavior-based text, not a design-oriented or math-based course, and it references equipment and circuitry found in most industrial and commercial facilities. It is intended as a primer for technical and non-technical persons interested in the electronic and
measurement areas. The examples used in the text attempt to approximate “real-life” applications rather than prove a text-based passage. This text is applicable to the vocational, industrial, and
occupational areas.