Course: Experimental Methods

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Course title Experimental Methods
Course code KEZ/TM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Vít Tomáš, prof. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Dančová Petra, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Novosád Jan, Ing.
  • Hujer Jan, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Teaching is divided into the following thematic areas: 1. Introduction to technical measurements, system of measures and weights, ethics of experimental work and evaluation of results. Preparation of the experiment, basic scheme of the experiment, basic procedures for evaluation and presentation of the results of the experiment, risk management plan of the experiments. 2. Error and uncertainty, the procedure for evaluating the measurement uncertainty, the basics of the statistical approach to the evaluation of results. 3. Basic components of measuring chain, sensor (probe), amplifier, filters and their use for signal analysis, A / D converter, processing of digital data. 4. Use of analogy and similarity in experiments, comparison of experimental results with theory and expectations. 5. Zero, first and second order measuring systems, amplifier, attenuation, time constant, own frequency of the measuring system, response speed of the measuring system. 6. Basics of optical measuring methods, interferometry, holographic interferometry, accurate measurement of shape and deformation. 7. Basic procedures for temperature measurement, dilation thermometers, resistance thermometers, thermocouples, non-contact temperature measurement. 8. Basic procedures for measuring pressure and stress, overpressure, underpressure, atmospheric pressure, absolute pressure, strain gauges. Measurement of low pressures (vacuum gauges), measurement of rapid pressure changes, main problems with pressure measurement. 9. Measurement of flow and flow velocity. Basic methods, orifice plates and nozzles, anemometers, flow meters, optical methods for measuring flow velocity. 10. Measurement of basic thermodynamic properties of substances, measurement of density, viscosity, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, combustion heat and calorific value.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Laboratory work
  • Class attendance - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide systematic knowledge of experimental and measuring techniques in engineering as well as in research and development.
The student will get acquainted with common and advanced measuring techniques and tools used in engineering experiments.
The course assumes basic knowledge of physics. No previous experience with technical measurements is required.

Assessment methods and criteria
Presentation of group work, Test

Credit: elaboration of a project on a given topic, elaboration of a report and its defense. Test of knowledge from the subject.
Recommended literature
  • Dvořák, V., Šulc, J., Urbášek, J.:. Technická měření - Návody na cvičení. Liberec, 2005.
  • Jenčík, J., Volf, J. Technická měření. ČVUT Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-01-02138-6.
  • John G. Webster and Halit Eren. Measurement. CRC Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4398-4888-3.
  • Webster G., Eren H. Measurement, instrumentation, and sensors handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4398-4891-3.

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