Does the P8000 support strain gauges? And which types?

I’m often asked whether the Prosig P8000 systems support strain gauges. And what configuration of strain gauge bridges are supported? The answer is all types of all the different configurations.

Bridge Completion Configurations

Prosig hardware supports

  • 1/4 bridge completion
  • 1/2 bridge completion
  • Full bridge completion

Bridge Completion Resistances

And the following bridge completion resistances are supported

  • 120Ω
  • 350Ω
  • 1000Ω

With regards to calibration of bridges, each and every channel on the front end has its own internal, low tolerance, shunt resistor (120kΩ).

Generally, 1/4 bridge is a 3-wire configuration. It can be used in 2-wire configuration, but this does reduce the accuracy slightly.

1/2 bridge is usually a 5-wire configuration, but can be used as a 3-wire configuration if desired, but as above is slightly less accurate.

Full bridge can be used as a 6-wire or a 4-wire configuration, but with the same issue as above when used as 4-wire device.

The 2 wires, discussed above, that can be ‘removed’ (actually they are shorted to the supply) are the sense wires. These wires sense the excitation at the bridge and not at the front end. So, in the case of long thin wires, the voltage drop is taken into account in the calculation of micro strain.

Prosig front ends usually support 3 different strain gauge excitation voltages; 0V, 5V and 10V.

Prosig hardware can support from +/-10V input range down to +/-10mV. The smaller measurement range is often required as the voltage changes when using strain gauges are so small. Additionally, there is a benefit to using the full 24 bits of the ADC resolution across a small range.

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James Wren

Application Engineer & Sales Manager at Prosig
James Wren is an Application Engineer and the Sales Manager for Prosig Limited. James graduated from Portsmouth University in 2001, with a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a registered Eur Ing. He has been involved with motorsport from a very early age with special interest in data acquisition. James is a founder member of the Dalmeny Racing team.

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