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How to Waterproof a Strain Gage?

  1. Sep 14, 2015 #1
    Hello all,

    Our project needs to implement a force (strain) gage underwater for one of our tests. Our budget is pretty tight and we can't afford a wash-down strain gage that can support the forces that we will be operating at (~500 lbs).

    Does anybody know a way to hermetically seal a strain gage and that doesn't interfere with the data? Or possibly a vendor that sells them for cheap?

    Any help is welcome. Thanks!
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2015 #2

    DEvens

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    Just a thought, but does the strain gauge actually have to be in water? Could you have it in some kind of balloon or something? I don't know the details of your test. Can you simply have the strain gauge some how kept dry through some simple thing like a plastic bag or latex balloon or some such dodge? Maybe you can use shrink wrap that shrinks using a heat gun?

    How sensitive is your test to the possibility of contamination? Could you use plasticene or some such thing? How much water pressure does the "water proofing" need to withstand?

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  4. Sep 14, 2015 #3

    Nidum

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    A force gauge and a strain gauge are different things - what do you actually need to measure ?

    What is pressure and temperature of water to be sealed against ???
     
  5. Sep 14, 2015 #4
    As long as the pressure is not too high, and the base material you are measuring is stiff (e.g. metal), you can probably overcoat the strain gage in silicone RTV without affecting the strain reading too much.
     
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