Aerospace

Aerospace Applications

 

Load Cells

 

Load cells are used in various aerospace applications for measuring forces such as thrust, weight, torque, and aerodynamic loads. Some examples of how they are used include.

Thrust Measurement –monitors the force exerted by the engine, providing crucial data for assessing the engine performance, fuel consumption, and intended trajectory.

Weight Monitoring – measures the weight of the aircraft during takeoff, flight, and landing and aids in determining fuel requirements, and cargo capacity, and ensuring the aircraft operates within safe weight limits.

Aerodynamic Testing – measures the forces acting on the test models accurately helping the engineers optimize the design of aircraft and spacecraft for improved performance and stability.

Structural Health Monitoring – by monitoring loads in real-time, engineers can identify potential structural weaknesses or fatigue and take preventive measures to ensure the integrity and safety of the aircraft.

 

Accelerometers and Inclinometers

 

Accelerometers and inclinometers are essential sensors used in aerospace applications for measuring acceleration, tilt, orientation, and vibration. Some examples of how they are used include.

Flight Control Systems: measuring the acceleration forces acting on the aircraft in multiple axes (typically pitch, roll, and yaw) which is crucial for autopilot systems to maintain stability, adjust control surfaces, and stabilize the aircraft or spacecraft during flight.

Navigation and Guidance Systems: Inertial navigation systems (INS) rely on accelerometers and inclinometers to track the vehicle’s position, velocity, and orientation without external references (such as GPS). The sensors help determine the aircraft’s trajectory, attitude, and heading.

Aircraft and Spacecraft Testing: used during the testing and development phases of aircraft to analyze performance, validate computer simulations, and assess structural loads allowing engineers to fine-tune designs, optimize control algorithms, and ensure compliance with safety standards and operational requirements.

Structural Health Monitoring: Accelerometers are used for structural health monitoring of aircraft and spacecraft components, detecting vibrations and dynamic loads experienced by various parts of the vehicle during flight, helping engineers assess structural integrity, detect fatigue, and identify potential failure points.

Sherborne Sensors offers a variety of products to support the inclination, acceleration, and force measurements needed for aerospace applications. We work with engineers to determine the most appropriate product for our clients; providing their customers with the data needed to confirm product or platform compliance with applicable regulations and standards.

For more information on any of our sensors and applications, please contact us.