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PHYS6009 - Instrumentation & Measurement

Title:Instrumentation & Measurement
Long Title:Instrumentation for Measurement and Calibration
Module Code:PHYS6009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Description: This module introduces the learner to the principles of measurement and calibration using a range of instruments. It will include the theory and principles of operation of instrumentation pertaining to process and other industries. The learner will also calibrate a selection of relevant transducers.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the essential measurement & instrument parameters-accuracy, precision,repeatability, sensitivity, resolution, range, hysterisis etc.
LO2 Describe the principles of operation of level, pressure, temperature and flow measurements
LO3 Operate pressure, level, temperature and flow instruments and report on their operation.
LO4 Demonstrate analytical skills in solving numerical problems associated with measurement instruments based on practised methodologies
LO5 Measure, record and evaluate calibration data and identify inherent errors
LO6 Apply analytical skills in solving numerical problems associated with measurement instruments based on practised methodologies
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Measurement, errors and Instrument parameters
General Principles of Measurement. Errors in measurements, accuracy, repeatability, reliability, reproducibility, sensitivity, resolution, range, hysteresis. Sources of error, parallax, random and systematic errors. Calibration and calibration standards. Perfect instrument line.Traceability, certification, validation.
Temperature measurement
Temperature, scales and units. Thermometric properties of thermometers. Metal resistance thermometers, thermistors and thermocouples. Response time of temperature sensors.
Pressure measurement
Definition of Pressure and units. Pressure in a fluid. Absolute, Atmospheric and Gauge pressure. Manometers, Bourdon Gauges. Strain gauge transducers.
Flow measurement
Types of flow meter. Inferential and positive displacement including Pitot static, Orifice plates, venturis and turbine.
Overview of other measurement quantities
Brief description of density, force, strain, load cells and humidity.
Level measuremet
Sight glass, floats, hydrostatic head, purged dip pipe. Resistance guage.
Data acquisition and electronic systems
Overview of computerised data acquisition system. Digital and analog signals. Amplification, conditioning and filters. Analog -to-digital conversion. Computer software processing. Data loggers. Oscilloscopes and meters.
Laboratory practicals
Calibration and characterisation of resistance thermometer and thermistor, variable area flow meter, dip-pipe level measurement, varaible area flowmeter, strain guage pressure transducer, pneumatic dead weight tester, thermometer response time and a selection of others.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Testing theory knowledge 1,2,4 20.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory work/competence 3,4,5 5.0 Sem End
Written Report Laboratory reports 3,4,5 15.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4 60.0 End-of-Semester

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Module content delivery 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lab Laboratory programme 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of module material 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Alan S. Morris 2001, Measurement and Instrumentation Principles, 3rd Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 978-075065081]
  • Ramsay, D. C 1996, Principles of Engineering Instrumentation, 1st Ed., Arnold London [ISBN: 0340645695]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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