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Strain Gauge Balance Design and Manufacture

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ARA has a long history of design, manufacture, gauging and calibration of strain gauge balances for use not only in the ARA tunnels but also for outside agencies. Balance development is linked with the Innovation and Technology Group to continuously improve balance performance and provide more accurate wind tunnel data in a shorter timescale and reduced cost. ARA has designed and manufactured a vast range of balances which include the following;

  • Main model balances with load capacities up to 17,800 Newtons
  • Small store balances with load capacities down to 30 Newtons
  • Half model balances
  • Rotary balances to measure propeller loads
  • Panel balances to measure control surface loads
  • Sting balances