Why Worry About Test Measurement?
Material testing leads to improved long-term reliability, helps prevent latent failures in printed circuit board assembly, increases customer confidence, contributes to long-term life prediction for bridges, and can ensure suitable foundation installment.
Micro-Measurements’ test and measurement products are frequently used across a broad range of market sectors:
- Rail Monitoring
- Residual Stresses
- Fastener Testing
- Test Labs
- Ship Builders
- Power Generators and Turbine Manufacturers
- Printed Circuit Board Assembly
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Our high-performing strain gages are used for strain and dynamic torque measurement—critical in determining the design viability and expected life of vehicle systems and components. Suitable for engine test stands, car seats, tires, radiators, exhaust systems, proving ground testing, fluid level monitoring and drivetrain testing.
Our educational support includes discounts on general-purpose strain gages; a selection of Student Strain Gages; an extended warranty program for instrumentation purchased for use in the teaching laboratory; and Experiments in Mechanics, a series of exercises designed around the simple cantilever beam and intended to teach mechanics using experimental stress analysis technology as the teaching medium.
Micro-Measurements’ foil strain gages are the most robust solution to monitor strain in concrete and metal structures. Our gages are installed on structural components in bridges and buildings to measure stress and compare these measurements to analytical models and stress calculations.
Long-term collaborators with PCB manufacturers, Micro-Measurements is a world leader in the development of strain measurement products that support the electronics industry’s specific requirements.
POWER GENERATOR/TURBINE MANUFACTURES
Micro-Measurements’ strain gages help detect equipment failure, malfunction and unusual conditions found during regular operation or maintenance activities. Our sensing systems—including wireless and telemetry capabilities—accurately measure variables in pumps and other equipment that experience high thrust loads.
Micro-Measurements’ strain gages are used to measure the torque in ship parts such as fans, generators, wheels, or propellers in a motor, turbine, or engine. Our strain gages are also used to measure and monitor mooring forces of ships. Common approaches include mounting a tension strain gage load cells in line with mooring ropes or using a shear pin force strain gage transducer.
Micro-Measurements' strain gages are staples in any test lab that performs mechanical, metallurgical, environmental, chemical, and corrosion testing on any kind of metal. Metal foil strain gages are ideal solutions for collecting and analyzing data related to the causes of premature degradation and fracture. Tests include tensile strength, compression, hardness impact, friction, bending, fatigue, shear and strain.
Fasteners are ubiquitous in a variety of everyday structures, including infrastructure, equipment, and vehicles. These structures need to be safe and reliable. That’s why fasteners must perform to expectations and hold up to wear and tear such as stress, vibration, unexpected loads, and environmental conditions. Micro-Measurements’ metal foil strain gages are key components in any fastener testing. These tests help to identify potential problems at an early stage, extend service life, and help reduce operating and replacement costs.
An inevitable, and potentially costly, effect of the manufacturing and fabricating processes is residual stress. Most commonly, residual stresses are detrimental— contributing to fatigue and other structural failures that often go unrecognized until after a malfunction or failure occurs. The hole-drilling strain gage method is a relatively simple procedure and has been standardized in ASTM Standard Test Method E 837. Learn more about the general theory of residual stress measurements in Micro-Measurements Tech Note TN-503, “Measurement of Residual Stresses by the Hole-Drilling Strain Gage Method”.
Micro-Measurements’ strain gages are expertly designed to meet unique challenges such as those found in constructions occurring on the earth’s surface or subsurface. Our gages help determine mechanical properties for structures such as earth-filled dams, retaining walls, embankments, tunnels, dikes and levees, channels, reservoirs and landfills.
Micro-Measurements’ foil strain gages are used in bridge structures around the world to measure strain, displacement, force, temperature, inclination, bending movements and alignment. A permanent installation provides long-term monitoring of the structure’s health, while a temporary installation ensures safe working conditions during a repair.
Micro-Measurements’ metal foil strain gages can be attached to various points along oil and gas pipelines to offer continuous, remote monitoring of the structures and help prevent threats to the flow inside the pipe as well as potential threats to the environment.
Micro-Measurements offers a wide range of strain gages that provide long-term structural monitoring solutions for railways. The strain on rails, such as axial tension or compression, can and should be measured and monitored. Warnings enable maintenance, minimize impact on rail traffic, and ensure safety.
Micro-Measurements’ impressive collection of strain gages are well suited for monitoring and analyzing the behavior of a dam’s structural element. When strain gages are used during the planning, design, construction and operation of the dam, the performance of the dam’s structure is reliable and safe. In addition, our strain gages are suitable to ascertain data related to other parts of the dam, such as the reservoir and river basin, to help ensure normal operation and safety.
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