Here are the top four feature articles of 2013. As you'll see, some have been popular for years.
Okay, here are the top four articles for the year. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write and to read the gems that were contributed, whether or not your article made the top 13.
These articles were informative, well written, and in most cases, timeless (even those dealing with beer).
From fourth through first, here they are:
4. The Basics of Torque Measurement
Torque is an important factor in much of the equipment on a factory floor. Measuring torque is often something that's misunderstood, which can lead to over- under-designing of measurement systems. This article addresses the many techniques and tradeoffs involved.
3. DC Motor Drive Basics -- Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V
Review the fundamentals of DC motor drives with this excerpt from the book Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications, which begins with a look at the operation of thyristor-fed DC motor drives.
2. Slideshow: When Engineers Brew Beer
Brewing beer is an ancient tradition -- one that doesn't need to be complex. That doesn't mean we can't make it complex, though.
And, ta da... In first place:
1. A Current Sensing Tutorial -- Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV
Here's a tutorial on current sensing that will provide the fundamentals of current sensing, devices used for current sensing, how to calculate the accuracy of a solution, and guidelines for printed circuit board (PCB) layout and troubleshooting