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Calculate horizontal and vertical force components

  1. Apr 17, 2015 #1
    I have a construction containing two force sensors.


    The sensors are not able to divide the force into components. If a force is applied that ´tips´ the upper plate, I was wondering if it was then possible to divide the force into horizontal and vertical components?

    Maybe using the difference between the readings of the sensors?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
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  3. Apr 17, 2015 #2

    jack action

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    What this set up will be able to measure is the moment applied to the tipping plate, which may or may not be due to a horizontal force component (It could be a horizontal displacement of a vertical force for example).

    But if you design your geometry right for a particular application, it can be used the way you intend. Just do a free body diagram.
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