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July 26, 2016
QUESTION:      What are Crack Propagation Sensors?   ANSWER:        Crack Propagation Sensors are bondable grid patterns that...
July 19, 2016
Can strain gages be bonded to a device or component made from stamped, galvanized steel?  Yes, in a manner of speaking.  Galvanizing (zinc plating) is a common means of protecting steel...
July 14, 2016
You have been tasked with making strain measurements on a railroad bridge during the middle of a Minnesota winter. Obviously, you can’t warm the bridge sufficiently to cure adhesives for a...
July 12, 2016
Before blaming the strain gage, make sure these ten incredibly common strain measurement mistakes haven’t been made:   Failure to remove soldering flux, which causes resistance...
July 5, 2016
The University of Florida Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Team wanted to validate that its new airfoil designs were producing the downforce required to improve cornering. Improved...
June 28, 2016
Power meters have been gaining in popularity among cyclists as an important tool in providing training feedback. One of the major challenges in producing a transducer for cycling applications is...
June 23, 2016
Civil engineers constantly face the challenge of making accurate strain measurements in very hostile environments.  Wind, rain sleet, snow, extreme temperatures, traffic...the list goes on and...
June 9, 2016
Since 1990, the student-directed University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project’s mission is to teach its members about engineering and project management while creating solar-powered cars that...
June 6, 2016
Sound engineering and laboratory practices require that the instrumentation used to make critical strain measurements is periodically calibrated to verify that it is within the manufacturer’s...
June 2, 2016
Considering that a primary motivation for inventing the bonded, electrical resistance strain gage was to reduce propeller failures on military aircraft in the 1940’s it should be no surprise...