Articles

October 12, 2017
Some say you can fix any structure with WD-40, duct tape and bailing wire.  Around the house this may be true, if you don’t care about the longevity of the repair.  In the real world...
September 7, 2017
The electrical resistance foil strain gage is a remarkably stable measurement device when properly installed and used.  With the aid of a suitable protective coating, the bonded gage’s...
July 25, 2017
Zero-drift and zero-shift in a strain gage Wheatstone Bridge circuit can arise from a number of sources, including the gage installation itself.  The following checklist gives the recommended...
July 20, 2017
Structural test labs often need to test structures to failure, stopping the applied load once a surface crack has formed in the part. In some applications, thin copper wires (commonly 44 AWG) bonded...
July 6, 2017
SmartOar is a company that uses strain gage technology as part of a system to help rowing teams develop maximum power and speed.  The strain gages on each oar are used to transduce the force of...
June 27, 2017
Bonded electrical resistance strain gages are an interesting lot. Deceptive in complexity, because of the deceivingly simple appearance,  it’s not difficult to prove on paper that...
June 6, 2017
The Holmes And Rahe Stress Scale is often used by doctors to find and answer to the question: Can the most stressful life events predict future illness or a failure? Two researchers in 1967...
May 30, 2017
Micro-Measurements manufactures its strain gages and applications accessories to the highest standards and under the strictest process controls to ensure the best possible accuracy; however, the...
May 5, 2017
Students at the Cal Poly Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering were tasked with the challenge of ensuring that a wing structure is within design limits.  To accomplish this task, a...
April 27, 2017
The Cal Poly Pomona Baja SAE team wanted to conduct tests that closely resembled the conditions their vehicle would experience during competition. Obstacles included rock gardens, steep inclines,...