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Is sensor measurement uncertainty the same with its calibrator?

I'm trying to calibrate a proximity sensor A with another proximity sensor B. Say sensor B uncertainty is already known from the data sheet. However, for sensor A the uncertainty is nowhere to be ...
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Help on IR Proximity Sensor Inaccuracy

I want to measure the depth of a burning soil using IR proximity sensor. The sensor will be placed 20cm above the surface of the soil and measures it perpendicularly. Problem #1: I'm quite concerned ...
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How to use Spectroid app to measure low frequency vibrations?

I need to measure how low frequency (vibration) changes when going through different materials. The only possible way I found is by using Spectroid app. However, I have no idea of what settings to set ...
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Measuring an irregular cavity

A friend has a compartment in the center console of his car, he has asked me to help resize, reorder and add padding to the compartment. Basically the kind of things I'd need to know are the ...
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Automated valve for testing module

I work frequently with materials sensitive to oxygen and moisture, within a glove box. However, there are frequently times I want to move these samples from the glove box to a scanning electron ...
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How to measure a screw pump spindle?

My boss ordered a screw pump driving spindle from an alternative maker. That spindle, as expected, cannot turn with the two idle spindles inside the housing. Now he is asking for the spindle ...
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How to add a Gaussian noise signal with zero-mean in a given data set?

I have a real-time velocity measurement data set in a excel (.xlsx) file. I want to add the Gaussian noise signal with zero mean in this real-time data to create three set of pseudo measurements. ...
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In what cases are the roughness values Rt and Ra used?

Roughness measurement instruments output those two values, where Rt is the distance between the top of the highest peak and the bottom of the lowest valley, and Ra is the average distance of every ...
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What is the "tl" unit of weight measurement?

I recently purchased a digital scale from eBay. According to the listing it can weigh in the following units: Multiple Weighting Units: g, oz, tl, ct. Screenshot of that page: Now I know that "g"...
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Can foil strain gauges measure strain normal to the plane of the sensor?

I'm wondering if anyone in the community has experience with foil strain gauges used to measure strain components that are normal to the plane of the sensor? If the strain gauge were pressed between ...
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How to visualise/measure airflow in sauna?

I'd like to visualise/measure the flow of air in sauna to optimise the ventilation. Is there a way to colour the air (non-toxic!!!) so I may watch the flow? Or is there any other accessible technology ...
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Typical range of a small hole gauge.

I want to get this out there. What is a typical and common range of a small hole gauge?
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How can I get the horizon or vertical length of the uneven object?

Just like the picture shown I want to have the length from the front end to the windshield in horizon, and want to have the length from the lowest point to the highest point of the hood in vertical. ...
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off-scale torque measured - what is my torque arm?

I have assembled a benchtop torque measurement stand for evaluating electric motor and controller efficiency. The motor is 49kV , 5kW brushless outrunner. Input power reading is taken from motor ...
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Inconsistant load cell readings - (static) fiction perhaps?

First off I'm not an engineer so please excuse the simple language I use to explain my question! I have an arrangement whereby I have a steel plate suspended from basically a bridge. The plate is free ...
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Can I use loadcell for vibrating force measurement?

Is it possible to use a load cell to measure a force that is vibrating? The idea is to measure that force that is getting into the load cell in a sweep of frequencies and vibration is NOT a noise. ...
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BJT Output Characteristics Question

Ok, so I am pretty confused at the moment with a question that I have been given to work out by my lecturer and was wondering if I could get some guidance with it. I will attach images of the question ...
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How do you calibrate an inverted U-tube?

Say you make a U-shaped glass tube. If you fill it with water you are able to measure gas pressure by looking at the height difference of the meniscuses. In an inverted one, by turning it upside down ...
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Why would a magnetic sight glass indicate a wrong water level in a surge tank?

In a pumping station that i work, there is a magnetic sight glass attached to a surge tank which I guess there is something wrong about it because when I isolate the tube, drain it and reopen the air ...
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Measuring axial force in trapezoidal screw jack

Does anyone know of a good solution for measuring axial force in trapezoidal screw jack, like this: https://en.zimm.com/product-catalogue/screw-jack-ze-series/ze-r-trapezoidal-screw/ ? Force magnitude ...
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In Solidworks Hole Toolbox, what is Thread Minor Diameter according to DIN 13-1

Dear StackExchange Community, I recently discovered how to use the Toolbox customization to specify new threads in Solidworks 2021 SP2.0, such as ISO fine metric threads (DIN 13-3- ... -9). However, ...
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What unit of weight is that?

Recently I was weighting stuff with my dad and as I was playing with one of the old 2 kg weights I felt with my fingers number "5". After cleaning and upon further inspection it turned out ...
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Tolerances in a pin-hole assembly

Hi guys, can someone explain how to do this question? This question is under Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances and I am clueless on how to tackle problem like this. EDIT This is the explanation ...
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Internal Diameter or External diameter measurement? [closed]

I would like to know if there is a definite way to understand what kind of diameter is indicated on the dwg by just looking at a dwg. I work in a job profile where I need to add inspection points to ...
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How to measure time taken to run SCPI commands? [closed]

We all know that every program takes time to run. Normally in Python, the time built-in Python library would be sufficient to measure time-taken to run code. How may I determine how long a SCPI (...
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Methods to measure diameter

I want to measure a tube's diameter with a precision of about 0.1 mm. I have a caliper but sadly the tube is wider than my tool. I would like to know what methods exist to precisely measure a ...
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Safely Measuring Voltage from Solar Panels in an Experimental Research Field

I'm installing solar panels (not connected to the grid) in units out in a field for research we're doing that looks like this (this is an outdated image, but I can't find the updated one unfortunately)...
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Finding force distribution using accelerometer data

The team I'm currently working for is trying to compare bushings with different durometer ratings in the front suspension using single axis(z) accelerometer data during curb impacts. The current ...
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How much current is this phone drawing?

I know the current should be higher than 0.67 mA, because I know phones use current in the order of 1A. Also the charger is able to support up to 1A, it doesn't make sense that the charger would have ...
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Error propagation in reciprocal of a measurement

I have a measure of a quantity, x, and I know the standard deviation of the measure, STDx. I want to compute the inverse of x, which is y= 1/x, but then what would happen to the standard deviation? ...
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Is there an instrument that can measure thickness of an object through strain?

So basically, I am doing a project to design a measurement tool for measuring the different layers of the quartz crucible used in the semiconductor industry. Since the crucibles undergo some ...
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Describe the magnitude of a force using real-life comparisons instead of numbers

I already asked this on physics.se, I got a suggestion to ask here, but the question became too old to migrate before I decided to do it. I did also receive an answer, and I am grateful for it but ...
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How to measure water output over time - any better solutions than tipping bucket gauge?

I'm trying to figure out how to get an automated measurement of a trickle of water over time. (Application is measuring the water output by a dehumidifier; overall output would be a few pints of water ...
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How are perfectly square blocks made from scratch?

So I'm looking into how stuff is made from scratch, starting with a surface plate which has been lapped flat using the three plate method. But almost everything I read on the subject on "the ...
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Component for measuring push force

I would like to measure the force with which the bolt (dark blue) pushes on the break pad (grey) to stop the wheel (light blue). I am thinking that I could put some component between the bolt and the ...
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Are there any 'clever' mathematical techniques for testing a micrometer?

I've just inherited a vintage British 25 mm micrometer, and it's precious to me. You can test a spirit level by reversing it, and similarly you can for an engineer's square. We can test a right angle ...
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Vibration measurement of rotating blade

In a vibration measurement of a rotating blade, I have the following information. The vibration signal is measured using an ICP accelerometer which has the following specification Measurement range: ...
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Can you suggest a 0 to 10 Volts mesuring unit with an easy .NET (C#) API? [closed]

I am looking for a voltage input module that measures a voltage input in the range of 0 to 10 Volts (slowly changing during a 5 seconds period). It should be connected to a local Windows computer that ...
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Fender Telecaster outer body measurements

I appreciate this may not be the best forum to pose this question but... I've been attempting to model a copy of a Fender Telecaster electric guitar in SketchUp. I've been mainly working from a PDF ...
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How does the number of cycles for averaging in a lock-in amplifier relate to low-pass filtering and where do I set it?

Please forgive me if I ask too many questions at once or I am too much of a rookie. I want to understand the working-principle of lock-in amplifiers (LIAs). I understood the calculation that yields ...
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Sylvac UL 4 - USB - (Send data) reports 'no.data'?

Using the sylvac UL 4 Each time I invoke the (send data) function the sylvac LED panel reports 'no.data'. To mention the obvious but nothing is received at the connected USB device. My question ...
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Mechanism for controlling the clamping force

I am working on upgrading a research project on wind energy. They are trying to measure the performance of wind blade designs in a small wind tunnel (i.e. their models are relatively small). What they ...
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How can I measure correctly with a ruler?

When measuring with a ruler divided into mm lines, should I include the lines by themselves or only in between them? I illustrated the problem. (I took an example of measuring of 10 mm with two long ...
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Orientation of wire in linear position wire sensors

Talking about a wire potentiometer, I was wondering about the way it could be used after installation. as you know, wire sensors have a roll of wire inside them that come out of a hole, and it sounds ...
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Why are 0-10V signals de-facto standard in HVAC applications, when 4-20mA is more common in other applications?

I've been involved in a few projects with HVAC systems, where sensors etc. generally used 0-10 V signals, and looking at catalogues of Buderus and other suppliers this still appears to be the standard....
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What is the engineering standard for filenames with fractions and inches?

I need to save some engineering files that need the thicknesses in the filename. Windows hates "/" or "\", so I can't use a simple fraction. Symbols like this... ⅓, ⅔, ⅕, ⅖, ⅗, ⅘, ⅙, ⅚, ⅛, ⅜, ⅝, ⅞ .....
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What instrument does a surveyor use to accurately find North?

The obvious answer is a compass. I have an old (1952) transit that has a compass which seems to be accurate to 15'. However, that doesn't seem too incredibly accurate at all. Furthermore, most modern ...
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How do engineers work with extremely small objects?

Please excuse me if my question is not well-worded. My background is pure mathematics and I am not familiar with engineering, but sometimes I feel fascinated by the things engineers have achieved. ...
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Accurate method or instrument to measure density of shaving cream foam or whipped cream foam?

I am currently filling a "standard" stainless steel cup of known volume with foam and then I weigh it. Then I calculate density. This method is pretty messy and I have to be careful about how I fill ...
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Estimating trunk rotation using frontal and sagittal views

I am doing an experiment regarding elbow flexion's effect on peak sprinting velocity and we want to measure trunk rotation and shoulder rotation during our trials. We don't have an overhead camera so ...

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