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Kistler is offering a range of lightweight miniature accelerometers for automotive component durability testing.

The accelerometers can be used throughout all phases of the new-vehicle research and development and manufacturing process to test the critical automotive parts found in engine mounts, rear and front suspensions, steering assemblies, exhaust mounts, bushings, transmissions and drivelines, as well as within fully instrumented new-vehicle prototypes during both on-round and laboratory-simulated testing.

According to the company, the transducers play a key role in helping automotive engineers to better understand how interrelated vehicle components and systems structurally behave over time and in different environments.

Available products

Type 8703A and 8705A Piezostar accelerometers

  • These are typically specified for highly accelerated life test (HALT), highly accelerated stress screening (HASS), environmental stress screening (ESS) and other related areas of automotive evaluations.
  • The accelerometers are used inside of the test chamber as it runs through temperature changes and on components and subassemblies themselves.

Type 8766A Piezostar accelerometers

  • These lightweight, miniature triaxial sensors are able to provide simultaneous shock and vibration measurements in three orthogonal axes with excellent stability and performance.
  • They are particularly suitable for use in environments where the lowest possible mass with the highest possible frequency response are required.
  • Available in measurement ranges of ±50g, ±250g and ±500g, each low-noise Type 8766A incorporates high-gain internal hybrid microelectronics and is designed to operate reliably over a wide dynamic frequency range, with low-sensitivity variations over its operating temperature range of high immunity to base strain errors.

Type 8763B accelerometers

  • These miniature triaxial IEPE accelerometers provide simultaneous shock and vibration measurements on three mutually perpendicular axes with optional TEDS.
  • Available in ranges from ±50g to ±2,000g and in sensitivities from 100mV/g to 2.5mV/g, each low-noise Type 8763B incorporates Kistler’s own shear element sensing technology, ensuring high base strain immunity, packaged in a lightweight, hermetically sealed titanium housing.
  • Models are rugged to ±5,000g shock and feature a wide per-axis frequency response, making them suitable for the automotive component durability testing of lightweight structures, particularly within larger-channel applications.

K-Beam accelerometers

  • These MEMS variable capacitance accelerometers are specified for high-precision, low-frequency structural analysis and vibration measurements of automotive components, subassemblies and other critical structures.
  • The K-Beam series is offered in ranges from ±2g to ±200g and with frequency response from DC (steady state) to 1,000Hz (±5 per cent).
  • These compact, lightweight accelerometers are available in single-axis (Type 8315) or triaxial (Type 8395A) versions and incorporate the use of a MEMS variable capacitance sensing element, consisting of a small inertial mass and flexure element sandwiched between two electrodes.
  • All sensors offer excellent thermal stability and reliability over temperatures of -55°C to +125°C, with ±6,000gpk shock survivability.

Kistler Instruments

Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 23 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1,000, the Kistler Group is one of the world’s leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation.

Kistler’s core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration.  Kistler’s know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analyzing physical processes, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.

Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.

Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world’s first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.

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