Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 160–163 | Cite as

A transversely suspended accelerometer

  • J. A. Gilbert
  • N. Li
  • R. R. Gauthier


This paper describes a transversely suspended accelerometer (TSA) designed to measure acceleration at low frequency with high sensitivity in the vicinity of a strong magnetic field. The TSA is a simple diffraction-limited imagepositioning device capable of measuring constant (DC) and variable (AC) acceleration simultaneously in two perpendicular directions. It has a resonant frequency of 5.2 Hz (33 rad/s), a range of 0 to 20 mG, a sensitivity of 25 μG and a spatial resolution better than one measurement per four cubic millimeters. Steps taken to design, calibrate and test the TSA are described, and a brief description of one potential application for using the device as a gravitometer is presented.

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Dynamic testing instruments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Gilbert
    • 1
  • N. Li
    • 1
  • R. R. Gauthier
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville

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