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Material: Aluminum

Micro-Measurements provides a large assortment of solutions for the measurement of stress and strain on aluminum. We supply high-quality, precision strain gages (gauges) that can be used with various materials and are ideal for use with aluminum.

Stress Measurement of Aluminum Structures

Aluminum is one of the most commonly used structural metals, especially in the aircraft and automotive industries due to the fact that it is strong yet lightweight. While aluminum is used in a vast number of applications, many of these applications have commonalities that can make the strain gage choices simple and direct. Following is a guide for selecting Micro-Measurements products for testing aluminum structures.

 

Gage Designation

Typical Laboratory:

Gage Series: CEA, EA, C2A 

Self Temperature Compensation: 13

Gage Pattern: 031DE to 500UW

Resistance: 120 or 350

Options: P, P2, L, LE

Adhesive: M-Bond 200 or M-Bond AE-10

Instrumentation: P3, D4 or System 8000

 

Field/Outdoor Applications:

Gage Series: CEA, C2A 

Self Temperature Compensation: 13

Gage Pattern: 031DE to 500UW

Resistance: 120 or 350

Options: P, P2, L, LE

Adhesive: M-Bond AE-10

Instrumentation: P3, System 7000

 

 

Temps >180 deg F or long term​:

Gage Series: WK, SK

Self Temperature Compensation: 13

Gage Pattern: 062AQ to 250BG

Resistance: 350

Options: W

Adhesive: M-Bond 600

Instrumentation: System 7000 or System 8000

     

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has developed many standards used for testing aluminum. ASTM E111 (Standard Test Method for Young's Modulus, Tangent Modulus, and Chord Modulus) describes methodology used for determining material compliance. ASTM E132 (Standard Test Method for Poisson's Ratio at Room Temperature) discusses test protocol for determining Poisson's ratio at room temperature. Many Micro-Measurements strain gage sensor patterns are uniquely designed to make such testing quick and efficient, particularly our line of Tee-rosettes.

 

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