Torque transducers and rotary shaft torque sensors – for dynamic and static torque measurement
Measuring static reaction torque and rotating torque
Our portfolio includes both static torque sensors based on strain gauge technology as well as rotary shaft torque sensors for dynamic measurements. Torque sensors are used in marine, offshore, automotive, and aerospace engineering. Research and development facilities use them as well to perform dynamic and static torque monitoring and measurements. Measurement ranges lie between 0.01 nNm and 10 kNm.
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Product portfolio Torque Sensors
High-precision torque sensors – perfect for demanding applications
Althen offers a broad selection of static, rotary, and multi-axis torque sensors. We also develop custom solutions for torque measurement in your unique applications. Our torque sensors fall into two main categories:
- Reaction torque sensors based on strain gauge technology (DMS)
- Rotating torque sensors for measuring rotational torque
Piezoelectric reaction torque sensors feature unrivaled overload protection, high signal resolution, and a broad frequency range.They can be used to measure torque even in difficult conditions such as demanding geometries, temperature ranges or dynamics.
Rotary torque sensors are ideally suited for rotating shafts, as well as dynamic and static long term measurements. They are very precise, constructed for maximum stiffness, and are stable at high temperatures. That means you can use rotating torque sensors from Althen for even the most demanding tasks.
Applications with Torque Sensors
Torque sensor for testing the most fuel efficient hydrogen car in the world
To create the most fuel efficient hydrogen car in the world, Green Team Twente has made a test setup with a torque sensor, to measure the efficiency of the car's drivetrain. Together with our engineers, the students looked at the most suitable torque sensor and opted for the rotating RWT 410-420 Torque Sensor that has a user friendly interface for easily and accurately read the data digitally.
How torque sensors work
Strain gauge technology
Conventional torque sensors use strain gauges. These convert the mechanical torque into an electrical signal. Slip rings are typically used to transfer that signal from the measurement shaft. This tried and tested technology is rugged and reliable. Rugged, high-quality slip rings enable torque measurements over extended periods. They can endure rotating at up to 5,000 or 6,000 revolutions per minute. You need to amplify or visualize the measured signal? Our torque sensors are compatible with all amplifiers and display systems from our portfolio.
Surface Acoustic Wave technology (SAW) for torque measurement
Our cutting-edge alternative to strain gauge technology uses Surface Acoustic Wave devices. This technology is based on an acoustic element that changes its resonant frequency under torsion. Your advantage: Thanks to the quick signal transfer from the rotary torque sensor, you can use these transducers for rotational measurements at up to 30,000 revolutions per minute.
Torque transducers for static applications
Althen not only provides torque transducers for rotating applications – we also offer sensors for static reaction torque. They are also available as miniature versions. These sensors for measuring torque are all based on strain gauge technology. Multi-component transducers are a special type of torque measurement sensors. They measure torque along two or three measurement axes. This allows you to measure torque and static forces along multiple axes.
Analogue signals and digital interfaces for torque sensors
Are you looking for a digital interface for torque measurements? We are happy to design a custom sensor for you that includes a digital interface in addition to the analogue output signal. The digital interface makes reading out the measuring values simple. And it lets you scale each torque sensor to a specific measurement range as required.
Strain gauge measurement amplifiers: Universal precision
For perfect signal processing in torque measurement, we provide a broad range of strain gauge amplifiers. Your systems already provide amplified output signals? You can connect them to our display systems, data loggers, or PC-based measurement data logging systems.
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Properties & Advantages
- Extremely rugged
- Highest quality
- Proven technology
- Custom scaling for required measurement ranges possible
- High precision signals (no signal falsification)
- Rapid signal output for applications up to 30,000 rpm.
- Also available as miniature versions and multi-component transducers
Possible Applications for Torque Sensors
- Research and development
- Testing facilities