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Mechanical Measurement

Presentation Prepared by
Prof. Naman M. Dave
Assistant Prof. (Mechanical Dept.)
Gandhinagar Institute of Technology
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Measurement and Metrology
 Science of measurement

 Depending on field of application

 Today (in broader sense) with some

practical terms
 Practical terms related with
o Errors in measurements
o Methods of measurements
o Measuring Instruments
o Units of measurement and their standards
o Industrial inspection and its different
o Measuring instruments and accuracy
Needs of Measurement and
 To ensure that the part to be measured conforms
to the established standard.
 To meet the interchangeability of manufacture.
 To provide customer satisfaction by ensuring that
no faulty product reaches the customers.
 To coordinate the functions of quality control,
production, procurement & other departments of
the organization.
 To judge the possibility of making some of the
defective parts acceptable after minor repairs.
Objectives of Measurement and
 Although the basic objective of a measurement is to
provide the required accuracy at a minimum cost,
metrology has further objectives in a modem engineering
plant with different shapes which are:
 To minimize the cost of inspection by efficient and
effective use of available facilities,
 To minimize the cost of rejection and re-work through
application of statistical quality control techniques.
 To maintain the accuracies of measurement.
 To determine the process capabilities and ensure that
these are better than relevant component tolerances.
 To do complete evaluation of newly developed products.
Modes of Measurement
 Based upon the number of conversions, three
basic categories of measurements have been

 They are;
1. Primary measurement
2. Secondary measurement
3. Tertiary measurement
Modes of Measurement
1. Primary measurement
 Direct observation and comparison
 Not involvement of any conversion

Ex. Length, Height, Depth or Width etc. measurement.

Modes of Measurement
2. Secondary measurement
 >Indirect method >Involvement of one conversion
 Ex. Pressure or Temperature measurement

3. Tertiary measurement
 >Indirect method >Involvement of 2 conversion
 Ex. Measurement of rotating shaft
Methods of Measurement
Methods of Measurement
Type of Method Technique to measure
With contact Instrument is placed in contact
with the object. For ex. vernier
Without contact Instrument not placed in contact
with the object. (use of sensor)
Absolute or Based on the measurements of
Fundamental base quantities entering into the
definition of the quantity.
Methods of Measurement
Type of Method Technique to measure
Comparative Based on the comparison of the
value of a quantity to be
measured with a known value of
the same quantity.
Null measurement Here, difference between
measurand value and known
value of same quantity with
which it is compared is brought to
Methods of Measurement
Type of Method Technique to measure
Substitutional Method Quantity to be measured is
replaced by a known value of the same
quantity, so selected that the effects
produced in the
indicating device by these two values
are the same (a type of direct

Complementary Method The value of quantity to be measured is

combined with known value of the same
Ex: Volume determination by liquid
Methods of Measurement
Type of Method Technique to measure
Transposition Value of quantity measured is
Quantity to be measured first balanced by an initial known
is first balanced by a value A of same quantity, then
known value and then
balanced by an other
measured by quantity is put in
new known value. place of this known value. Then,
it is balanced again by another
value B. If the position of
element in equilibrium.
Methods of Measurement
Type of Method Technique to measure
Coincidence Measurements coincide with
certain lines and signals. Ex.

Deflection The value of the quantity to be

measured is directly indicated by
the deflection of a pointer on a
calibrated scale
Generalized Measurement System
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
1. Primary sensing element
 Quantity under measurement makes its first
contact with primary sensing element.
 Sense the condition, state or value of the process
variable by extracting a small part of energy
from the measurand,
 and then produce an output which reflects this
condition, state or value of measurand.
Generalized Measurement System
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
2. Variable conversion (transducer) element
 Convert one physical form into another form without
changing the information content of the signal.
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
3. Variable manipulation element
 Modifies the signal by amplification, filtration or other
means so that desired output produced according to
some mathematical rule for Ex. i/p x constant = o/p
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
4. Data transmission element
 Transmits the signal from one location to another
without changing its information contents.
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
5. Data processing element
 modifies the data before it displayed or finally
• perform mathematical operation such as addition,
subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.
• to calculate average, statistical and logarithmic values
• to convert data into desired form.
• to separate undesired signal from output signal.
• to provide correction on the output signal.
Generalized Measurement System
Generalized Measurement System
Elements of measuring system
6. Data presentation elements
 Provides a record or indication of the output
(i) Transmitting information (measured quantity) to
another location or devices.
(ii) Signaling : To give a signal that the pre-defined
value has been reached.
(iii) Recording : To produce a continuous record of
measured quantity in written form.
(iv) Indicating : To indicate the specific value on
calibrated scale.
Performance characteristics
 Important to select most suitable instrument for specific

 Static Performance characteristics:

• Desired input to the instrument not change w.r.t time.

 Dynamic Performance characteristics:

Static Performance characteristics
 Readability: This term indicates the
closeness with which the scale of
the instrument may be read.
 Susceptibility of device to have its
indications converted into
meaningful number.

 Least count: It is the smallest

difference between two indications
that can be detected on the
instrument scale.
Static Performance characteristics
 Range: It represents the highest possible value that can be
measured by an instrument or limits within which
instrument is designed to operate.

 Linearity: A measuring system is said to be linear if the

output is linearly proportional to the input.
Static Performance characteristics
 Repeatability: It is defined as the ability of a measuring
system to repeat output readings when the same input is
applied to it consecutively, under the same conditions, and
in the same direction.

 Reproducibility: It is defined as the degree of closeness

with which the same value of a variable may be measured
at different times.

 System response: Response of a system may be defined as

the ability of the system to transmit & present all the
relevant information contained in the input signal.
Static Performance characteristics
 Threshold: Min. value of i/p required to cause a
detectable change from ‘0(zero)’ o/p.
 If i/p increased gradually from ‘0(zero)’, there will
be some min. value below which no o/p change
can be detected.
Static Performance characteristics
 Hysteresis:
 Hysteresis is the maximum
differences in two output
(indicated values) at same
input (measurand) value
within the specified range
when input is continuously
increased from zero and
when input is continuously
decrcased for maximum
 Maximum diff. between
increasing input value and
the decreasing input value at
the same output.
Static Performance characteristics
 Calibration: Procedure of
making, adjusting or checking
a scale so that readings of an
instrument conforms to an
accepted standard.

 Sensitivity: Ratio of o/p

response to a specific range in

 Dead zone: Largest change of

i/p quantity for which
instrument does not indicate
Static Performance characteristics
Drift: gradual variation or undesired change in o/p
during constant i/p.
• Span: proportional change in the indication or change
along the upward scale

Zero Drift: whole Zonal Drift: Combination

calibration gradually of both
shifts due to slippage
Static Performance characteristics

 Loading effect:
Any instrument, invariably extracts energy from
system, the original signal should remain
undistorted. This is incapability of system to
faithfully measure signal in undistorted form.
Static Performance characteristics

 Accuracy: It is degree to which the measured

value agrees with true value. Max. amount by
which result differs from the true value.

 Precision: It is repeatability or reproducibility of

the measurement. If instrument is not precise,
great difference in dimension measured again
and again.
Measurement Errors
 What is Error ?

 It is difference between indicated or

measured value and true value.

 It is impossible to made measurement

with perfect accuracy
Measurement Errors
 Types (Classification of Errors)
Measurement Errors
 Gross errors
• Human mistakes
• Careless readings, mistake in recordings,
• improper application of instrument
• Can not treated mathematically
• Can be avoided only by taking care in reading
and recording
Measurement Errors
 Systematic error
• Have definite magnitude and direction.
• Can be repeated consistently with repetition of
• To locate these errors: repeated measurements
under different conditions or with different
equipment or possible by an entirely different
Measurement Errors
 Instrumental error
 Due to design or construction /assembly of
 Limiting accuracy
 Improper selection of instrument
 Poor maintenance
 For Ex. Errors due to friction, wear, slips,
 Errors due to incorrect fitting of scale at zero,
non-uniform division of scale, bent pointer.
Measurement Errors
 Operational error
 Misuse of instrument
 Poor operational techniques
 For Ex. Errors in flow measurement if flow-
meter is placed immediately after a valve or
a bend.
Measurement Errors
 Environmental errors
 due to conditions external to the measuring
instrument, including conditions in the area
surrounding the instrument,
 such as effects of change in temperature,
humidity, barometric pressure, or magnetic
or electrostatic fields.
 For ex. Buoyant effect of the wind causes
errors on precise measurement of weights by
pan balance.
Measurement Errors
 Environmental errors
 These errors may be avoided by
 (i) Use instrument under conditions for
which it was design and calibrated. This
atmospheric condition can be maintain by air
 (ii) Provide sealing certain components in
the instrument.
 (iiii) Make calibration of instrument under
the local atmospheric conditions
Measurement Errors
 System interaction errors
 Interaction between system (to be measured)
and instrument body. So it change the
condition of the system.
 For Ex. A ruler pressed against a body
(system) resulting the deformation of the
Measurement Errors
 Observation errors :
 Due to poor capabilities and carelessness of
i. Parallax : These errors may arise when the
pointer and scale not in same plane or line of
vision of observer is not normal to the scale.
Measurement Errors
 Observation errors :
 Due to poor capabilities and carelessness of
ii. Personal bias: Observer tendency to read high
or low, anticipate a signal and read too
iii. Wrong reading,
wrong recording
data, etc.
Measurement Errors
 Random Error
 Accidental in their incidence
 Variable in magnitude and usually follow a
certain statistical (probability) law.
 Friction and stickiness in instrument
 Vibration in instrument frame or supports
 Elastic deformation
 Large dimensional tolerances between the
mating parts.
 Supply power fluctuations
 Backlash in the movement.
Mechanical Measurement