Code of Practice - for the installation of Electrical Resistance Strain Gauges
An updated 2009 edition of the Code of Practice for Strain Gauge Installation has been produced following an extensive review of the original 1992 document, including consultation with experienced Practitioners.
The characteristics and performance of electrical resistance strain gauges are covered by several standards, none of which has universal international recognition. These standards include BS 6888 (UK), NAS 942 (USA), VDI/VDE 2635 and OIML recommendation Number 62. However, none of the standards however describe methods of installation, and it had been left to manufacturers and suppliers to provide appropriate information. Whilst good quality information is provided, it inevitably reflects commercial interests.
The Code of Practice provides best practice guidelines for the installation of electrical resistance strain gauges. Strain gauges are usually installed as sensing elements in transducers, or for the purpose of acquiring strain data for stress analysis. The British Society for Strain Measurement believes that it is of benefit to users to have a Code of Practice for strain gauge installation which is universally agreed.
The Code of Practice is not intended as an instruction manual and does not therefore provide all of the information necessary to complete a strain gauge installation. The code does not purport to address all of the safety regulations associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user to establish local Health and Safety requirements prior to the strain gauge installation.