Principle of Pneumatic Load Cell
If a force is applied to one side of a diaphragm and an air pressure is applied to the other side, some particular value of pressure will be necessary to exactly balance the force. This pressure is proportional to the applied force.
Pneumatic Load cell
The main parts of a pneumatic load cell are as follows:
- A corrugated diaphragm with its top surface attached with arrangements to apply force.
- An air supply regulator, nozzle and a pressure gauge arranged as shown in figure.
- A flapper arranged above the nozzle as shown in figure.
Operation of Pneumatic Load cell
Air pressure is regulated until the diaphragm returns to the pre-loaded position which is indicated by air which comes out of the nozzle. At this stage, the corresponding pressure indicated by the pressure gauge becomes a measure of the applied force when calibrated.
- The pneumatic load cell can measure loads upto 2.5*10^3 Kgf.
- The accuracy of this system is 0.5 percent of the full scale.