The International Society of Automation (ISA)

ISA Releases Fourth Edition of Measurement Uncertainty

Research Triangle Park, NC -- ISA recently released its fourth edition of its comprehensive tutorial, Measurement Uncertainty, by Ronald H. Dieck. The new edition incorporates the uncertainty technologies embodied in both U.S. and international standards with a focus on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each.

The book is designed to serve as a practical desk reference in situations that commonly confront an experimenter. Key topics include the basics of the measurement uncertainty model, non-symmetrical systematic standard uncertainties, random standard uncertainties, the use of correlation, curve-fitting problems, and probability plotting, combining results from different test methods, calibration errors, and uncertainty propagation for both independent and dependent error sources. Examples and problems have been included to illustrate the principles and applications of measurement uncertainty analysis.

Sections on the business impact of measurement uncertainty and the treatment of calibration uncertainty are helpful additions.

This book is useful for test, process, and control engineers, as well as researchers, plant supervisors, managers, executives, and all others who need a basic understanding of the assessment and impact of uncertainty in test and experimental measurements. In addition, technical school, college, and university students will find this text useful in gaining insight into the impact of errors in their measurements, as well as estimating the effects of such errors with measurement uncertainty analysis.

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