Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Engineering Metrology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the students to the science of measurement and to gauging and measurement applications.

Study-unit Content:

- Measurement and gauging. Use and care of various measuring and gauging instruments. Angular and taper measurement.
- Use of sinebar, precision levels, and angle gauges. The principle of the Angle Dekkor and autocollimator. The rotary table and dividing head. Precision polygon.
- Use of telescopic and hole gauges. Flatness, straightness and roundness measurement.
- Design and use of limit gauges and comparators.
- General inspection equipment - The reference surface, surface table and surface plates. Toolmakers’ flat.
- Straight edges. Mean true plane of a surface plate. Right angle and box angle plate. Engineers’ square. Engineers’ parallel. Vee and ‘B’ blocks. Use of calibrated balls, rollers and pins. Taper parallel.
- Use of optics in Engineering Metrology.
- Thread measurement.
- Surface roughness measurements.
- Coordinate measuring machines (CMM).

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the science of engineering measurement.
- To enable the student to learn methods and techniques used in industry to measure and inspect various dimensions.
- To enable the future engineer to suggest and analyse measurement procedures and reports.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the fundamentals of dimensional metrology.
- Explain the principles and applications of various measurement techniques.
- Describe how to use different measuring instruments for different types of measurements.
- Identify the potential sources of error in different measurement techniques.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify and select appropriate techniques to measure different dimensions.
- Use different measuring instruments.
- Prepare procedures to achieve accurate and precise measurements.
- Write, assess and interpret measurement reports.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Curtis, Handbook of Dimensional Measurement ISBN 978-0-8311-0204-3.
- Dotson, Fundamentals of Dimensional Metrology, ISBN 1418020621.
- Shotbolt & Galyer, Metrology for Engineers, ISBN 03043 18442.
- Lissman, Principles of Engineering Production, ISBN 03400 48530.
- Wilkening & Koenders, Nanoscale Calibration Standards and Methods, ISBN 3-527-40502-X.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Ind Online Learning, Lecture, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Paul Refalo (Co-ord.)
Pierre Vella

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