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FORCE MEASUREMENT

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TRANSDUCERS THAT MEASURE FORCE AND TORQUE USUALLY CONTAIN AN ELASTIC MEMBER THAT CONVERTS THE MECHANICAL QUANTITY TO A DEFLECTION OR STRAIN (IS CALLED LOAD CELL) A DEFLECTION SENSOR (FOR EXAMPLE, STRAIN GAGE) IS THEN USED TO GIVE AN ELECTRICAL SIGNAL PROPORTIONAL TO THE QUANTITY OF INTEREST (FORCE OR TORQUE) RANGE, LINEARITY AND SENSITIVITY ARE DETERMINED BY THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF THE ELASTIC MEMBER, THE MATERIAL USED AND THE SENSOR INTRODUCTION

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LOAD CELLS The elastic members commonly used in load cells are links, beam, rings, and shear web

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LINK TYPE LOAD CELL strain gage 1 (axial) strain gage 2 (transverse) strain gage 3(axial) on the back face strain gage 4 (transverse) P P Wheatstone bridge For full bridge arrangement If R 1 =R 2 =R 3 =R 4

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EXAMPLE A strip of high strength steel has a length of 30 cm and a cross section of 20 mm by 20 mm. The modulus of elasticity is 200 GPa, and Poissons ratio is 0.27. It is subjected to an axial load of 15000 N and it is instrumented with full bridge arrangement of strain gage with R=120 and gage factor of 2.10. Determine output voltage if a supply voltage of 2.5 V is applied. Solution : Use equation

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BEAM TYPE LOAD CELL Beam type load cells are commonly employed for measuring low-level loads where the link type load cell is too stiff to be effective P 1 3 axial gage 1 and 3 axial gage 2 and 4 on the bottom surface b h If all strain gage are identical x

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TORQUE MEASUREMENT (TORQUE CELLS) Torque cells are transducers that convert an applied torque to an electrical output signal. For circular shaft subjected to pure torsion, all normal stress are 0, the principal stress 1 = 2 = xz Principal strain

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MECHANICAL POWER MEASUREMENT (DYNAMOMETER)

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