Measurement and Sensor Technology (MS&E)
Module version of SS 2021
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
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PH9032 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Service Modules for Students of other Disciplines
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH9032 in the version of SS 2021 was Peter Müller-Buschbaum.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module gives an introduction to measurement and sensor technologies starting from fundamental concepts. Modern state-of-the-art measurement methods will be discussed and illustrated with selected examples. It covers the following chapters:
- Introduction, measurements, coordinate systems
- Optical microscopy, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy
- X-ray and neutron scattering, diffraction and small angle scattering
- X-ray based thin film analysis
- Infrared- and UVvis spectroscopy
- Active and passive sensing (inspection and monitoring)
- Systems, signals and time series; sensor concepts and calibration
- Effect of defect concept (explained for CFRC parts for lightweight structures)
- Classification of measuring results; Probability of Detection (PoD) for NDT applications
- Overview of non-destructive testing techniques
- NDT applications in automotive and aeronautic
- Optical lock-in thermography at CFRC
- Phased-array and total focusing methods using ultrasound
- Wireless sensing techniques and sensor networks in structural health monitoring
Upon successful participation in the module, students will be able to:
1. know about general principles with regard to methodology and measurements in physics,
2. calculate experimental errors,
3. handle the concepts of microscopy and imaging techniques,
4. calculate diffraction spectra,
5. apply the principles of x-ray and neuron scattering,
6. handle small angle scattering analysis,
7. apply the fundamentals of x-ray based thin film analysis,
8. know selected examples from thin film analysis,
9. apply the fundamentals of infrared and UVvis spectroscopy,
10. know selected examples from optical spectroscopy analysis,
11. analyzing the measuring chain to know the influence of individual parts including sensor characteristics
12. know concepts to select proper testing techniques based on Effect-of-Defect methods
13. know classification concepts for NDT results including the Probability-of-Detection
14. know the principles of NDT applications to investigate large structures
15. apply active infrared thermography methods to investigate carbon fiber reinforced structures
16. apply active ultrasound NDT techniques including phased-array
17. apply passive sensing techniques like wireless sensors for structural health monitoring
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
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Learning and Teaching Methods
Lecture, beamer presentation, board work, exercises in single and team work
a) Grosse, Christian: Grundlagen der Zerstörungsfreien Prüfung – Vorlesungsskript. Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfung, SS2019, 2019, 228 S.
b) Erhard, Anton: Verfahren der Zerstörungsfreien Materialprüfung - Grundlagen, DVS Media GmbH, Düsseldorf 2014
c) Schiebold, Karlheinz: Zerstörungsfreie Werkstoffprüfung. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2015 (5 Bände zu Ultraschallprüfung, Sichtprüfung, Durchstrahlungsprüfung, Eindringprüfung, Magnetpulverprüfung) – als PDF erhältlich über Shibboleth
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample problems.
For example an assignment in the exam might be: a) Describe the basics of a small angle neutron scattering experiment. b) Explain the structure information you can gain from such type of experiments using words, drawings and diagrams. c) Describe how physical and technical properties of different materials and varying measurement parameters can influence the results of these measurements d) What will change if x-rays are used instead of neutrons
Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.