Still Confused: Strain Gauge interfacing

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by aamirali, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. aamirali

    Thread Starter Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Besides couple of threads I had started I have still some confusion regarding it.
    I am rephrasing my query to make it more clear.

    Figures may vary from previous thread & please correct me where I am wrong.

    I have used a strain gauge with following specs:
    Gauge factor = 2
    Unstrained resistance = 1000ohm
    max strain = 50000ue

    I have attached the schematic.

    1. I have connected 5V to wheatstone brigde & kept other three resistors as 1000ohm.

    2. total percentage change in resistance = gauge factor * strain = 2*50000*10^-6 = 6%.
    So total chnage in resistance = 60ohm.

    3. I have connected a microcontroller to read the voltage. With 1 ohm change in strain gauge I read 1.249mV.

    I don't know how I can calculate weight from it. There must be some mathematical realtionship between them.
    How can I get with millivolts so much strain is produced or so muck kg of weight is applied.
  2. ericgibbs

    Senior Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Usually a typical load cell bridge is rated at say 2mV signal per 1V of excitation, also the maximum weight is specified; 10Kg max, 2mV/V with say 5Vdc excitation 10mV out for 10Kg load.

    Is this what you are asking.??

    One way would be to use calibrated weights and a fixed Vx, say 5V or 10V and produce a graph of mV out versus weight

    Your posted diagram is too small to read..
  3. sirch2

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    What is the gauge attached to and how is it loaded (e.g. as a cantilever beam)? The relationship you are after depends on the Modulus of Elasticity of the material being loaded and how you load it.
  4. t06afre

    AAC Fanatic!

    May 11, 2009
    Can you please tell us exactly what you are trying to do please!!!. Like what kind of setup do you have in mind. Feel more than welcome to use any illustration or photo. Before you do this it is hard to give propper help, or any other advice. It could be that your project is not viable. And in such case it is better to pull the plugg now and not later