Keywords

Aerodynamics measurement, Balances (Weighing instruments), Strain gages

Abstract

The Florida Technological University four-component strain-gage balance is an internally mounted, half-inch diameter balance capable of measuring four components of load: front and rear normal force, axial force, and rolling moment. Measurement of these components is accomplished by means of sixteen strain gages that are mounted on the balance and wired into four full bridge circuits. When the balance is subjected to a load, the strain gages, through a small resistance change, indicated the strain a balance element is undergoing. This report presents a description of the balance and its support equipment, and outlines specific calibration procedures necessary to their successful implementation. These calibration procedures take two forms: that of calibrating the readout equipment, and that of calibrating the balance itself. Also contained in this report is a method of reducing calibration data into a set of parameters applicable to the balance. To aid in the calibration of the balance, a calibration assembly was designed and built. Two calibration models were designed to facilitate the incremental loading of the balance and the interpretation of the readout data.

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Graduation Date

1974

Advisor

Beck, James K.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

vii, 57 pages

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0012656

Subjects

Aerodynamics -- Measurement, Balances (Weighing instruments), Strain gages

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Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Engineering Commons

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