Force Measurements Made Easy

Introduction: Be A Scientist: Create Your Force Meter Using A Simple Scientific Process. Two PVC pipes (one must fit easily within the other) and two lengths of conductive cable, one slightly larger than the other, a thick layer of insulation, a thin layer of plastic tubing, and a tiny handheld science instrument are needed. If you are satisfied with these items and have all of your materials, you are ready for the next step.

Prepare to Fit the Meter to The Piping Point: While the pipe is being heated, melt some of the shrinks wraps over the two PVC pipes and the two wires that are to be attached. You do not need to melt through the entire tube, as merely melting the outer edge will prevent the rest of the insulating layer from conducting electricity. After melting, place a rubber band around the exposed end of one of the PVC pipes. If you use a longer pipe, insert a flexible rubber band through the holes on both ends.

Install the Rubber Band: After melting the rubber band, stretch it over the exposed end of the pipe so that the entire exposed end of the rubber band fits tightly against the pipe. If you have a longer pipe, use two or three holes on both sides to stretch the band and secure it into the pipe. If you are using a shorter pipe, use only one spot. If you use a faster pipe, the band will be too long to go through the whole pipe.

Attach the Meter to The Wire Holder: Once the rubber band is in place, loop one end of the meter around the exposed wire on the exposed part of the pipe. Loop the other end around the smaller diameter of the rubber band. You now have a loop that is snugly attached to the wire holder, which gives you a measuring device that has a measuring unit as well as a conductivity detector. When you use this meter with a narrower tube, the wire holder will cover one end of the meter; if your tube is wider than the wire holder, then the meter will cover the inside of the tube, which results in a reading that is different from the meter that is used with a narrower tube.

Assess Your Results: It is easy to accurately measure how much force is exerted on an object when using a force meter. To get a reading of how much force is exerted, you should place the force meter against the object you are testing. Look closely at the gauge for a number. This number indicates the decibels that the meter measures. Once you have placed your finger on the gauge, you will read what decibel level is being measured.

Using a force meter is valuable because it helps people determine the amount of force that their hand exerts when they push down on a piece of furniture or a bed. For instance, if you are sleeping in a hotel room and someone forcefully pushes down on your back, you can find out whether you feel pain or not by using the gauge. Another great application of the force meter is to determine the resistance force exerted on a given weight or material. If you are looking for information about various types of material, you can use the appropriate data sheet that comes with the meter.