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Review of Potential Wind Tunnel Balance TechnologiesThis manuscript reviews design, manufacture, materials, sensors, and data acquisition technologies that may benefit wind tunnel balances for the aerospace research community. Current state-of-the-art practices are used as the benchmark to consider advancements driven by researcher and facility needs. Additive manufacturing is highlighted as a promising alternative technology to conventional fabrication and has the potential to reduce both the cost and time required to manufacture force balances. Material alternatives to maraging steels are reviewed. Sensor technologies including piezoresistive, piezoelectric, surface acoustic wave, and fiber optic are compared to traditional foil based gages to highlight unique opportunities and shared challenges for implementation in wind tunnel environments. Finally, data acquisition systems that could be integrated into force balances are highlighted as a way to simplify the user experience and improve data quality. In summary, a rank ordering is provided to support strategic investment in exploring the technologies reviewed in this manuscript.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Burns, Devin E.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Williams, Quincy L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Phillips, Ben D.
(Universities Space Research Association Hampton, VA, United States)
Commo, Sean A.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Ponder, Jonathon D.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
July 19, 2016
Publication Date
May 16, 2016
Subject Category
Instrumentation And Photography
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Symposium on Strain-Gage Balances
Location: Mianyang
Country: China
Start Date: May 16, 2016
End Date: May 19, 2016
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS AETC.01.02.05
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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