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MECH2002 Applied Electricity & Instrumentation

Code MECH2002
Alt. Codes(s) None
Title Applied Electricity & Instrumentation
UCL Credits/ECTs 0.5 / 7.5
Start September
End June
Dr Ryo Torii (100%) Module Coordinator


No previous experience of Instrumentation is required but Applied Electricity to first year level to include basic electrical circuit components, Ohm’s law, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits and Kirchoff’s current law.

Course Aims

Basic concepts in measurements, accuracy, sources of error. Transducers and sensors, their associated circuitry and dynamic response. The second part of the course is an introduction to operational amplifiers, characteristics and applications.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations, tutorial classes and two laboratory classes.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • One Laboratory Report (25%) written on work undertaken during two lab sessions (E1) and (E2)
  • To pass this course, students must:

Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined

Recommended Reading

  • “Experimental Methods for Engineers” Seventh Edition (2001). J.P. Holman, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0073660558
  • Nelson, J.C.C. (1995), Operational Amplifier Circuits – Analysis and Design, Butterworth-Heinemann, MA, USA
  • Horrocks, D.H. (1983), Feedback Circuits and Operational Amplifiers, Van Nostrand Reinhold, Netherlands. (Out of print)
  • Ahmad, H. And Spreadbury, D.H. (1984), Analogue and Digital Electronics for Engineers: An Introductions, 2nd Edn., Cambridge University Press, UK

Measurement system performance characteristics. Error propagation. Transducers and associate circuits for measuring: strain, displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, toque temperature. Dynamic response of measuring systems. Operational amplifiers, characteristics and applications. Transistor characteristics. Design and performance of transistor circuits.

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