What do the force measurement equipment applications have in common?
All the force measurement equipment measurement needs unusually huge load cell typically customized for the application and is not found in stock easily. When it comes to mine shaft, the load placed on the roof of the coal seam is monitored by a heavy and high capacity load cell to warn the miners if there is any risk of a roof collapse. The coal seam is mined in an engineered way that keeps half the coal in place for supporting the roof of the active mined area.
The high capacity load cells also monitor running loads and weights on the bridges. This is done for letting the measures to be applied to protect the bridge structure and drivers. The load cells being used in the rockers monitor the thrust force that pushes the rocket frame ahead. The vertical take-offs from the earth need a thrust force that is 30 to 50 percent more than the rocket weight and its payload that can place a lot of strain on the frame. Keeping an eye on the actual loads offers invaluable info in the fine tuning of the airframe design.
What are the key design considerations to be made when working with high capacity load cells for large load applications?
First things first, these load cells are installed into a system, machine or structure with little space where the sensor is installed. As a result, heavy duty load cells are made to be small, compact, and light in relation to their capacity.
Another benefit here is that they cost less and are easy to make, assemble and integrate into a load monitoring system. Secondly, the extra matter is geometry. The bridge, tank and other equipment is already built and installed. A retrofit may be needed for installing a high capacity load cell. The geometry must fit the load cell so perfectly into the structure it is monitoring. The load cell supplier must design the geometry of the load cell of the needed shape so that it can be integrated into the current equipment. This may need machining outside the load cell geometry to be rectangular, square, circular or any other space.
Lastly, some system in the list cannot work safely unless it is monitored by the forces it is worked upon. Timely design, fabrication and delivery is must.