Experimental Measurements of Systems

(Spring 2006)


Course Information

Instructor:       Liu, Cheng-Hsien 
            Office:                          Room 517, Engineering Building #1
            Phone:                          (03) 5715131 ext.3706
            Office hours:                 by appt.

TA:                  Wen-Yu Chang  
            Office hours:                by appt.

Jer-Wei Chang   
            Office hours:                 by appt.

Kou-Chuan Haung
            Office hours:               
by appt.

Ko-Wei Hsu     
            Office hours:                 by appt.


Lectures:      Time                     Thursday 10:10am-12:00am
                        Location                Room 216, Engineering Building #1

Lab.:           Time                     Monday 2:10pm-5:00pm
                        Location                Room 320, Engineering Building #1

Course Web site:   

(class web with PME3304_02 to find class notes/Lab. notes/Lab. tour powerpoint file and your lab. report on-line submission


Course Objectives

The Goal of the course is to provide Undergraduate Mechanical Engineers with practical and working knowledge of modern sensing technology.  The course offers an overview of the basic sensing technology covering Strain and Stress, Pressure, Fluid Flow, Temperature, Motion, Force, and signal analysis; and includes a series of laboratory exercises.  Eight laboratories take place at Room 320, Engineering Building #1.  Final small project is based on team work to and encourages students to develop their innovative idea as well as gain a better feel for how things really work.  At the end of the course, I hope students will understand how many sensing techniques work, what issues limit the use of sensors for measurements, and how to select sensors for specific applications.


General Info

    • Textbook:
      • Figliola and Beasley, Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements, 3rd ed., 2000, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
      • class notes
    • Recommended References

-Beckwith, Marangoni, Lienhard, Mechanical Measurement, 5th ed., 1993, Addision-Wesley, Co.

-Bentley, Principles of Measurement Systems, 3rd ed., 1995, Longman Scientific & Technical.

-Doebelin, Measurement Systems: Application and Design, 4th ed., 1990, McGraw-Hill, Inc..

    • Grading
      • Midterm:  30%~35%
      • Lab. Reports: 30%~35%
      • Final Projects :  30%
      • Class attendance, quiz and discussion: 0%~10%


Course Contents


1. Introduction and Overview

2. Strain and Stress: Measurement and Analysis

3. Measurement of Pressure

4. Measurement of Fluid Flow

5. Measurement of Temperature

6. Measurement of Motion

7. Experiment Starts

8. Measurement of Force

9. Signal Analysis




Last updated: Jan. 16, 2006 by Cheng-Hsien Liu