Measurements Lab

measurement lab
 measurement lab
Measurement lab

Director: Prof. Gary Drigel

Location: Thesken Hall, Room 11

In the Department of Engineering Technology the Measurements and Instrumentation labs provide students with opportunities to observe, touch and interact with a wide variety measuring devices used in the design and manufacturing world. In designing structures, machinery, mechanisms, transportation systems and mechanical devices, students learn to follow traditional design processes and codes. One of the most important things to do once a design is completed is to measure its performance and compare that performance against predicted and calculated design parameters. In this way designers can insure that their design processes are valid and the predicted performance will be met. This also allows for modification of design parameters to insure accuracy in future designs. 

This laboratory serves the Strength of Materials (ENT 272), Machine Designs (ENT 278), and Fluid Mechanics (ENT 310) Experimentation Techniques for Engineering Technology (ENT 404) and Senior Design (ENT 497/498) courses. The main equipment in this lab are:

  • Thermocouples, Thermistors, Infrared Thermal imaging (IR) systems
  • Potentiometers and Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT) devices
  • Load cells and Strain Gauges
  • Torque Meters and Torque Wrenches
  • Pressure Gauges, Manometers and Pressure Transducers
  • Flow Meters and Velocity Devices
  • Accelerometers
  • Spring Constants
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Processes
  • Stress Intensity Parameters
  • Poisson Ratios
  • Numerous Calibration Devices (gauge blocks, dead weight gauge calibration, etc.)