Strain gauges may be used to measure static strain due to relatively constant loads such as pressure or thermal expansion.
Strain gauges may also be used to measure dynamic strain due to transient events or vibration. Information from strain gauge measurements is useful for validation of finite element analysis (FEA) models, establishing more accurate operating loads and failure investigations.
SimuTech Group’s services also include selection of gauge size and type, specification of gauge locations and orientations, strain gauge installation, recommendations for bonding methods, and development of practical strategies for dealing with lead wire paths, connection terminals, clearances and gauge environmental protection, data acquisition and analysis.
Strain gauge measurements are applicable to a wide variety of structures including industrial equipment, turbomachinery, aircraft, piping, automotive components, and electronics. Recent strain gauge measurement applications by SimuTech include automotive radiators, a helicopter airframe, a forging press, a bridge truss structure, and a high-pressure gas main.