Below are a list of technical definitions that are fundamental for the understanding of how Binsfeld's wireless torque telemetry works.
Strain is a unitless measurement of how much an object deforms due to an applied force.
- Strain = Change in length / Starting length =
Poisson's Ratio is a material-specific constant that relates the transverse deformation (strain) to axial deformation (strain).
- Poisson Ratio = (axial strain) / (transverse strain) =
- Typical Poisson's Ratio for shafts
- Steel = .3
- Aluminum = .32
Polar Moment of Inertia
The moment of inertia is a measure of an object's ability to resist a change in rotational direction. The Polar Moment of Inertia is used when analyzing the ability of objects to resist torsion (or twisting) specifically.
- The units of the Polar Moment of Inertia is or
- Typical Polar Moment of Inertia for shafts:
- Solid Shaft:
- Hollow Shaft (Tube):
Young's Modulus of Elasticity
Young's Modulus of Elasticity is a material-specific constant that predicts how much a material is going to deform (strain) under a certain stress.
- Young's Modulus is in the same units as stress (Newtons / square meter or Pounds / square inch)
- Typical Young's Modulus Values for shafts:
- Steel = 30,000,000 psi
- Aluminum = 10,000,000 psi
A wheatstone bridge is a circuit with 4 resistors connected in parallel. The bridge is "Excited" with an input voltage (Vex), and the output voltage (Vo) can be sensed to a high degree of accuracy. A typical schematic and equation relating these two voltages are shown below:
Torque transducers convert mechanical energy to electrical energy. Common examples include a load cell and a strain gage.
Torque is the measure of a twisting force that causes an object to rotate about a point. The equation is as follows:
- Torque = Force x (Distance force applied from a point)
- The units of torque measurement are typically Newton-meters or inch-pounds.
Power is the rate in which energy is being expended (or work is being done).
- Power = Work / Time = Force x distance / time = Force x Velocity
- Units are typically in Watts or Horsepower
Stress is the measurement of the amount of force per area:
- Stress = Force / Area
Alternatively, stress can be calculated using "Hooke's Law", which combines strain and modulus into the equation below:
- Stress = Young's Modulus * Strain
The units of stress measurement are Newtons/square meter or lbs/square inch.
For a shaft, it is sometimes desired to calculate the torsional stress caused at the surface of the shaft due to an applied torque. This is found by using the following equation:
- τ = T*R / J
- T = Twisting moment
- R = Radius of shaft
- J = Polar Moment of Inertia of the shaft cross section