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Strain gauging 



Thermalock has been developed over the last 10 years specifically for the F1 motorsport industry. The high performance compact design make it ideal for measuring loads on push-rods, damper tops, wishbones and track rods. 
The system can be installed in two forms, the electronics being incorporated into the part itself, or in the first sensors unique ASL/ASU style packaging.
The high thermal performance that is achieved with system is due to the specially developed and patented strain gauge design. The design actually measures the the temperature of the strain gauge itself.
The built in high precision temperature sensor can be offered as an output where required for greater accuracy.




Using our patented system including software controlled microcontroller we can temperature compensate all types of carbon fibre parts to give a 0 to 5V output proportional to load. These techniques have been developed in house and are unique to First Sensors. Over the years we have applied gauges to carbon fibre in varied ways such a being imbedded in the parts themselves or on the surface skin or on the structure. 

This service in Formula One would generally require on site calibration. First Sensors offer both onsite or in house calibration services. The service is normally dependant upon calibration rig fixtures which we can manufacture or can be supplied by the customer.

We have over the years gauged track rods, wishbones, rear wings, front wings, gearboxes, push rod/pull rods or even just test samples for R & D projects.

We can install an amplifier to almost any part supplied to us, either using our standard boards or with a custom design to fit.
Having the amplifier close to the strain gauge helps to eliminate the noise on the signal and also makes for a more robust solution.
We are also able to fit multiple amplifiers into an installalation if required.
We offer and CAN based amplifier that allows the sensor to connect directly to the CAN bus.
All amplifiers are available with or with out a filter. 
The filter is an active 3 pole low pass butterworth filter.
The filter be set within the range of 5 Hz to 1000Hz. The requirement must be specified at the point of order.  
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