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In Space everything is weightless, but we use Loadcells in Aerospace

In Space everything is weightless, but we use Loadcells in Aerospace

The lack of Gravity in Space means that objects have no weight. The traditional and more common use for a load cell is to be used in platform scales to determine the weight of various substances.

Although this use is not applicable in aerospace – there are plenty of other applications load cells are used for in this industry.

Did you know that products such as load cells, load pins, force sensing bolts and tension links are being used in Aerospace applications and have been for decades now? Load cells in Aerospace are used to support new aircraft and space craft hardware designs, assemblies testing and control.

The range of applications for load cells in aerospace is vast. From the more modest applications including simple force measurements to much bigger and grander applications – for example the NASA capsule parachute assembly system and everything in between. With so many applications which use load cells – we thought you’d be interested to hear about a few.

Typical uses for load cells in Aerospace

You may be surprised at some of the applications that use load cells in aerospace.

·         Landing gear pin joints

·         Wing attachments

·         Engine/ wing interface forces

·         Flap/slat/aileron forces

·         Mars rover development

·         Cowl forces

·         Parachute deployment forces

·         Internal engine forces

·         Bolt preload measurement and control

·         Satellite antenna forces

·         Integration with separation bolts

·         Solar array attachments

·         Interstage attachments

·         Telescope support measurement

Strainsert load cells

Many of these applications for load cells in aerospace are solved by products from our supplier Strainsert. As an authorised UK distributor for Strainsert, Ixthus Instrumentation are here to help with your Aerospace application. 

Take a look at the Strainsert Load cells on our website

Are you using Load Cells in Aerospace Applications? We’d be interested to hear from you.

For more information on Strainsert load cells and load cell applications contact us 01327 353437 or email

For more information please contact: Ixthus Instrumentation Email: Tel:+44 (0) 1327  353437 Fax: +44 (0) 1327 353564

Article date: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:52:42 +0100 GMT

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