MEEN30040 Measurement & Instrumentation

Academic Year 2021/2022

Introduction to the fundamental principles associated with measurement and instrumentation. General instrument characteristics, calibration, measurement uncertainty, error specification and propogation, transient characteristics.
Analysis of measurement systems to include: Temperature - thermocouples, thermistors, platinum resistance thermometers. Flow - Velocity measurement, pitot tube, hot wire anemometer. Volumetric measurement, obstruction flowmeters, rotometer, flowmeters. Strain. Force & pressure. load Cells, pressure gauges (mechanical and electronic).
Signal conditioning, electrical signals, transducer circuits, signal transportation. Signal processing. Data acquisition sampling, multiplexing, analogue to digital conversion, scaling up.
Graphical data presentation. Data analysis and optimization. Regression analysis, correlation, goodness of fit, model building. Design of experiments and analysis of designed experiments.

Laboratory activities include: (i) Calibration of a loadcell and spring balance, (ii) Error Propogation Analysis, (iii) Signal conditioning and data acquisition and (iv) Design of experiements.

There is no specified course text, but a number of texts are recommended as supplementary reading:

Measurement Systems. Doebelin. 5th Ed. ISBN: 0072990724 (2003).
Experimental Methods for Engineers. Holman. 7th Ed. ISBN:007 3660558 (2001).
Mechanical Measurements. Bechwith. 6th Ed. ISBN: 0201847655 (2006).
Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements. Figliola. 5th Ed. ISBN: 0470547413 (2010).
Principles of Measurement Systems. Bentley. 4th Ed. ISBN: 0130430285 (2005).
Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science. Dunn. 2Ed. ISBN: 1439825688 (2010)

Four laboratory sessions are scheduled: (a) Calibration, (b) Uncertainty Propogation, (c) Data acquisition Systems, (d) Design of Experiments.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject the student will be able to: 1. Appreciate the role and importance of measurement in engineering applications. 2. Distinguish between static and dynamic characteristics of instruments. 3. Calibrate an engineering instrument and specify its bias and precision uncertainties. 4. Combine individual instrument uncertainties in multi-instrumented experiments. 5. Explain the engineering principles that underpin specific measurement instrumentation. 6. Apply data acquisition concepts thereby automating the process of measurement.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, laboratories, class test. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

A basic knowledge of (i) statistical methods and (ii) electrical concepts are neccessary.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
EEEN30180 - Bioinstrumentation

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Lab Report: Laboratory Activities Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment #2 (Scheduled for Week 10) Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Module examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment #1 (Scheduled for Week 5) Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Pezhman Ghadimi Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Brian Mulkeen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Jing Lyu Tutor
Gang Shen Tutor
Divyanshu Sood Tutor
Mr Cian Warby Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Wed 15:00 - 17:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Wed 15:00 - 17:50
Practical Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Practical Offering 4 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Tues 15:00 - 17:50