Training

Strain Gauge Training - Our Philosophy

Training customers in the proper use of strain measurement techniques is an essential part of the Micro-Measurements philosophy. At Quantify we take over this philosophy as we want you to feel confident that you get quality data out of your measurements! And after all, getting quality data out of your measurements is the reason why we all start performing tests in the first place, right?


Therefore, we at Quantify have partnered up with Strain 2 Data to setup a dedicated entity to be able to give our customers the best training possible in the field of strain gauge installation techniques. We achieve this by combining the industry defined techniques from Vishay Micro Measurements and the continues experience that comes back to us via the installations performed by the engineers at Strain 2 data.


And so, Strain Academy was born!

Vishay Micro Measurements - Strain Gauge Workshop

Workshop

Strain gauge installation techniques

Program

In this comprehensive, hands-on workshop, participants make several complete strain gauge installations, including electrical connections, check-out, and environmental protection; and use appropriate readout instrumentation to verify results of their own installations.


During this training the participants will learn how to bring a strain gauge installation to a good end with the confidence that what has been installed will produce quality data.

Focus is on mastering the right techniques, starting from a blank material, participants learn to select the right surface preparation, strain gauge, adhesives, soldering, cables and coatings.


In between the hands-on training, all topics that are crucial for understanding strain measurements will be reached out to the participants in depth. Going from temperature compensation over strain gauges circuitry to bridge excitation optimization and installation calibration.

The techniques, products and instruments used during our workshop are these employed and manufactured by VPG - Micro-Measurements.

Program Topics

Strain Gage Characteristics

  • 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
  • Installation verification and quality control

Gage Installations With Different Adhesives

  • Room-Temperature Installation
  • Handling Heat-Curing Adhesives
  • Clamping Techniques
  • Soldering techniques
  • 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 Gauge Circuitry

  • Quarter, Half and Full Bridges
  • Leadwire Compensation

Bridge Excitation

  • Power Levels
  • Self-Heating

Calibration Techniques

Discussion of Specific Problems as Requested by Participants – Case studies