Strain and Force

In this lab, students will implement strain and force measurements using a strain gauge and a load cell. They will experiment with different resistive measurements: quarter bridges and full bridges. Finally, they will implement their own measurement system to solve a measurement problem using the sensors and tools they’ve learned about.
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This is lab 14 of 17 in the course, Measurements and Instrumentation.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Implement a metal film strain gauge in a quarter-bridge setup
  2. Learn about half-brdge & full-bridge setups
  3. Assess the effect of increasing resistance of the resistive sensor within a bridge configuration
  4. Use a load cell to measure force
  5. Calibrate a force measurement using either known weights or multiple identical items
  6. Design and implement a measurement system to solve a force-based measurement challenge


  • Basic proficiency using LabVIEW
  • Basic proficiency using ELVIS III Instruments
  • Basic knowledge of components and their behaviors


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

Automated Measurements Board for NI ELVIS III

An application board for NI ELVIS III that provides students with a experimental platform for understanding and designing a signal chain for sensor integration.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

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