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MIME1650 Laboratory 1

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The student should learn the basic skills of measuring an object using some standard tools

and methods.


Measurements are an important part of being an engineer. Any engineer should have a

good feel for the dimensions and tolerances of his or her design. In order to do so, an

understanding of the tools used to take those measurements is necessary. A part with

tight tolerances requires a very accurate tool. Tight tolerances cost more time and

money. Part of the expenditure is in the measuring devices. On the other hand, a part

with loose tolerance will cost time and money. It costs money because the part has a high

rejection rate and it costs time because time is wasted on a part that does not work. A

concept of measurements is needed for finding the median between these two.

An example of where the tools come into play is, when measuring an object, a ruler could

be used for a much looser tolerance than that provided by a micrometer. A ruler is very

easily to read and easy to use where as a micrometer is a little more difficult and time

consuming to use. A Go-No Go Gage is very fast in its use where as a Vernier caliper

takes more time. There are also standards that tools have to adhere to. This guarantees

that one caliper will measure the same as another.


In this lab, the tools that the student will be using are the following

• Steel Ruler
Vernier Caliper
• Micrometer
• Go − No Go Gage
• Sine Bar
• Surface Roughness Machine.
• Optical Comparator

Steel Ruler:

This measurement device is one that should be familiar to most people. There is a

slight difference with this ruler than with those used in your kindergarten days.

The inches of this ruler can be divided into 16-ths and 32-nds. When reading this

instrument, it is most accurate to read it perpendicular to the surface. The

measurements from this device should be recorded in their fractional form.

Conversion to decimal is not necessary.

Vernier Caliper:

This measurement device is a little trickier to use than the steel ruler. The Vernier

scale is easy once you grasp the concept. For the Vernier caliper, it is accurate

down to 0.001 of the desired unit. The 1/10 inches on this caliper are divided by

four instead of 5. This means that you must use 0.025” for your increment instead

of 0.02.

How to use this device:

1. First start with each inch. The zero on the Vernier scale is the
measurement point. (The Vernier scale is the scale that is on the sliding

part of the caliper. One scale is inches. The other scale is mm.) Before

reading that inch, make sure the zero line is completely lined up with or

past that inch’s tick mark.

2. Read the tenths place.

3. Read the one hundredths place. (Remember that it is in 0.025)

4. Read the Vernier scale. This part is the hardest part of using this
instrument. You have to take the scale on the sliding part of the caliper

and find the line that matches up with any tick mark on the stationary part

of the ruler. You then read that number off of the vernier scale and

multiply it by 0.001. Since the hundredths measurement is only in

quarters, this scale “fills in the gaps” to make the measurement more


5. Sum them up.

6. Make sure the answer seems logical. If you get a measurement of 2.022
inches and the line between the zero and the 2” mark barely line up, then

chances are you really have 1.997 inches.

Dial Caliper:

The Dial Caliper is an instrument that utilizes a small gear rack that drives a

pointer on a circular dial. The Dial Caliper is read in a manner similar to the

Vernier Caliper. Instead of reading a Vernier scale, the reading taken by the dial

is the amount that goes in the hundredth’s place. This eliminates trying to

decipher which of the small lines is in direct alignment with the

Vernier Scale


This instrument is similar to the Vernier caliper but instead of a sliding clamp,

you have a rotating spindle. This instrument is even more accurate. It allows the

measurer to have up to 0.0001 accuracy.

The inch marks are on the shaft and are divided up into tenths and hundredths.

There is a scale similar to one like the scale on the Vernier caliper. It is the

sideways scale on the back.

How to read a micrometer.

1. See if it is a 0-1”, 1-2” or 2-3” micrometer. Put the lowest number in the ones

2. Read the tenths increment.
3. Read the hundredths increment. (Note: The increment is in fourths.)
4. Read the thousands place by observing the lowest number on the spindle that is

closest to the center line.

5. Read the number on the sideways scale on the back and multiply it by 0.0001
6. Sum the read amounts.
7. Make sure the amount seems logical.

Go −−−− No Go Gage:

This instrument is very useful in very quick measurements. The way the tool

works is by inserting either end into the hole that you desire the radius. The end

either goes in, or it is a “no go”. The diameter is noted of each end.

Sine Bar:

This method requires a little bit of trigonometry. It is useful in determining the

angle of a side. To set this system up you need to lay a sine block of at given

length L, on the block to be observed.

There are Sine Plates included with the sine bar. These plates have their thickness

noted on the slot in which they are placed as well as inscribed on the side. These

are to be placed under both ends until the angle of the sine bar is that of the work

piece. With a little manipulation, the sine bar can have the first height to be zero,

thus eliminating a calculation. The calculation for the angle is as follows:




Surface Roughness:

The surface roughness comes into play when

considering the effects of friction on a moving part.

This instrument is a stylus based instrument that

measures the surface roughness by means of the

vibration on the needle. The average of these peeks

is taken and an amount is displayed on the screen.

The number displayed is multiplied by the setting on the output device.

Optical Comparator:

An optical comparator is an instrument

that projects a greatly magnified image

of a part feature onto a screen for

examination. The part is placed on the

worktable in the path of the light beam.

Since the part is opaque, a shadow is

produced which is magnified and then

projected onto the screen. The screen is

designed to allow angle and length

measurements. Use the elevation wheel

to bring the part into view. Move the part

in or out (toward or away) to coarsely

focus. Use the focus knob to finely focus.

Use the Horizontal Travel


to bring

the view to the center of the screen.

Align etched line on rotating screen with

the angle of the shadow on the screen by

turning the angle knob. Read the angle

from the Vernier scale. Use the optical

comparator to measure the slope of the

provided block.


• Measure each aspect of the block three times with each instrument. (Sine Bar can be
used just once.)

• Record the measurements taken on data sheet.
• Average each section.
• Compare measurements between instruments.

Light source


Elevation Wheel
Fine Focus Knob

Vernier Scale

Horizontal Travel Knob



Report Requirements

1. Why is the accuracy of the tools important?
2. What does measuring have to do with engineering?
3. What is one tool you used that was the fastest to measure with?
4. What was the slowest?
5. What was the most accurate?
6. What do you think is the best tool to use to get enough accuracy but that does not

take a very long time to use?


Data Sheet

Measurement 1 2 3 Average

Steel Ruler






Vernier Caliper




Go-No Go

Sine Bar (θ )


Comparator (θ )




Spring 2020

Introduction to

Materials Science & Engineering – Laboratory

The laboratory portion of MIME 1650 Materials Science & Engineering seeks to give the
engineering student a hands-on appreciation of what Material Science is all about. In this
portion of the course the student should gain an understanding of material properties and these
properties are affected by different processes. The knowledge of these effects is valuable when
selecting a material for a part or design. For example, certain applications require a material
that will not buckle under stress; others require more strength while others require more
ductility. In addition to selecting the right material, engineers must make their design cost

There will be seven (7) laboratory exercises spread over the course of the semester. Each
student will be required to submit a lab report which will be due one week after the completion
of the lab unless otherwise specified. ALL reports must be typed. Failure to do so will result
in a rejected report. Details on what is expected from your report are in the Report
Requirements section. If there are any questions about a particular lab, please talk to your
Teaching Assistant (TA) about your concerns and they will provide the needed help. They can
often critique your report upon request. Do not hesitate in asking questions if something is
confusing to you as asking questions is an excellent way to learn.


Laboratory Report Requirements


All engineers and scientists are required to write reports documenting their work. Each
organization establishes its own required format. Reports are used for a variety of purposes.
First and foremost, it is a historical document of what, when, why and how something was
done. A reader of the report should, by the report alone, be able to replicate the experiment. A
report is often used by management to determine whether or not a project is meeting
expectations. Decisions of where to allocate available resources (such as labor and capitol) are
often made based on the written report. Engineers and scientists that communicate well
through the written report are in demand by industry.

Report Style

The report must be clear, concise and complete. A well written report avoids engineering
jargon and specialized language. The writer must remember that the reader often does not have
the knowledge or background that the writer has. Ideas must be expressed in a logical flow and
in complete sentences. Furthermore, the report must be concise. What this means is that the
writer should favor simple sentences where possible. Long, flowery sentences with many
subordinate clauses and qualifications are not appropriate in an engineering report. On many
organizations, the pertinent ideas being reported on must be stated in one page, often called
“The Executive Summary.” Regardless of what the organization may require, shorter but
complete reports are desired over long reports. A complete report indicates the writer is
honestly reporting what happened and why. If a project or experiment failed, the writer should
clearly state this and then explain why. The report should be decisive.
The report is a historical document of what occurred. Therefore, the report should be written in
third person as well as in past tense. Proper English is required throughout the report. Slang
words are not understood from generation to generation and may be misinterpreted when a
report is read a decade or so after the writing of the report. Since the report is archival, the
report must be prepared using word processing software. Hand written reports are not
acceptable. Not only is this unprofessional, but it reflects poorly upon the writer.

Report Formatting and Presentation

The following formatting guidelines must be followed

• Report must be printed on 8 ½ inch x 11 inch (letter size) white paper.
• All pages of the report including raw data, appendices and sample calculations should

be numbered with the page number centered or right aligned in the bottom margin

• Font size should not be smaller than 10 point Times New Roman.
• All sections headings should be in bold font.
• Report should use double or 1.5 line spacing.
• Reports must be stapled in the upper left corner before submission. Stapling of the

report is the author’s responsibility as a stapler will not be provided.


Report Structure

The following report structure is required for all laboratory reports submitted by students in
MIME 1650: Materials Science and Engineering – Laboratory. Lab reports will be graded out
of 100, with each section weighted as shown.

Title Page 5 points
Objective 5 points
Abstract 5 points
Introduction 10 points
Methodology 10 points
Procedure 10 points
Data 10 points
Results 15 points
Discussion and Conclusion 15 points
References 5 points
Appendices 10 points

Title Page
The title page will consist of the report title, the names of the author(s) of the report, the
laboratory section and the date of the experiment. This will be a single page cover sheet.

The objective of the Report should be stated in ONE sentence. Several examples are provided
“The objective of this report is to describe the automations of the 280-OBI Stamping line at
Shiloh Industries.”
“The objective of this report is to report the measurements of the sample block taken during
Laboratory Exercise One.”
“The objective of this report is to investigate the heat treating of AISI 4340 steel.”

The abstract should describe the entire report including significant results. The abstract should
not exceed 250 words in length. The Abstract should indicate to the reader what was
attempted, what was accomplished and what the results were.

The report introduction should be one or two paragraphs which describe the background
material for the report and place the report in context (e.g. why this test is important and what
the results of this type of test are used for). It should be interesting to read and should
encourage the reader to read the remainder of the report. The material contained in the
introduction should be general in nature. The remainder of the report will provide specifics
where needed. The main purpose of the introduction is to prepare the reader for what follows
in the report.


This section provides the reader with a general understanding of the type of experiment which
was performed and how it was conducted. The background theory for the experiment should
be succinctly discussed. If an analysis method will be used to process the data, it should be
described here. This section mostly discusses what method was used for the experiment and
the reason why that method is preferred. The length of this section will vary depending on the

This section describes exactly how the experiments were performed. If necessary, a sketch of
the test setup should be provided. Exact equipment (with serial numbers for the specific
equipment) used will be described. The order of tasks shall be presented so that any other
experimenter should be able to follow the procedure. Long, detailed procedures should be
placed in the Appendix and referenced here.

This section will present the raw data values obtained using the procedure of the previous
section. Where the data is lengthy, the raw data is placed in an appendix and referenced here.
Actual data recording forms should be placed in the appendix. This section should begin with
text describing the data and referring to tables and graphs that contain the actual data values
when necessary. This section will consist of only values actually measured. No computations
are allowed on the data values. Computations made on data are presented in the next section.

Results include observations based on the methodology, the procedure and the data. It may
consist of computations and presentation of the results in a tabular or graphical form. When the
computations involve a long string of computations, the sample computations should be placed
in an appendix and referenced in this section.

Graphs and Tables
The preparation of graphs, figures and tables require that they be clearly labeled and
professionally presented. In some cases, this may require that they be presented on a complete
page in landscape orientation (i.e. sideways to the normal vertical (portrait) direction). If this is
the case, they should be rotated such that the upper right hand corner of the graph, figure or
table corresponds to the upper left hand corner of the report. The top of the graph, figure or
table will be at the normal left hand margin of the report.

Graphs should be plotted using computer software such as Excel, Matlab, Mathcad, etc. Each
axis should be labeled with its variable, symbol and appropriate units. An appropriate scale
and gridlines should be used. The graph should be labeled with a suitable title. A legend
should describe the symbols, line styles on the graph, and units. Gridlines should be numbered
according to the scale used.

Tables should be treated similarly. Tables should be inserted in the text immediately after they
are referenced. Long tables should be placed in an Appendix. Tables should be numbered and


titled. Each column will be labeled with a short heading, including the units. Where tables run
over several pages, the table will have headings on each page. Columns of numbers should be
aligned by the decimal point. Columns should be boxed since free form tables are not allowed
in the report.

Discussion and Conclusion
In this section, the writer reports on the conclusions drawn from the experimental work.
Conclusions are the important finding determined from the experiment. All statements must be
supported by the data and the results. Actual values should be stated or referenced for support.
New information not reported on earlier can not be introduced in this section. Any judgments
made should pertain directly to the work. For example, a judgment: “The experiment
corresponded well to the theory since the data differed at most by 3% from the prediction” is a
valid statement to make in this section since it is directly supported by the work. However,
“The experiment corresponded well to the theory because the tools used were new” is not valid.
In many cases, the writer may feel that additional work needs to be performed on the subject
matter of the report. This may be included in a few short statements at the end of this section.

Any resource used as reference for the work should be documented here using standard
referencing techniques.

This section should be separated from the main report by a single page with the word
“APPENDICES” centered on the page. Each separate appendix should be titled, and labeled by
a letter starting with A (e.g. Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.). Appendices usually consist of
materials which are lengthy in nature and would make the report difficult to read if included in
the main body of the report. Typical appendices are raw data, sample calculations and long,
intricate procedures.

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