A novel force transducer for the measurement of grip force

EKJ Chadwick, AC Nicol

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A new strain gauge transducer has been developed to measure functional grip forces. The gripping area is a cylinder of diameter 30 mm and length 150 mm and simulates the handle of a number of devices, allowing a range of activities to be studied. The device measures radial forces divided into six components and forces of up to 250 N per segment can be measured with an accuracy of ±1%. The device therefore gives information about the magnitude and distribution of force around the cylinder during gripping, and has been shown to be a valuable research tool in a study of four different types of grip, providing valuable input data for biomechanical models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001


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