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Static calibration and dynamic behaviour of a six-component force balance for variable pressure water tunnel facilities


Butler, D and Smith, SM and Brandner, PA and Clarke, DB and Pearce, BW, Static calibration and dynamic behaviour of a six-component force balance for variable pressure water tunnel facilities, Experimental Techniques, 45, (2) pp. 157-167. ISSN 0732-8818 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Crown 2021

DOI: doi:10.1007/s40799-020-00407-3


The presented six component force balance is a novel design used for many of the force measurements on hydrofoils and other bodies in the University of Tasmania's cavitation tunnel. This balance is a versatile piece of equipment, the distribution of its six load cells gives it a high degree of sensitivity and stiffness in all directions. The accuracy of the balance in operating conditions has yet to be defined and its use for investigations of low frequency fluid-structure interactions warrants an analysis of its dynamic properties. This paper outlines a critical analysis of the balances calibration methodologies and its measurement uncertainties. A dynamic vibration model was built and validated with finite element modelling and experiment to give a prediction of the force balances natural frequencies and how they change with different test article mass and added masses. These results provide confidence in the data produced by this device and guide future experimental investigations into fluid structure interactions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:force balance, cavitation tunnel, calibration, static, dynamic, six-component
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Smith, SM (Mr Samuel Smith)
UTAS Author:Brandner, PA (Professor Paul Brandner)
UTAS Author:Pearce, BW (Dr Bryce Pearce)
ID Code:143210
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2021-03-05
Last Modified:2022-05-17

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