Strain Gauges

What is a Strain Gauge?

A strain gauge is a type of sensor which measures the strain and force on an item in which the resistance varies depending on the applied force. The gauge is applied to an item and deforms as the electrical resistance changes, this particular change is also known as the 'gauge factor'. You can learn more in our complete guide to strain gauges.

How do Strain Gauges work?

Strain Gauges measure the strain or force of an item by uniquely converting either force, pressure, tension and weight into a change in electrical resistance which then can be measured. This is made possible by the Strain Gauge changing shape with the material it is measuring, as the material will change shape when a force or load is imposed upon it.

There are many different varieties of strain gauges, the most popular are listed below:

  • General Purpose Precision Strain Gauges
  • Transducer Quality Strain Gauges
  • Karma Strain Gauges
  • Bonded Foil Strain Gauges

What are Load Cells?

Load cells, also called load cell transducers, are vital components in most industrial weighing systems on processes. Load Cells essentially measure weight in the form of directional force, typically via a combination of spring elements and strain gauges which converts the weight measurement into an electrical output.

More can be found in our guide to Load Cells here

Features and Benefits

  • Can be used on various products, such as keypads, medical devices and automotive products,
  • Affixed to an object with epoxy or glue,
  • Suitable for long-term installation
  • Easy to install and often waterproof too

Applications of Strain Gauges and Load Cells

  • Automotive, marine and aerospace design
  • Building and architecture, including bridge, weighbridges and tunnel construction
  • Industrial engineering and weighing
  • Torque measurement in motors, turbines, engines, fans, generators, wheels, and propellers
  • Experimental stress analysis

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Description Price Force Measured Force/ Load Measurement Range Gauge Resistance Series Sensor Type Terminal Type IP Rating Maximum DC Voltage Housing Material Length Gauge Length Width Depth Minimum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 204-2772
BrandRS PRO
kr 5 831,11
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Compression 20kg - - - - IP66 - Stainless Steel - - 20mm 12mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2766
BrandRS PRO
kr 4 227,13
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Compression 1000kg - - - - IP66 - Stainless Steel 130mm - 31.8mm 31.8mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2768
BrandRS PRO
kr 1 503,08
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Compression 300kg - - - - IP66 - Alloy Steel 62.1mm - 80mm 18mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2770
BrandRS PRO
kr 1 189,72
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Compression 30kg - - - - IP66 - Aluminium 150mm - 40mm 25mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2765
BrandRS PRO
kr 3 444,74
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Compression 250kg - - - - IP66 - Stainless Steel 120mm - - 20mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2764
BrandRS PRO
kr 2 818,12
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Compression 50 kg, 1000kg - - - - IP66 - Stainless Steel 76mm - 54mm 25.4mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2771
BrandRS PRO
kr 1 878,75
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Compression 500kg - - - - IP66 - Aluminium 174mm - 60mm 64mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2767
BrandRS PRO
kr 689,03
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Compression 0.6 kg, 3kg - - - - IP66 - Aluminium 110mm - 33mm 10mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 204-2773
BrandRS PRO
kr 7 046,16
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Compression, Tension 50kg - - - - IP66 - Stainless Steel - - 25.4mm 37mm -20°C
RS Stock No. 443-8320
Mfr. Part No.1250-1000-F000-RS
kr 3 470,65
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Compression 1000kg - - Single Point Wire Lead IP65 - Aluminium 75.8mm - - 80.4mm -10°C
RS Stock No. 443-8128
Mfr. Part No.1042-0003-F000-RS
kr 1 737,07
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Compression 3kg - - S Type Wire Lead IP66 - Aluminium 40mm - - 20mm -10°C
RS Stock No. 189-5562
Mfr. Part No.SS-U-N-S-00009
BrandI.E.E.
kr 211,42
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Compression, Tension - >1MΩ - Low Profile - - - - 48.8mm - 11.7mm - -30°C
RS Stock No. 206-0307
Mfr. Part No.0355-0100-G300-RS
kr 3 945,59
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Compression 100kg - - Low Profile Wire Lead IP68 - Stainless Steel - - - - -10°C
RS Stock No. 206-8632
Mfr. Part No.MODEL3510-1000-C2
kr 4 267,96
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Compression 1000kg - - Low Profile Wire Lead IP68 - Stainless Steel 32mm - - 32mm -10°C
RS Stock No. 893-7398
Mfr. Part No.FX1901-0001-0100-L
kr 496,28
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Compression 45.4kg - - - Wire Lead - - Plastic - - - - 0°C
RS Stock No. 206-0262
Mfr. Part No.0240-0020-E002
kr 6 508,44
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Compression 20kg - - Single Point Wire Lead IP66 - Steel 115mm - - 80mm -10°C
RS Stock No. 893-7395
Mfr. Part No.FC2231-0000-0050-L
kr 998,65
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Compression 22.67kg - - - Wire Lead - - Plastic - - - - -40°C
RS Stock No. 414-0821
Mfr. Part No.1004-00.3-JW00-RS
kr 652,05
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Compression 0.3kg - - Single Point Wire Lead IP66 - Aluminium 33mm - - 10mm +5°C
RS Stock No. 189-5590
Mfr. Part No.SS-U-N-S-00039
BrandI.E.E.
kr 258,23
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Compression, Tension - >1MΩ - Low Profile - - - - 63.7mm - 27.8mm - -30°C
RS Stock No. 632-736
Mfr. Part No.505H-0002-F070
kr 5 065,04
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Compression 2kg - - Single Point Screw IP65 - Aluminium 63mm - - 26.25mm -10°C