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Volume IV - 13.7 Mechanical Forces and Thickness

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Orientation and Training

Food and Drug Administration

DOCUMENT NO.:
IV-13
VERSION NO.: 1.3

Section 13 - Engineering

EFFECTIVE DATE: 10-01-03REVISED: 02-14-13

A.  Objective

To provide the trainee with a review of mechanical force and thickness measurement fundamentals and to introduce measurement instruments.

B.  Assignment

The trainee will review the fundamentals of force and thickness measurements and be instructed in the use and maintenance of measuring equipment.  Some of the equipment and topics to be covered are:

  • micrometers,
  • vernier calipers,
  • dial thickness gauges, 
  • linear displacement gauges,
  • standard rules,
  • push-pull force gauges,
  • tension dynamometer,
  • hardness testing equipment,
  • piezoelectric crystal transducers,
  • weighing scales and balances,
  • stiffness testing,
  • torque measurement, and
  • shaker tables.

The trainee will be assigned practical exercises using laboratory equipment.