Strain Gage

This lab explores the concept of strain measurement using a strain gage. Students will take measurements from and calibrate a strain gage mounted on a cantilever beam and placed in a quarter-bridge Wheatstone configuration. Then they will measure the natural frequency of the beam assembly by applying a fast Fourier transform to the response of the beam due to an impulse.
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This is lab 4 of 9 in the course, Fundamentals of Mechatronic Sensors.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  • Understand difference between quarter, half, and full Wheatstone bridge circuits
  • Calibrate the output of a strain gage in terms of beam displacement 
  • Determine the natural frequency of a cantilever beam using a strain gage by applying a fast Fourier transform


  • Physics I or equivalent
  • Calculus I or equivalent
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency


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Quanser Mechatronic Sensors Board for NI ELVIS III

The Quanser Mechatronic Sensors Application Board introduces students to different sensors and highlights their advantages and limitations in a mechatronic design context.


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Required Software

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  • NI ELVIS III Software Bundle (2018 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS III Toolkit

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