Personal tools
You are here: Home Academics Courses ME 314 Engineering Measurements

ME 314 Engineering Measurements

Catalog Description

ME 314 Engineering Measurements (3). Prerequisites: Faculty Consent. ME 315 (co-requisite). General consideration of signals and utilization of instruments to measure physical properties of systems. Review and introduction of useful mathematical concepts such as statistical data analysis. Introduction to digital data acquisition.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Dynamics
  2. Fluid mechanics
  3. Thermodynamics


J.P. Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 7th edition, McGraw Hill, 2001.


W.P. Hnat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to give juniors and seniors of Mechanical Engineering the ability to understand and use modern instrumentation for measurement of mechanical, thermal and fluid quantities.

Topics Covered

  1. Fundamentals of measurement (2 classes)
  2. Harmonic analysis and system response (7 classes)
  3. Statistics, uncertainty, experimental plan, and test sequence (6 classes)
  4. Temperature measurement (3 classes)
  5. Wheatstone bridge circuit (3 classes)
  6. Fluid flow measurement (3 classes)
  7. Pressure measurement (3 classes)
  8. Force and torque measurement (4 classes)
  9. Strain gages (4 classes)
  10. Vibration and sound measurement (4 classes)
  11. Digital data acquisition and analysis (3 classes)

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Laboratory Projects


Computer Use

Three projects that require use of a spreadsheet program.


Quizzes: 30%, projects: 20%, midterm exams: 25%, final exam: 25%.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad educational perspective necessary to understand the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by W.P. Hnat, June 2009

Document Actions
Personal tools