StrainSense is an expert provider of a wide range of high quality Strain Gauges manufactured from foil and wire to suit applications from cryogenic to 1325C. Our products are used in many applications across OEM and Test & Measurement markets, for transducer manufacture and stress analysis. Browse our extensive range online or call the office for more information. Custom strain gauge patterns are also available within reasonable timescales. We offer many equivalent strain gauges to Vishay, HBM,TML and Kyowa. Over 60 million strain gauges are manufactured per year by one of our suppliers that are installed in over 1 million loadcells (accuracies up to C6) and sensor elements. Strain gauges are available with self-temperature compensation (STC matching) or modulus compensation. Custom designs of strain gauges can be supplied to customer specifications. Where self-temperature compensated strain gauges are used, a wide range of balco or nickel resistors are available for modulus compensation. A range of adhesives is available, suitable for transducer manufacture – with operating temperatures of -269 to +260°C – and room & lower temperature curing adhesives for stress analysis.
Transducer & Stress Analysis Gauges
A range of transducer and stress analysis gauges covering all popular patterns and gauge lengths. Encapsulated and leaded options are available. Self temperature compensation (STC matching) and creep matching are available on many of the gauges.
Encapsulated & Waterproof Strain Gauges
The waterproof strain gauges are specifically designed for moist/humid environments and are durable for long or short term monitoring applications for highway, rail, marine and structures. Temperature range: -40°C to +82°C. Our weldable waterproof strain gauges are foil strain gauges bonded onto stainless steel shims, pre-wired and protected with a moulded waterproofing material. The stainless steel shim permits easy field installation with any conventional capacitive discharge spot welder (50 watt-second typical). All quality checks are done in a controlled environment with 100% water immersion testing. Pressure checks can be made to 500 psi on certain models.
High Temperature Strain Gauges
Covering the range 200C to 1325C offering strain gauges in a variety of configurations and mounting methods. Foil strain gauges can be supplied for up to 700C and wire gauges are used up to and sometimes beyond 1350C. We also offer a full installation service for these products.
Weldable Strain Gauges
Pre-mounted strain gauges that are mounted by micro spot welds for rapid installation. Available in a wide range of configurations, gauge types and temperature ranges.
Stock Strain Gauges
Regularly used strain gauge patterns held in UK stock for 24-48 hour delivery. The gauge selection available covers linear, shear, double shear, tee-rosette and full bridge designs. A choice of several gauge lengths is available. A variety of wire high temperature gauges are also stocked.
Strain Gauge Installation
Installation of strain gauges on transducers and test components can be carried out by our expert technicians. Facilities for flame spraying ceramic rod (Rokide), ceramic powder and metal powder are available for installation of gauges up to 1325C.
Strain Gauge Accessories
A wide range of accessories for the successful installation of strain gauges including epoxy and cyanoacrylate adhesives; silicon, acrylic and mastic protective coatings; leadwires, terminals, cables and surface preparation materials.
Strain Gauge Instrumentation
Test instrumentation for strain gauges and their installation to check continuity, resistance and installation resistance. Several amplifiers for single and multi-channel systems can be provided. Bridge completion networks for quarter and half bridge are available.
Data Acquisition Systems
From single channel to 2000+ channels are available from our range of signal conditioning and data logging systems. Amplification, filtering and maths functions are options. Battery powered and wireless systems suitable for remote logging are offered.