FEK3230 Electrical Measurement Technology for PhD Students 8.0 credits

Elektrisk mätteknik för forskarstuderande

The course is designed to provide the basic electrical measurement technology knowledge needed for experimental research and development work in MEMS and sensor technology. It covers more or less the same topics as a basic undergraduate measurement course such as the EK1191, but the requirements on depth of understanding and independent application are more stringent. A development project is included in order to demonstrate the independent application of the knowledge.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course consists of self studies of the course literature (cf. below) and a supervised development project.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student should be able to

  • describe the basics of electrical safety: hazards and safety measures,
  • describe the basic concepts of measurement technology and metrology, especially how measurement units are defined and how tractability is achieved,
  • understand, model and minimize common types of electrical noise and disturbances in a measurement setup,
  • draw a block diagram for a multimeter and describe how it handles other quantities than DC voltage and how this influences the performance,
  • draw a block diagram for the oscilloscope and describe the effects of bandwidth, sampling frequency, input impedance and uncertainty in the instrument,
  • understand and use all working modes of a standard lab oscilloscope,
  • describe how several different types of AD-converters work and how this influences their performance,
  • describe the basic principles for spectrum analyzers and how the features of the analyzed signal show up in the time domain frequency domain results,
  • describe the basics of modern sensor technology and how sensors based on resistivity piezoelectricity, capacitance and inductance are used,
  • select and use appropriate sensor for a given measurement tasks,
  • design computerized measurement systems using AD-cards and bus systems,
  • be able to compute the standard uncertainty and confidence interval for a combined quantity based on uncertainty information of different kinds for the quantities that contribute to the combined quantity,
  • apply the above knowledge and abilities in problem solving and measurement technology development projects.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

 

Recommended prerequisites

Basic Electrical circuit theory, including calculations for AC circuits. Basic Electronics. Preferably also a basic measurement technology course.

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Pass oral examination. Development project demonstrated.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Kristinn Gylfason

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FEK3230

Offered by

EECS/Micro and Nano Systems

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

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Contact

Kristinn B. Gylfason

Supplementary information

Learning outcomes:

After the course, the student should be able to

  • describe the basics of electrical safety: hazards and safety measures,
  • describe the basic concepts of measurement technology and metrology, especially how measurement units are defined and how tractability is achieved,
  • understand, model and minimize common types of electrical noise and disturbances in a measurement setup,
  • draw a block diagram for a multimeter and describe how it handles other quantities than DC voltage and how this influences the performance,
  • draw a block diagram for the oscilloscope and describe the effects of bandwidth, sampling frequency, input impedance and uncertainty in the instrument,
  • understand and use all working modes of a standard lab oscilloscope,
  • describe how several different types of AD-converters work and how this influences their performance,
  • describe the basic principles for spectrum analyzers and how the features of the analyzed signal show up in the time domain frequency domain results,
  • describe the basics of modern sensor technology and how sensors based on resistivity piezoelectricity, capacitance and inductance are used,
  • select and use appropriate sensor for a given measurement tasks,
  • design computerized measurement systems using AD-cards and bus systems,
  • be able to compute the standard uncertainty and confidence interval for a combined quantity based on uncertainty information of different kinds for the quantities that contribute to the combined quantity,
  • apply the above knowledge and abilities in problem solving and measurement technology development projects.

Course main content:

The course consists of self studies of the course literature (cf. below) and a supervised development project.

Course disposition:

Multimeters, oscilloscopes, AD-conversion, instrument control, LabView, EMC, sensors, frequency domain measurements, project work.

Requirements for final grade

Pass oral examination. Development project demonstrated.

Course literature:

Course literature for EK1191 but with a more full content coverage. 

  • Course compendiums for the course – lab theory booklets (in Swedish)

Required equipment:

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Micro and Nano Systems