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Miniature reaction torque sensor

Applied Measurements provided Mocean Energy with a YDNS miniature reaction torque sensor and a SGA strain gauge amplifier to be used in their 1/50th scale wave energy converter.  Mocean Energy is 1 of 20 teams competing in the Wave Energy Prize, sponsored by the US Department of Energy.

The Wave Energy Prize aims to promote the development of more wave energy converters, which they hope will reduce the cost of wave energy and make it more competitive with traditional forms of energy.  Mocean Energy’s 1/50th scale model will be tested and evaluated in a wave tank in the US for a prize of $1.5 million.  Their full scale version aims to convert wave force into electricity.

YDNS Miniature Reaction Torque Sensor
Capacities: 0-0.2Nm to 0-1000Nm
1.3mV/V Output
Non-Linearity: <±0.1%/Rated Capacity
Very Compact Size
Low Cost
Suitable for Low Torque Measurements
Static or Semi-Rotary Applications

Its compact size and in-line direct drive measurement capability meant it could easily be housed within the waterproof enclosure of the 1/50th scale wave energy converter.  What’s more, the versatile YDNS miniature reaction torque sensor can also be supplied with custom shaft sizes and configurations to suit your application.

How was it used in the wave energy converter?
Mocean Energy’s innovative wave energy converter is a hinged raft where 2 bodies are connected by a hinge.  The wave force creates relative motion between the bodies about the hinge.  This motion drives the power take off system, which in the full scale model, converts the kinetic energy into electricity.  The 1/50th scale model aims to replicate the damping torque of the power-take-off system and measure the power dissipated through the hinge.

To take the torque readings a YDNS miniature reaction torque sensor is connected to the motor with a coupling.  When the wave force creates motion between the bodies, the rotation of the hinge (flex) applies a torque through the miniature torque sensor which turns the motor shaft.  The torque sensor’s output signal is conditioned by an SGA strain gauge amplifier into a high-level ±10Vdc industry-standard signal ready for evaluation by a data acquisition system.

SGA load cell amplifier
The YDNS miniature reaction torque sensor was calibrated with a SGA high performance strain gauge amplifier and enclosure to provide a complete torque measuring system. The SGA strain gauge amplifier, was the perfect choice for this low torque measuring application as it is capable of dealing with very low-level input signals from as low as 0.06mV/V and amplifying them into a stable, high-level industry standard process signals such as ±5Vdc, 0-10Vdc and 4-20mA.

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Applied Measurements

Applied Measurements offers a comprehensive range of loadcells, force sensors, weighing systems, pressure sensors, torque transducers, LVDTs and displacement transducers along with associated instrumentation.

Applied Measurements offers a comprehensive range of loadcells, force sensors, weighing systems, pressure sensors, torque transducers, LVDTs and displacement transducers along with associated instrumentation.

UKAS-traceable calibration can also be offered on all of our sensors and systems. We specialise in the manufacture of non-standard products and if one of our standard sensors is not exactly right for your application then we can design and build a customised product, tailored precisely to fit your requirements.

All products that we supply are backed up by our extensive in-house expertise and our standard three-year warranty.

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