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Principles of Mechanical Measurement


Measurement is always of fundamental significance to the practicing engineers. For the development of any mechanical design procedure, experiments are of paramount interest. Accordingly measurement and correct interpretation of the concerned observation are necessary part of any standard engineering task and also R&D. Present course will introduce the students to the fundamentals of measurement, discussing about various relevant concepts & terminologies. The mathematical background required to categorize & analyze various measurement devices will be prepared and a very pertinent discussion on digitalization will be presented. Subsequently several classical and modern procedures for measuring parameters of scientific interest, such as displacement, motion, stress, force, flow, pressure, temperature etc., will be discussed in detail.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Mechanical Engg. and similar branches; Faculty member associated with Mechanical Engg.; Practicing engineers associated with production/manufacturing industries.



PREREQUISITES: No specific pre-requisite. Fundamental knowledge of Mechanics and basics of Mathematics should be sufficient.l

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Measurement is a topic of fundamental interest in engineering and hence any engineering firm & concerned industry should find this course interesting & valuable.

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Dr. Dipankar N. Basu is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since June 2012. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and completed his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2011. He served as an Assistant Professor at IIEST Shibpur for four years before joining IIT Guwahati. His principal research interest is in the field of nuclear thermalhydraulics, two-phase flow, supercritical heat transfer, optimization of thermal systems and microchannel heat transfer. He is currently working on computational tool development for simulation of flows with free-surfaces and fluid-structure interaction. He has co-authored more than 70 referred journal and conference publications and also a book chapter on supercritical natural circulation loop. He is a regular reviewer of many reputed international journals and also associated with several sponsored projects.


Week 1  :  Introduction to Measurement
Week 2  :  Response of Measurement Systems
Week 3  :  Digital Techniques in Measurement 
Week 4  :  Data Processing
Week 5  :  Displacement Measurement
Week 6  :  Stress and Strain Measurement
Week 7  :  Force and Torque Measurement
Week 8  :  Pressure Measurement
Week 9  :  Flow Measurement
Week 10  :  Temperature Measurement
Week 11  :  Motion Measurement
Week 12  :  Special Topics


  1. T.G. Beckwith, J.H. Lienhard V & R.D. Marangoni, Mechanical Measurements, Pearson, New Delhi, 2013.
  2. E.O. Doeblin & D.N. Manik, Measurement Systems, 6th edition, McGraw Hill India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2013.3. 
  3. J.P. Holman, Experimental Methods for Engineers, 7th edition, Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., New Delhi, 2004.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 27 2019(Saturday).  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.