Instrumented Load Pins for Sheave Applications

Many Strainsert Instrumented Load Pin designs are incorporated into sheave and pulley systems. The user has the option of either designing a sheave around our standard CPA Clevis Pin series or having a custom pin manufactured for an existing sheave design with a tailored measurement capacity and geometry, allowing for simple installation and optimized measurement capacity. The Instrumented Sheave Pins are often used to measure line tension by monitoring reaction load on the pin. Using the equations provided below, the line tension can be determined.

Strainsert factory calibrations are intended to simulate installed conditions, however, it is recommended that an in-place calibration be performed to account for any installation, tolerance, and/or alignment influences affecting sensor measurement.

Constant Wrap Angle

*Axis of Maximum Sensitivity: Align Keeper Flat of Load Sensing Pin perpendicular to Axis of Maximum Sensitivity which is at one half the wrap angle. For this example, wrap angle = 105 degrees and Ø/2 = 105 /2 = 52.5 degrees. See specification drawing below.

Ø= Wrap Angle
T = Line Tension
P = Resultant Force on Sheave Pin

Line Tension (T): To measure the tension in a line by measuring the reaction force on the sheave use the specification drawing and formulas:
P = 2T cos(Ø/2) or T = P ÷ 2cos(Ø/2)

Example:For a Wrap Angle of Ø = 105 and measured sheave load of 10,000-lbs. The Line Tension (T) can be determined by the formula:

Variable Wrap Angle

The cross section of the bi-axial clevis pin illustrates gage alignment. The gages marked Y will sense load component Py, while the gages marked X will sense loads in the Px direction. Given the outputs from the two bridges as Ex and Ey, and constants (Kx,Ky), derived from calibration data*, the resultant force P is determined by:

Px = Kx Ex
Py = Ky Ey
and the resultant force P = Square root of [Px]² + [Py]²

The Line Tension (T) and Wrap Angle (Ø) can be determined by:
T = Px² + Py² ÷ 2Px and Ø = 2 inverse cosine( P ÷ 2T)

*Where P, Px and Py are adjusted for cross-talk effects. For further discussion of bi-axial load pins see bi-axial pins under the Clevis Pin Optional Features

Variable Wrap Angle Specifications

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