Strain gage testing provides a means to measure strain, and determine stress and load on machinery components. Strain gage tests provide information that is valuable for finite element model validation, verifying operating loads, and failure investigations. SimuTech offers comprehensive strain gage testing services from strain gage installation to data collection and analysis.
SimuTech’s strain gage installation services include selection of gage locations and orientations, gage installation, and application of protective coatings. We use a combination of finite element analysis and experience to determine appropriate strain gage locations and orientations. This experience includes both metal foil strain gages and semi-conductor strain gages in single axis and rosette configurations.
For applications in harsh environments such as immersion in sea water, hot oil, or high velocity steam, SimuTech uses a variety of protective coatings to encapsulate strain gages and lead wires. SimuTech provides field and in-situ strain gage installation services on parts and equipment that are more conveniently instrumented on-site.
SimuTech’s strain gage test services include NIST traceable calibration, signal conditioning, data acquisition, and signal processing. Before collecting data, the signals are zero balanced and shunt calibrated using signal conditioners with NIST traceable calibration. Data acquisition capabilities include static strain measurements due to steady state or thermal loads, and dynamic strain due to vibration. In addition to measuring strain in static parts, SimuTech also has extensive experience measuring strain in rotating parts such as rotors and turbine blades using radio telemetry or slip rings. Telemetry tests are often used to measure the torque on a shaft or vibration of turbine blades. SimuTech provides field testing and in-situ measurements for parts and equipment that are more conveniently tested on-site.
SimuTech has extensive experience with strain gage testing of a wide variety of structures including steam turbine blades, aerospace shaft couplings, cranes, and turbine generator rotors. Recent strain measurement applications include automotive radiators, heat exchangers, bearing housings, and a medical IV pump.