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Vol. 186, Issue 3, March 2015, pp. 55-63




Investigation of Artificial Neural Network Techniques for Thermistor Linearization

* Naveen Kumar Vaegae, Venkata Lakshmi Narayana K.

School of Electronics Engineering, VIT University, Vellore-632014, India
* Tel.: +91 9566560355

E-mail: vegenaveen@vit.ac.in, kvlnarayana@yahoo.co.in


Received: 25 January 2015 /Accepted: 27 February 2015 /Published: 31 March 2015

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: This paper presents the development of an artificial neural network (ANN)-based linearizer for thermistor connected in operational amplifier based inverting amplifier circuit. The op-amp based thermistor signal conditioning circuit exhibits a stable temperature-voltage relation over a temperature range of 0C - 100C with moderate linearity. The transformation technique is used for the analysis and design of the thermistor circuit. An ANN-based direct modeling technique is used for nonlinearity estimation of thermistor circuit to improve the linearity. In this paper, four neural network algorithms Levenberg-Marquardt, Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno, scaled conjugate gradient and extreme learning machine algorithms are used for training and learning of ANN. The merits and de- merits of the algorithms are investigated for thermistor linearization. An embedded unit is used to implement the learning and training of the ANN techniques and the performance of the developed techniques is experimentally verified on a prototype unit. A notable feature of the developed technique is the non-linearity error remains very low over the entire dynamic range of the sensor.


Keywords: Artificial neural network, Multilayer perceptron-direct modeling, Neural network algorithms, Signal conditioning, Thermistor linearization, Transformation technique.


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