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Kistler launches the world's largest piezoelectric 3-component force sensor

With a measuring range of up to 450kN in the Z axis and 100kN in the X and Y axes, Kistler's Type 9397C 3-component force sensor offers a unique measuring capacity.

This, the largest sensor of its type in the world, is the ideal choice for large-scale measurement tasks such as capturing impact forces in crash tests. The Swiss pioneer of piezoelectric measurement technology specializes in ready-to-use custom solutions that can also cope with extremely high measurement ranges.

Kistler piezoelectric 3-component force sensors are used to measure dynamic and quasistatic tensile and compression forces, especially where small variations need to be detected. Being very rigid, the high natural frequencies makes the measurement of the smallest dynamic changes to very large forces in all three directions with high precision and excellent reliability. The sensors are fully calibrated and pre- loaded on delivery and can be installed straight from the box.

Typical applications include:

Aircraft Landing Gear

An Aircraft Landing Gear Drop Test simulates the forces acting on the landing gear as the aircraft lands on the runway. In this test, the entire landing gear is raised to a specified height, the wheel accelerated and dropped onto a dynamometer of four sensors for simultaneous measurements of the forces up to 900kN Fz and 400kN Fx/y.?

High Speed Train Crash Wall
A unique crash wall for high speed trains installed in China in 2017 has a measuring range 20 times greater than the crash walls used by the automotive industry.

Spacecraft Payload
Spacecraft payloads such as telescopes and electronic instruments are subjected to strong quasistatic and mechanical-dynamic forces during the test phases of space flight programs.

To qualify the structures for space flight, vibration and shock test rigs are used to simulate the vibration levels during the load tests. The Force-Limited Vibration Testing method is used to restrict the force applied and prevent damage to payloads because of excessive forces. To achieve this, 3-component force sensors are integrated on the interface between the shaker and the payload.

The unique Type 9397C 3-component force sensor from Kistler simplifies high impact and vibration testing in a wide variety of applications.

About the Kistler Group
Kistler is the global leader in dynamic measurement technology for measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Cutting-edge technologies provide the basis for Kistler's modular solutions.
Customers in industry and science benefit from Kistler's experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure a sustainable competitive edge. The owner-managed Swiss company's unique sensor technology plays a key role in the evolution of automobile development and industrial automation, as well as in numerous emerging sectors. With a broad knowledge of applications and an absolute commitment to quality, Kistler is making an important contribution to the further development of current megatrends. This includes topics such as electrified drive technology, automated and connected driving, emission reduction and Industry 4.0.
Some 2 200 employees at more than 60 locations worldwide are dedicated to developing new solutions and offer customized service for individual applications. Since its founding in 1959, the Kistler Group has grown along with its customers, generating sales of CHF 466 million in 2019. Approximately 8% of this went back into research and technology and thus into achieving better results for all our customers.

For more information, please contact :-

Kistler Instruments Ltd.
13 Murrell Green Business Park, London Road, Hook RG27 9GR
Tel: +44 (0)1256 741550
Fax: +44 (0)1256 741551

June 2020

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