2016 Fundamentals of Precision Measurement

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Hatsuzawa Takeshi  Hara Seiichiro  Tadano Kotaro 
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Course description and aims

Measurement technology not only is essential for quality control of industrial products but also has an important role in research and development.
The aim of this course is to have students learn principles and characteristics of various measurement methods with basic knowledge for precise measurements. This course provides a comprehensive description of SI units and measurement standards, and familiarize students with various measurement techniques for geometry, pressure, temperature and electricity. Furthermore, the analyses and processes of measurement data are introduced.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand measurement standards and metrics.
2) Understand principles and characteristics of various measurement methods or apparatuses. 
3) Learn analyses and processes of measurement data and practice them.


SI units, measurement standards, geometric measurements, pressure, temperature, electricity measurements, data analyses, signal processing

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day as necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, SI units, measurement standards (Hatsuzawa) Understand SI units and measurement standards
Class 2 Errors, precision, uncertainty (Hatsuzawa) Understand errors, precision and uncertainty
Class 3 Measurements of length and angle (Hara) Understand measurement methods and principles for length and angle
Class 4 Measurements of surface property and geometry (Hara) Understand measurement methods and principles for surface property and geometry
Class 5 Measurements of pressures, force and temperature (Tadano) Understand measurement methods and principles for pressures, force and temperature
Class 6 Measurements of electricity (Tadano) Understand measurement methods and priciples for electricity
Class 7 Data analyses and signal processing (Tadano) Understand methods of data analyses and signal processing


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Precise Measurement (1),Yasuo Aoki,Corona Publishing (in Japanese)
Measurement Enginering, Ryosuke Suzuke, et al, Asakura Publishing (in Japanese)
Measurement Systems: Application and Design,Ernest O. Doebelin,Mcgraw-Hill College

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems, final exams and reports.

Related courses

  • MEC.J331 : Fundamentals of Micro and Nano Machining

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