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Instrumentation Projects

Code: PRODEF036     Acronym: PI

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Electrical and Computer Engineering

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Engineering Physics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PRODEF 0 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 6 28 162

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 0,70
Tutorial Supervision: 1,30

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


1. Identify current trends in advanced instrumentation.

2. Describe the scope of development and applications of instrumentation projects (IP) to: a) the industry; b) research organizations; c) large international infrastructures.

3. Understand and be able to contribute to the development stages of an IP: a) conceptual design; b) preliminary and final designs; c) assembly, integration, and testing; d) operation.

4. Develop an overall view of IP, including a) objectives; b) specifications; c) operation, calibration, and maintenance; d) system architecture and design, including subsystems and instrument "error budget"; e) interfaces; f) architecture of optical, mechanical, electronic, and computational systems; g) data analysis, including extraction algorithms and quality control ; h) safety analysis and risk assessment; i) management plan, time planning, budget planning, product trees e traceability matrices.
5. Explain the rationale of a PI subsystem.

Learning outcomes and competences

Learning outcomes of this course unit are intended for the student to be able to describe development contexts and applications of instrumentation projects (IP), contribute to the stages of development of an IP, develop the different components of an IP in a way. and explain the 'rational' of a subsystem of an IP.

Working method



The syllabus is divided in five blocks:

1. Instrumentation seminars: a) virtual instruments; b) new transductors and intelligent transductors; c) realtime processing; d) bidirectional telemetry; e) transductor networks.

2. Systems engineering for instrumentation projects; a) Generic lifecycle stages; b) technical processes; c) project processes; d) enterprise and agreement processes; e) systems engineering process activities; f) system engineering support activities. This block essentially follows INCOSE v3.0.

3. Instrumentation projects in international organizations of research infrastructures: a) CERN; b) ESA; C) ESO; d) ESRF; ITER.

4. Procurement practices in international organizations of research infrastructures.

5. Instrumentation topics (specific to each student’s project).

Mandatory literature

Benjamin S. Blanchard; Systems engineering and analysis. ISBN: 0-13-186977-9
David D. Walden; Systems engineering handbook. ISBN: 978-1-118-99940-0

Complementary Bibliography

Peter Fortescue; Spacecraft systems engineering. ISBN: 0-471-95220-6

Teaching methods and learning activities

Items 1 and 2: to be delivered in seminar classes by the UC’s teaching staff.
Items 3 and 4: to be delivered in seminar classes by invited speakers from the international organizations and the FCT’s (Foundation for Science and Technology) Industrial Liaison Officer. In special cases, like ITER, visits to the Lisbon-based
IPFN (Institute for Plasma Research and Nuclear Fusion) will take place within FEUP-IST agreement.
Item 5 to be individually delivered in tutorial guidance sessions within the scope of each student’s project.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 50,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 76,00
Frequência das aulas 10,00
Trabalho laboratorial 76,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Does not aplly

Calculation formula of final grade

Acessment: CF=0.5*RI+0.5*AF
CF - Final Standings
IR - Individual Project Report 50%
AF - Oral presentation individual project 50%
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