The Principles of Accelerometers

  • Anthony Lawrence
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


In this chapter we consider acceleration measurement and examine the dynamic behavior of a common accelerometer, the mass-spring second-order model, describing its responses to an impulse and to a sustained periodic driving force. We will describe open-and closed-loop (servoed) instruments and the types of servos they can use. We will also mention the principles of two new accelerometers, the surface wave and fiber-optic types.


Surface Acoustic Wave Proof Mass Hinge Axis Inertial Technology Input Axis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Lawrence
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  1. 1.LunenbergUSA

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