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ELEX 0270 - Process Measurement Fundamentals

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

Measurement is integral to the safe and efficient operation of processes. This is an orientation course for individuals who work in the process control industry who do not have an instrumentation or measurement background. The course will cover the principles and practices of process measurements. The student will learn the terminology and symbology necessary to communicate with engineers and technologists specializing in this field. Operation and application of common measurement systems for pressure, strain, level and temperature are described in detail. Laboratory exercises are integral for applying the theory to real processes. Who should attend: The course is designed for Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Electricians, Electrical Technicians, Electrical Technologists, Plant Operators, Plant Engineers, Electrical Supervisors, and Production Staff.


Familiarity with processes and basic understanding of electricity.



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Gravitying Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply standard ISA 5.1 symbology to transducers commonly used in process automation applications.
  • Define transducer, transmitter, span, gain, range, zero and primary element.
  • Derive a static operating equation for a given measurement system.
  • Distinguish between the different types of error (i.e. gain error, span error, hysteresis etc.) used to describe the accuracy of an instrument.
  • Calibrate an industrial differential pressure transmitter.
  • Recognize how pressure measurement can be used to determine liquid level and density.
  • Describe common direct and inferential level measurement techniques.
  • Appreciate the characteristics and limitations of strain gauges to measure strain and infer weight.
  • Perform simple calculations to predict the differential pressure across a restriction flow device for a given liquid flow.
  • Describe the principle of operation/applications of the following flowmeters: variable area (rotameter), vortex shedding, turbine, magnetic and coriolis.
  • Review the principles of heat transfer.
  • Describe the physical laws and effects that describe thermocouples.
  • Calculate temperatures using standard thermocouple tables.
  • Describe resistance and semiconductor type temperature detectors.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2018

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