How are 3D load cells used on vehicles?

Load cells are transducers that convert an applied force into measured electrical signal. They are also used to track the changes in this force over time. Some applications require two, or more, 3D load cells to be used at a time, which is done in order to measure moments.

Three axis load cells measure forces in three perpendicular directions at the same time. They come in one compact package, making it easy to use in a variety of applications.

3D Load Cell Applications:

Michigan Scientific’s three axis load cells come in different sizes and capacities to measure moments and forces. They have several testing applications; many of which involve vehicles.

Suspension Force

For example, 3D load cells can be used to measure suspension forces.

Suspension systems include tires, springs, shock absorbers, and linkages. It allows for relative motion between the wheels and the vehicle frame, while also supporting ride quality and handling.

Durable suspension systems is especially important in the auto racing industry. The difference between winning and losing can be measured in fractions of a second. If a vehicle’s suspension is not tuned properly, it may be put at a disadvantage over a competitor. During testing, load cells are used to measure suspension loads. They gather data for simulations to help design the suspension and chassis.

Powertrain Forces

Three axis load cells are also used to measure engine mount forces, strut mount forces, and transmission forces. 3D load cells measure the true vector force reacted by the vehicle body without changing the the position of the powertrain with respect to the frame. This is important for designing strong vehicle body and mounts.

Michigan Scientific’s 3D load cells are durable and accurate. They are available in different capacities ranging from 250 to 100k lbs. The accuracy and durability of these load cells serve as a testament to the fact that Michigan Scientific has been manufacturing high quality 3D load cells for over 30 years.