theory and design for mechanical measurements fifth edition pdf
We are pleased to offer this 5th edition of Theory and Design for Mechanical Measurements. This text provides a well-founded background in the theory of engineering measurements. Integrated throughout are the necessary elements for the design of measurement systems and measurement test plans, with an emphasis on the role of statistics and uncertainty analyses in design. The measurements field is very broad, but through careful selection of the topical coverage we establish the physical principles and practical techniques for many engineering applications while keeping page count and text cost manageable.
Our aim is not to offer a manual for instrument construction and assembly. Instead, we develop the conceptual design framework for selecting and specifying equipment and test procedures and for interpreting test results, which we feel are necessary and common bases for the practice of test engineering. The text is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate level study in engineering, but is also suitably advanced and oriented to serve as a reference source for professional practitioners. The pedagogical approach invites independent study or use in related fields requiring an understanding of instrumentation and measurements.
The organization of the text develops from our view that certain aspects of measurements can be
generalized, such as test plan design, signal analysis and reconstruction, and measurement system response. Topics such as statistics and uncertainty analysis require a basic development of principles but are then best illustrated by integrating these topics throughout the text material. Other aspects are better treated in the context of the measurement of a specific physical quantity, such as strain or temperature.
PEDAGOGICAL TOOLS TO AID LEARNING
In this textbook:
Each chapter begins by defining a set of learning outcomes.
The text develops an intuitive understanding of measurement concepts with its focus on test system modeling, test plan design, and uncertainty analysis.
Each chapter includes carefully constructed example problems that illustrate new material and
problems that build on prior material.
Each example makes use of a KNOWN, FIND, SOLVE approach as an organizational aid to a
problem’s solution. This methodology for problem solutions helps new users to link words and concepts with symbols and equations. Many problems contain COMMENTS that expand on the solution, provide a proper context for application of the principle, or offer design application insight.
End-of-Chapter practice problems are included for each chapter to exercise new concepts.
Practice problems range from those focused on concept development, to building of advanced skills,
to open-ended design applications. With each chapter, we have added new practice problems but have substantially ‘‘refreshed’’ many problems from previous editions.
We provide a detailed Instructors Manual for instructors who have adopted the book. We have
carefully reviewed the solutions in this edition to minimize typographical and arithmetical errors. The
manual is available on-line at the Wiley Instructor’s website.
Answers to selected problems will be posted on the Wiley website.