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Vibrating Wire Anchor Load Cells

Vibrating Wire, Anchor Load Cell, Geosense,VWLC 5000Geosense® VWLC 5000 series Vibrating Wire Anchor Load Cells consist of a cylinder of high strength steel with 3 to 6 vibrating wire strain sensors (depending on capacity) mounted parallel to the longitudinal axis arranged equidistant around the circumference to measure the compression of the cylinder under load.

They are manufactured with a centre hole to accommodate anchors, rock bolts and tendons.
With the multi sensor configuration it is possible to obtain accurate readings under mildly eccentric loading conditions as the sensors are read individually.

The readings from the individual sensors are averaged and when used in conjunction with a calibration factor, supplied with each cell, allow the applied load to be calculated.In multi strand anchors it is therefore possible to tension the strands uniformly by monitoring the load in each sensor as appropriate.

The abutment plate (to be sourced locally) is normally made to suit specific site requirements and load distribution plate pairs (supplied by PCTE) should be used to minimise eccentric loading and provide a smooth parallel bearing surface and evenly spread the load to the cell. These should be inserted between the load cell and the anchor head.

Working principle

A vibrating wire strain gauge operates on the principle that a tensioned wire, when plucked, vibrates at its resonant frequency. The square of this frequency is proportional to the strain in the wire.
Around the wire is a magnetic coil which when pulsed by a vibrating readout or data logger interface plucks the wire and measures the resultant resonant frequency of vibration.
Deformation within the steel cylinder will cause the wire ends to move relative to each other. The tension in the wire will change accordingly thus altering the resonant frequency of the wire.
Temperature information can be used if logging regularly to determine swift temperature changes during which strain readings may be exaggerated

Features

  • High strength steel construction 
  • Load distribution plates available 
  • Proven long term accuracy 
  • Accommodates eccentric loading 
  • Multiple gauge system 
  • Data logger compatible 
  • Available with plug connector or cable

Applications

Measurement of load acting on:

  • Ground anchors 
  • Rock Bolts 
  • Tie-backs 
  • Struts 
  • Arch Supports 
  • Props

Specifications

Vibrating Wire, Anchor Load Cell, Load distribution plates

VWLC-5000 vibrating wire Anchor Load Cells may be read by the VW-2106 or any vibrating wire readout device and may be readily connected using any datalogger with vibrating wire interface modules.
Cable may be readily and simply extended on site without special precautions. Gauges may be read up to 1000 metres away from their installed location without change in calibration.

Vibrating wire strain gauges output a frequency signal and are therefore insensitive to resistance changes in connecting cables caused by contact resistance or leakage to ground.

When ordering the following information is required:

  • Capacity
  • Cable Length
  • Load Distribution Plate
  • Connectors

 

 VW Load Cell 

 Description 

 Specification 

 Thermistor 

 3k Ohms at 25°C 

 Over range capacity 

 150% F.S. 

 Accuracy 

 0.5% F.S.* 

 Resolution 

 0.05% F.S. 

 Output 

 1200 - 2800 Hz 

 Temperature range 

 -20°C to +80°C 

 Material 

 High tensile, stress relieved steel 

 Load Distribution Plates 

 Capacity(kN)

 ID(mm) 

 OD(mm) 

 Height(mm) 

 300

 30

 64 

 30 

 500

 50

 86 

 30 

 750

 75

 113 

 40 

 1000

 112

 148 

 40 

 1500

 150

 190 

 50 

 2000

 150

 200 

 50 

 2500

 150

 210 

 50 

 

 Standard Dimension 

 Capacity(kN) 

 Sensors 

 ID(mm) 

 OD(mm) 

 Height(mm) 

 300 

 3* 

 30 

 58 

 100 

 500 

 3* 

 50 

 80 

 100 

 750 

 3* 

 75 

 107 

 100 

 1000 

 3* 

 112 

 142 

 100 

 1500 

 6 

 150 

 184 

 100 

 2000 

 6 

 150 

 194 

 100 

 2500 

 6 

 150 

 204 

 100 

Accessories

  • Load distribution plates
  • Centraliser Bushings
  • Fly Connector
  • Cable End protector
  • Jump Cables

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