Articles

January 10, 2021
Data costs money, of that there is no doubt. Often a prime driver in acquiring data is the bottom-line cost. What is rarely asked is the value of data. It never ceases to amaze me how often test...
January 7, 2021
“What happens if I shake this can?” For more than 30 years we have been using typical carbonated drinks cans for simple experiments with strain gauges. The most common test is to bond...
November 10, 2020
All naval vessels are required to be able to tow, and be towed. A towline cable can carry thousands of pounds of tension as vessels pitch and roll through rough seas in extreme conditions. Overload...
October 29, 2020
Strain gauge failures – why do they happen, and how can you avoid them? Strain gauges are incredibly reliable devices. Installed using the right products and best-practice with a full...
October 17, 2020
"The resistance strain gage, because of its unique operational characteristics, has dominated the transducer field for the past eighty years or so.”  Escape Velocity from Earth is...
October 6, 2020
Collecting samples from Mars and bringing them back to Earth is a historic undertaking that starts with the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. The rover will collect samples and leave them ready...
October 2, 2020
The first foil strain gauges were invented by Peter Scott Jackson of Saunders Roe, an aerospace company in the UK, out of necessity. Stronger and lighter designs required accurate, reliable data and...
September 24, 2020
If we had a stress analyst’s motto, it might well be: The Pursuit of Excellence. What does that really mean in plain, everyday language? It simply means that we try to do the best job possible...
September 23, 2020
Project performed by Stress-tek, Inc. July 2020. Lifting mass into orbit is one of the more challenging concepts of space travel. A satellite in low earth orbit will perform the additively...
September 23, 2020
Onsite analysis performed by Stress-tek, Inc. August 2020. The BE-4 Blue Origin rocket engine delivers 550,000 lb. of thrust at sea level using seven engine nozzles to make up the rocket motor....