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Seismic Octave Programming for Analog/Digital Converters. Michael W. Siekman Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Capstone Design Project 2007 Advisor: James Hedrick. The Project. Investigate analog/digital data acquisition (A/D DAQ) in the open source software environment

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seismic octave programming for analog digital converters

Seismic Octave Programming for Analog/Digital Converters

Michael W. Siekman

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Senior Capstone Design Project 2007

Advisor: James Hedrick

the project
The Project
  • Investigate analog/digital data acquisition (A/D DAQ) in the open source software environment
  • Acquire and display analog input
  • Implement as a simple seismograph
block diagram
Block Diagram

Seismic Activity





A/D Converter


Computer and Software







the setup
The Setup
  • Analog to Digital Conversion (A/D)
    • Manipulation
    • Display
    • Necessary in everyday engineering life!
  • Used extensively in PCs
  • Variety of on-board card options
the problem
The Problem
    • Numerical Computing and Programming
    • Powerful Engineering and A/D processing tool
    • $$$
the solution
The Solution

GNU Octave

  • Open Source (GNU Project)
  • Uses Linux OS (FC5)
  • Same method, different package
  • Shell, DIY
  • GNU Supporters around the world
the plan
The Plan
  • A/D Converter
    • Measurement Computing PCI-DAS6035
    • PCI card with Input Board
    • 16-bit resolution
    • Sampling rate of 200kS/s (200kHz)
    • Selectable input voltage range of +/- 10V, 5V, 500mV, or 50mV
the plan1
The Plan
  • Seismometer
  • PMD Scientific PMD103m
    • Receives seismic activity
    • Output voltage represents force
    • Output connected to A/D converter
    • Signal Conditioning
      • Between voltage output to A/D input board
      • Terminal board
the plan2
The Plan
  • Output Specifications
    • 3D output (X,Y,Z)
    • Output voltage swing
      • +/- 10V Single Ended
      • +/- 20V differential
        • +/- 5V is typical
    • Bandwidth range is 0.033 – 50 Hz
      • Sampling rate of A/D allows this w/o aliasing
    • Require 9-13V Power
the plan3
The Plan
  • Seismometer to A/D Board
    • Output of seismometer will not reach +/- 10V swing
    • Fs = 2Fmax
      • Fs > 2 (50Hz)
      • Fs > 100 Hz
    • 16-bit resolution is more than enough
    • 12V power source for Seismometer
the plan4
The Plan
  • Comedi (COntrol and MEasurement Interface)
    • DAQ drivers for Linux
    • Needed to modify in order to compile correctly
    • Previous work in FC3
  • Fedora Core 5
    • Redhat Project variant
    • Custom kernel files
    • Workarounds
the plan5
The Plan
  • Within Octave:
    • Programming similar to MATLAB
    • Develop functions or programs
      • Interface with A/D drivers
        • Done outside of Octave
      • Receive A/D signal
        • Receive 100 samples from signal
      • Process A/D signal
        • Read voltages
      • Display
    • Seismometer data plots as seismograph
the implementation
The Implementation
  • System Components
    • Hardware
      • Seismometer
      • Terminal Board
      • Input Board
      • A/D Converter
    • Software
      • A/D Converter Drivers
      • DAQ Program
      • Octave Program
the implementation1
The Implementation
  • Hardware
    • Layout of seismometer output
    • Connect to terminal board including power
    • +/- X value into input board
  • A/D Converter
    • 200 kHz sampling rate covers seismometer bandwidth (50 Hz max), using 1 kHz
    • +/- 10V selected in differential mode
the implementation2
The Implementation
  • Software
    • Linux preparation
      • Problems with kernel source and headers being correct
    • Comedi Installation
      • Compiled and installed Comedi drivers/library
      • Modification of Comedi configuration and drivers
      • Insertion/configuration of driver (cb_pcidas64) into kernel
    • DAQ program
      • printdata
        • Written in C with C and Comedi libraries
        • Accesses driver, retrieves a signal and samples it (100 samples), and prints voltages to screen
the implementation3
The Implementation
  • Software (cont)
    • Octave program getwave.m
      • Accesses printdata output
      • Data is then formatted
      • Displayed
    • Replicates a static sample of seismograph
the results
The Results
  • Results
    • Kernel was configured properly for Comedi
    • Comedi application and libraries successfully installed to be compatible with FC5
    • A/D converter driver successfully inserted as module into kernel
    • Testing drivers and printdata DAQ program
      • C battery input reads properly as DC at around 1.5v
      • Function generator input reads as proper wave (tested at both arbitrary sine and square wave)
    • printdata receives a signal from the seismometer and prints it properly
the results1
The Results
  • Testing Octave program getwave.m
    • Properly receives data from printdata and displays its output data correctly
      • 1.5V C battery shows as DC signal at @ 1.5v
      • Function generator can show proper sine wave and square wave
    • Seismometer input is displayed
the results2
The Results
  • Still to be done
    • Extend period over which 100 samples are taken, lower the sampling rate
    • Need to verify that seismic action is being properly read by DAQ software and Octave
    • Try dynamically linking printdata program to Octave
      • Requires translating to C++ and inclusion of Octave library code
      • System can support DL
    • User’s Manual
      • So others don’t have to go through the things that I did
the future
The Future
  • Future work that can be done:
    • Read all planes of seismometer output
    • Dynamically linking DAQ program to Octave
    • Creating a continuous stream of seismic data from the A/D board and displaying it as a real time seismograph
      • Use Comedi functions to provide streaming analog input
the payoff
The Payoff
  • Multiple applications
  • Modular functions and programs
  • Access to powerful A/D tools without the heavy price


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