strain gauge help

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  1. giovi1514

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    hello, hopefully you guys can help me i am a bit stuck and i am sure that it is something simple i am missing.

    basically i want to build a circuit with a strain gauge so that i have a pressure sensitive kill switch. the strain gauge will be used to detect pressure applied to a steal rod and activate a separate circuit which will cause a engine to cut out for 75ms once the pressure has been detected. however i am having trouble finding a way to make the strain gauge circuit in to a on/off one. as i said i am sure that it is something simple i am missing.

    the strain gauge is in a wheatstone bridge and is connected to a 12v dc battery however anything apart from the strain gauge can be changed to achieve the desired result. budget is a factor though

    hopefully you can understand what i am trying to explain.
  2. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    And after the engine stops for 75 milliseconds, what? Ignore the strain gauge?
  3. Dodgydave

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 22, 2012
    Use an op amp to amplify the output or use a Differential amp

  4. giovi1514

    Thread Starter New Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    ah, thanks that is perfect i knew i had missed something simple.

    unfortunately i have ran into another problem the circuit i was going to use to cut the engine (by grounding the coils) does not work. does anyone know of a circuit i can use?all i needs is a variable time of 50-100ms which can be acheaven anyway something simple like changing a capacitor would be best though

    basically i am making a diy quickshifter for my motorbike (because i am a cheapskate and have more time then money :) ) when pressure is applied to the shift lever the engine will cut out for x amount of time allowing for much quicker gear changes there is a lot of videos on youtube if you want to have a look.

    Thanks again

    the bike is a sv650 btw
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  5. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
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