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Evaluation of uniaxial strain transducer for railroad infrastructure Yun, Hae-Bum ; Lee, Hosin ; Maclean, Brian

By: Yun, Hae-BumContributor(s): Lee, Hosin | Maclean, BrianPublication details: Transportation Research Record, 2001Description: nr 1742, s. 78-86Subject(s): USA | Strain | | Uniaxial | Transducer | | Deflection | Compression | Tension | Mathematical model | J01Bibl.nr: VTI P8167:1742Location: Abstract: The uniaxial strain transducer (UAST) is a microelectromechanical system that features a high resolution, a high sampling rate, and absolute encoding. It needs no calibration and has no strain drift over time. Strains measured with a UAST were compared with those measured with a typical electrical resistance strain gauge. Some discrepancies between the two sets of measurements were observed in a bending test; however, there was a good correlation between the two measurements in tension and compression tests. Strains measured with the UAST under a cyclic load followed closely the haversine loading curves generated with a Materials Testing System testing machine. To obtain reasonably accurate strain measurements under moving trainloads, a 12-bit operational mode for the UAST with a resolution of 2.81 microstrain at 64 Hz for a loading cycle is recommended. This research project seeks to evaluate the potential for the development of a prototype hybrid UAST, which would incorporate strain data reduction algorithms into a UAST for railroad application by using existing UAST technologies.
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The uniaxial strain transducer (UAST) is a microelectromechanical system that features a high resolution, a high sampling rate, and absolute encoding. It needs no calibration and has no strain drift over time. Strains measured with a UAST were compared with those measured with a typical electrical resistance strain gauge. Some discrepancies between the two sets of measurements were observed in a bending test; however, there was a good correlation between the two measurements in tension and compression tests. Strains measured with the UAST under a cyclic load followed closely the haversine loading curves generated with a Materials Testing System testing machine. To obtain reasonably accurate strain measurements under moving trainloads, a 12-bit operational mode for the UAST with a resolution of 2.81 microstrain at 64 Hz for a loading cycle is recommended. This research project seeks to evaluate the potential for the development of a prototype hybrid UAST, which would incorporate strain data reduction algorithms into a UAST for railroad application by using existing UAST technologies.

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