Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4560 - Process Testing and Measurement 

Catalog Description:

Overview of standardized mechanical and thermal testing procedures used to characterize both base materials and product assemblies. Tensile, compressive, flexural, and impact procedures for destructive testing. Measurement with thermal couples, pressure transducers, motion sensors for measurement of both process and resulting product.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 2810, (MSE 2540 or ME 2500), and (STAT 2600 or IME 2610).

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Ability to machine materials (test samples) using various machining processes (IME 2540 – Machining Processes)
  2. Understanding of the relationship between process variables.  (IME 2540)
  3. Familiarity with stress-strain behavior.  (IME 2810 - Statics & Strength of Materials)
  4. Knowledge of mechanical and physical properties of plastics. (IME 2810)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Understand the interrelationship of factors affecting physical, chemical and mechanical properties of materials

a, f


A4: Explain the use of scientific principles embedded in various testing systems.

Perform test methods for determining material properties



C1: Conduct a section of tests to assess product quality.

Understand the importance of testing in assuring safer products to protect the public



I1: Identify methods to assess the safety of a given product.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC/TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks

Course Coordinator:

Sam Ramrattan
Western Michigan University
F-218 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3373

Revision Date: Fall 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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