All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional. The 4-day Strain Analysis course provides an introduction to electrical resistance strain gauges and the associated circuits for strain measurement and transducer applications. It covers the installation of foil gauges using cyanoacrylate and epoxy adhesives, inspection of installations, the measurement of strain and load, and the use of rosettes to determine principal values. The course uses lectures, demonstrations and practical tasks to provide participants with a good understanding of electrical resistance strain gauges, the selection and use of gauges and circuits for strain measurement and transducer applications, the positioning of gauges, and the methods used to install and test gauges and circuits. Some previous strain gauge experience is desirable. Hands-on sessions form an important element of the course and it is therefore necessary to restrict the group size to about 10. The course provides an appropriate preparation for certification at Level 3. All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
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