Patent Number: 6,253,626

Title: Three-axis transducer body and strain gage arrangement therefor

Abstract: A transducer body having a traditional single-axis envelope capable of multi-axis measurements. The transducer body includes coaxial base ends with an intermediate flexure element in the form of a ring having an internally centered stiffening web which reduces deflection and localizes strain for accurate high-capacity single-axis load measurements, as well as for bending and shear. The invention further includes a novel arrangement of strain gages on the transducer body, preferably including three sets: strain gages on the stiffening web to measure single-axis loading along the longitudinal axis of the transducer body; bending measurement strain gages spaced at 45.degree. around the periphery of the ring element; and shear measurement strain gages located at 90.degree. locations on the periphery of the ring.

Inventors: Shoberg; Ralph S. (Farmington Hills, MI), Barrett; Gary L. (Union Lake, MI)

Assignee: RS Technologies, Ltd.

International Classification: G01L 1/22 (20060101); G01L 5/16 (20060101); G01L 1/20 (20060101); G01L 001/22 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018