This course introduces a systematic approach to the design of measurement systems for industrial process applications The fundamental concepts, key requirements, typical principles and key applications of the industrial process measurement technology and systems will be highlighted.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This course takes place over one week and includes lectures, tutorials and lab demonstrations. You will have the opportunity to experience Cranfield's near industrial-scale three phase flow facility and Emerson Delta-V control system. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

Upon completion of the Process Measurement Systems course, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess the factors affecting the operation of a process sensor and the types and technologies of modern process sensors,
  • Examine the factors which have to be considered when designing a process measurement system,
  • Propose the most appropriate measurement system for a given process application.

Core content

Principles of Measurement System

  • Process monitoring requirements: operating conditions, range, static performance, dynamic performance,
  • Sensor technologies: resistive, capacitive, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, radiation, resonance,
  • Signal conditioning and conversion: amplifiers, filters, bridges, load effects, sampling theory, quantisation theory, A/D, D/A,
  • Data transmission and telemetry: analogue signal transmission, digital transmission, communication media, coding, modulation, multiplexing, communication strategies, communication topologies, communication standards, HART, Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus,
  • Smart and intelligent instrumentation. Soft sensors. Measurement error and uncertainty: systematic and random errors, estimating the uncertainty, effect of each uncertainty, combining uncertainties, use of Monte Carlo methods,
  • Calibration: importance of standards, traceability,
  • Safety aspects: intrinsic safety, zone definitions, isolation barriers,
  • Selection and maintenance of instrumentation.

Principles of Process Measurement

  • Flow measurement: flow meter performance, flow profile, flow meter calibration; differential pressure flow meters, positive displacement flow meters, turbine, ultrasonic, electromagnetic, vortex, Coriolis flow meters,
  • Pressure measurement: pressure standards, Bourdon tubes, diaphragm gauges, bellows, strain gauges, capacitance, resonant gauges,
  • Temperature measurement: liquid-in-glass, liquid-in-metal, gas filled, thermocouple, resistance temperature detector, thermistor,
  • Level measurement: conductivity methods, capacitance methods, float switches, ultrasonic, microwave, and radiation method,
  • Multiphase measurement and monitoring: general features of vertical and horizontal multiphase flow, definition of parameters in multiphase flow, multiphase flow measurement strategies, Content and composition measurement, velocity measurement, commercial multiphase flow meters, developments in multiphase flow metering,
  • Density and viscosity measurement,
  • Case study: flow assurance instrumentation/ environmental measurement/ measurement issues and challenges in CO2 transportation.

Who should attend

This short course will be of particular interest to engineers and consultants employed in the process, chemical, water, power, oil and gas industries, who are involved with process instrumentation and control, process management, and require an update on state of the art technologies used in industrial process measurement.


The lecturers delivering this course are also including specialists from other elite academic institutes and instrumentation manufacturers.


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Only one discount is applicable per booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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