Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering


Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.


Soltis, J. J.,




The Aluminum manufacturing represents a major segment of the today Industries. The body of the engines is manufactured using Aluminum Alloy. The Thermal Analysis involves the measurement of temperature and time in order to produce cooling curves to describe the properties of a specific test sample. The cooling curves are the meaning to establish the proper composition of the Alloy. The Data Acquisition System represents the meaning with which the analysis is performed. On the marketplace already exist many Data Acquisition Systems dedicated for this task. One of them is currently used in the Aluminum Alloy Analysis Research at the University of Windsor. This is a National Instrument System special configured to acquire Thermocouple signals. To perform an accurate Data Acquisition the most important criteria is 'Accuracy'. One way to achieve this is to fully understand the entire System involved in this process. Designing a System is the best way to gain this understanding. It was the objective of this Thesis to develop a very less cost system with similar characteristics than the National Instruments System. The Design for this System was performed and all the necessary programming was done to achieve the desired performance. The testing carried out over the system shows positive aspects conform the expectations. In the same time there were observed possible improvements, which will, may increase the performance of the actual prototype. Therefore this project represents a first step. The data accumulated in the time of the design and all the results from the tests performed over the system may constitute the reference for a further development in this direction.Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .C545. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0752. Advisers: J. J. Soltis; J. H. Sokolowsky. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.