Futek tri-axial load cells for wind tunnel testing

Wind tunnels are used in aerodynamic research to study the effects of
air moving past solid objects. These studies help researchers learn more about
the relationship between airflow and objects.

In the conceptual diagram above, a model is mounted onto a stationary
tri-axial sensor, which provides measurement of the pressure placed on the
object at test.

How it works

To quantify the force placed on a model, Futek’s MTA400 tri-axial load
cell is fixed on a test stand. The model is then fastened onto the tri-axial
load cell, which will record a precise pressure measurement in response to the
conditions of the wind tunnel. These force measurements can be streamed to a PC
utilising Futek’s USB solutions.

Once the measurement data is streamed to a PC, it can be monitored by Futek’s
SENSIT test and measurement software. SENSIT can monitor up to 16 channels of
measurement readings, as well as live graph and data log.

Futek’s tri-axial load cells and instrumentation offer the precision and
accuracy required in this important field of research.

Futek Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. is represented in Australia and
New Zealand by Metromatics.

For further information, please visit the Metromatics
website www.metromatics.com.au or
call (07) 3868-4255.

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