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Measurement Systems and Metrology

Metrology is the science of measurement. It has application on all disciplines and everyday life. Scientific and industrial measurement deals with more accurate measurement, which is required to be done to understand the conformity of a part or effectiveness of a drug for instance. This module covers the base science and base technologies for the key measurement units and their derivatives, within the industrial application scale. More specific focus is given to dimensional measurement which is associated with measurement of length and angle in its simplest form to complex freeform features with tight tolerances.

Module aims

  • This module aims to apply geometric principles in the design or optimisation of the manufacturing process and directly relate these activities to the needs of the end user.
  • Examples of measurement systems will be taken from various sectors including aerospace, automotive and rail.
  • The module provides value to an Engineering Business across all departments including Research & Development, Product Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing and Supplier Improvement Teams.

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understanding the vocabulary of metrology, SI units, and their common derivatives.
  • Understand the role of National Measurement Institutions, and other related national and international bodies.
  • Understanding the core role and principles of metrology.
  • Understand the importance of standards, calibration, and traceability.
  • Understand the importance of measurement.
  • Familiarity with the base science for metrology.
  • Familiarity with base metrology technologies.
  • Understand the uncertainty inherent in measurement, and how this relates to overall process variation in a complex manufacturing environment.
  • Having basic level skill in developing a measurement system for bespoke application.
  • Understating measurement data processing techniques.
  • Having hands on basic experience with analogue and digital sensors and data acquisition systems.
  • Basic level skills in the uses of a range of dimensional measuring instruments in relation to a product.
  • Understand the importance of measurement strategies for suitability in a complex manufacturing environment.