Course detail

Experimental Mechanics

FSI-REMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is concerned with the following topics: Fundamentals of methods of electrical measurement of mechanical quantities. Elaboration of continuous and discrete stochastic processes
in the time and the frequency domain. Methods for the determination of stresses and strains at a point and in a certain area of a body (especially strain gages, reflection photoelasticity, brittle lacquers, DIC). Measurement of kinematic quantities, forces, torques and pressures.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will have a clear idea of current possibilities of experimental examination of selected mechanical quantities which are necessary for reliability assessment of machines and their elements. They will acquire basic practical knowledge and experiences and will be able to formulate real requirements for these activities in specialized institutions and professionally evaluate their results.


Basic knowledge of measurement of electrical and non-electrical quantities, mathematical statistics, mechanics of bodies, strength of materials.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kobayashi, A.S.: Handbook on Experimental Mechanics., Prentice Hall, New Jersey 1987
Vlk M. et al., Experimentální mechanika. VUT FSI 2003 (
Miláček, S.: Měření a vyhodnocování mechanických veličin, ČVUT Praha 2001
Dally, J.W. et al.: Instrumentation for Engineering Measurements, John Wiley&Sons, New York 1984
Janíček P., Technický experiment. VUT FS Brno 1988
Harris, C.M.: Shock and Vibration Handbook, McGraw Hill 1996

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit requirements: active participation in the seminars, good results of elaborated laboratory exercises, solving additional tasks in case of longer excusable absence.
Examination - combined (written and oral). In written part students have to prove knowledge of basic terms, important principles and their application; in the oral part the discussion over written part and records from laboratory exercises follows.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is to make students familiar with current methods, instrumentation and computing technique for determination of input data which are necessary for computer modelling of machines and their elements and results verification. The course is focused especially on methods of investigation of stresses and strains, kinematic quantities, forces, torques, pressures and noise and on results elaboration.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at practical training is obligatory. One absence can be compensated by attending a seminar with another group in the same week, or by working out of substitute assignments. More absences are compensated by additional assignments according to the instructions of the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-IMB-P Master's

    specialization BIO , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    specialization IME , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme N-MET-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into methodology of experimental work.
2. Description of measuring chain.
3. Passive and active.
4. Continuous and discrete signals - methodology of their processing.
5. Digital signal filtering.
6. Devices for measurement of mechanical quantities.
7. Measurement of kinematic quantities.
8. Methods for determination of stresses and deformations of bodies.
9. Properties of strain gages.
10. Criteria for optimal selection of strain gages.
11. Optical methods (DIC, photoelasticity, moiré, holography, specle.)
12. Methods for measurement of residual stresses. Cracks detection.
13. Measurement of forces, torques and pressures.

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Precaution for laboratory practice.
2. Uncertainties in measurement. Theoretical problems in statistical elaboration of measurement results.
3. Determination of gage factor of strain gage.
4. Plain stress measurement - combination of bending and torque.
5. Computer processing of random processes.
6. Bar bending.
7. Assessment of load cell element.
8. Dynamics of rotor systems.
9. Membrane theory of shell.
10. Comparison of computational modeling and experiment.
11. Self-compensation of strain gages.
12. Digital image correlation.
13. Measurement of residual stresses by the hole drilling method.