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Uses of Load Cells in Aerospace Applications

Uses of Load Cells in Aerospace Applications

Load cells are an ideal choice for aerospace applications.

They have uses throughout the different stages of development within the Aerospace industry and can offer many benefits depending on the application and the load cell selected.

Load cells are well suited to aerospace applications for both commercial and military applications. There are four main areas for load cell use.

Load Cells for Initial Design and Building in Aerospace

Load cells are used for testing of generic components which are used within the aircraft. These can be things like cockpit instruments, air craft flaps and even seatbelts. Very often for these types of applications a standard load cell can be used. The load cells are used to test attributes including force endurance levels, strength and longevity of components. This testing is vital for all aircrafts to ensure the safety of the air craft and its passenger’s safety.

Load cells for Pre-Flight, Structural and Fatigue testing in Aerospace

Load cells are used to validate an air craft design and to ensure that the specific criteria are met during the design process. This is important as it ensures that the air craft is structurally sound for the environment it will be exposed to. Load cells are used to test the integrity of the frame structure and the endurance life cycles.

Load cells for In-Flight Testing and Monitoring in Aerospace

During in-flight testing, load cells are used to test and monitor the structural forces on the airframe. Bolts and pins which are used on some of the critical points of airframes are able to be redesigned, fabricated and calibrated enabling them to perform as load cells , this can be used to ensure that the structural integrity of the airframe is maintained throughout journeys.

Load cells for Flight-Qualified Force Monitoring and Control Applications

Load cells are used in the monitoring of flight control systems. This takes place after the new builds and aircraft designs are approved for performance and pass all necessary tests. In both commercial and military flights, load cells can be used for flight control system monitoring.

In commercial flights, strain gauged load cells are used for pilot force input, this data is sent to the Flight Data Recorder, also known as the “black box” on the aircraft. Load cells are also used on commercial flights to measure the pilot’s touch on the control stick.

In military aircrafts, strain gauged load cells are highly customised so that they can be used in extreme applications including in-flight tanker re-fuelling operations which leaves the load cell exposed to harsh environment conditions during flight. The system which the load cell is part of is used to track the air craft during re-fuelling and the load cell measures the force exerted.   

Aerospace Load Cells from Ixthus

We have a range of load cells from Strainsert which are approved for Aerospace applications. Contact us for more information on these load cells or for any products in our catalogue. 01327 353437 or

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

Article date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:45:41 +0000 GMT

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