Measurement and Instrumentation

1st Edition

Theory and Application

Authors: Alan S Morris Reza Langari
Paperback ISBN: 9780123819604
eBook ISBN: 9780123819628
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th September 2011
Page Count: 640
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Measurement and Instrumentation introduces undergraduate engineering students to the measurement principles and the range of sensors and instruments that are used for measuring physical variables. Based on Morris’s Measurement and Instrumentation Principles, this brand new text has been fully updated with coverage of the latest developments in such measurement technologies as smart sensors, intelligent instruments, microsensors, digital recorders and displays and interfaces. Clearly and comprehensively written, this textbook provides students with the knowledge and tools, including examples in LABVIEW, to design and build measurement systems for virtually any engineering application. The text features chapters on data acquisition and signal processing with LabVIEW from Dr. Reza Langari, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Key Features

  • Early coverage of measurement system design provides students with a better framework for understanding the importance of studying measurement and instrumentation
  • Includes significant material on data acquisition, coverage of sampling theory and linkage to acquisition/processing software, providing students with a more modern approach to the subject matter, in line with actual data acquisition and instrumentation techniques now used in industry.
  • Extensive coverage of uncertainty (inaccuracy) aids students’ ability to determine the precision of instruments
  • Integrated use of LabVIEW examples and problems enhances students’ ability to understand and retain content


Junior and senior undergraduate engineering students taking measurement and instrumentation courses primarily in mechanical and aerospace engineering departments.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Measurement Systems

1.1. Introduction

1.2. Measurement Units

1.3. Measurement System Design

1.4. Measurement System Applications

1.5. Summary

1.6. Problems

Chapter 2. Instrument Types and Performance Characteristics

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Review of Instrument Types

2.3. Static Characteristics of Instruments

2.4. Dynamic Characteristics of Instruments

2.5. Necessity for Calibration

2.6. Summary

2.7. Problems

Chapter 3. Measurement Uncertainty

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Sources of Systematic Error

3.3. Reduction of Systematic Errors

3.4. Quantification of Systematic Errors

3.5. Sources and Treatment of Random Errors

3.6. Statistical Analysis of Measurements Subject to Random Errors

3.7. Aggregation of Measurement System Errors

3.8. Summary

3.9. Problems

Chapter 4. Calibration of Measuring Sensors and Instruments

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Principles of Calibration

4.3. Control of Calibration Environment

4.4. Calibration Chain and Traceability

4.5. Calibration Records

4.6. Summary

4.7. Problems

Chapter 5. Data Acquisition with LabVIEW

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Computer-Based Data Acquisition

5.3. National Instruments LabVIEW

5.4. Introduction to Graphical Programming in LabVIEW

5.5. Logic Operations in LabVIEW

5.6. Loops in LabVIEW

5.7. Case Structure in LabVIEW

5.8. Data Acquisition Using LabVIEW

5.9. LabVIEW Function Generation

5.10. Summary

5.11. Problems

5.12. Appendix: Software Tools for Laboratory Data Acquisition

Chapter 6. Signal Processing with LabVIEW

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Analogue Filters



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About the Author

Alan S Morris

Dr. Morris Retired senior lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield. He has taught the undergraduate course in measurement and instrumentation for nearly 30 years, as well as undergraduate courses in robot technology, engineering design and laboratory skills, and graduate level courses in robot control, modeling and measurement for quality assurance. He is the author of eight books and more than 130 research papers in the fields of measurement and instrumentation and robot control.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK

Reza Langari

Dr. Langari is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and interim head of the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held research positions at NASA Ames Research Center, Rockwell International Science Center, United Technologies Research Center, as well as the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Langari's expertise is in the area of computational intelligence with application to mechatronic systems and industrial automation. He has played a significant role in the development of theoretical foundations of fuzzy logic control and its applications to problems in mechanical engineering. His work on stability of fuzzy control systems is widely recognized as pioneering the use of nonlinear systems analysis techniques to fuzzy logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reza Langari, Department Head, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A&M University