MJ2440 Measurement Techniques 3.0 credits


The course “Measurement Techniques” is given on both graduate and undergraduate level and is intended towards students within the broad field of Energy Technology. 

Course Background

In numerous engineering research projects, extensive experiments and tests are carried out. Arranging the set-up for any engineering experiment, acquiring results, keeping records, handling results and evaluating uncertainties are all crucial steps for achieving reliable performance. In order for the Experimentalist to obtain good quality of any experimental set-up, extensive knowledge on measurement equipment, techniques, instruments and tools is required.  Knowledge of measurement techniques is also relevant for researchers conducting numerical studies, as numerical results most often have to be validated with experimental results.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing systematic knowledge about measurement techniques within the field of energy technology, together with introducing the student to various common and advanced measurement techniques and tools in engineering experiments. The course starts from basics and no previous experience with engineering measurements is required. 

More specific the student should after the course be able to:

  • develop an experiment plan
  • construct the main structure of an experimental log-book
  • construct the main structure of an experimental report
  • evaluate the pros and cons of using experimental analogy and similarity studies
  • calculate and evaluate the uncertainties in the experimental results
  • present experimental results with uncertainties-          conduct risk assessment of experimental work, including the risk, likelihood and consequence
  • construct an Risk Management Plan
  • critically evaluate and select suitable temperature meter
  • explain the underlying physics of different temperature meters
  • suggest on how to increase accuracy of temperature measurements
  • design and build pressure measurement chain for various applications
  • explain different pressure measurement principles
  • evaluate the major difficulties with pressure measurements
  • evaluate pro and cons of different flow measurement techniques
  • explain underlying physical principles for various kinds of flow meters
  • select an appropriate flow meter for different flow measurements

Course main content

The course is built up of lectures (18 hours), two laboratory exercises (~10 hours including preparation) and two home assignments (~10 hours). The lectures cover: Temperature Measurements, Pressure Measurements, Flow Measurements, Data Evaluation and Errors and Risk Analysis. The laboratory exercises are devoted to Temperature and Pressure Measurements. The course ends with a written exam


B.Sc. in Engineering with prerequisite in MJ1112 Thermodynamics 9 ECTS, MJ1401 Heat Transfer 6 ECTS and  SG1220 Fluid Mechanics 6 ECTS or a combination of these subjects of at least 15 ECTS.

Documented proficiency in english B or equivalent.



  • INL1 - Assignments, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 0.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

INL1: Home Assignments (0.5 credit)

TEN1: Written Exam (2 credits)

LAB1:  Laboratory exercises (0.5 credit)

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Erik Björk, erik.bjork@energy.kth.se


Joachim Claesson <joachim.claesson@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.