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Micro-Measurements Hands-on Workshop covering Strain Gage Fundamentals (2 day)

This Workshop is a hands-on program where each participant completes three gage installations using materials selected for suitability in a majority of test environments. Intended to develop proficiency in strain gage (strain gauge) selection and installation, this program includes virtually all strain gage installation topics covered in the Advanced Hands-on Workshop covering Strain Gage Technology (3 day) program. Instrumentation topics are not included.

Topics include:

Strain Gage (Strain Gauge) Characteristics

  • Gage Factor
  • Temperature Compensation
  • Sensing Alloys
  • Transverse Sensitivity
  • Strain Limits
  • Fatigue Endurance
Installation Techniques
  • Surface Preparation
  • Adhesive Selection
  • Gage Installation Procedures and Check-Out
  • Leadwire Attachment
  • Protective Coatings
Gage Installations with Epoxy, Epoxy-Phenolic, and Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
  • Room-Temperature Installation
  • Handling Heat-Curing Adhesives
  • Clamping Techniques
  • Leadwire Attachment
  • Protective Coatings
  • Measuring Strain Level
Special Gage Installation Techniques for Measurement Over Wide Temperature Ranges
  • Gage Selection
  • Gage Performance Characteristics
  • Temperature Effects
  • Leadwire Selection and Attachment
  • Protective Coating Systems
Strain Gage (Strain Gauge) Circuitry
  • Quarter, Half and Full Bridges
  • Leadwire Compensation
Bridge Excitation
  • Power Levels
  • Self-Heating
Discussion of Specific Problems as Requested by Participants