Volume 19, Issue 3 (September 1996)
A Flexible Strain Gage for Soil Testing
A novel strain gage for the measurement of soil deformation is introduced. The gage is based on the principle that the change in the length of a coil is linearly related to the change in its inductance. The gage measures a wide range of strains and can be easily installed on a soil specimen in any direction; therefore, it is particularly suitable for the measurement of deformations of in situ subsurface soil. This paper reports the principle and the characteristics of the gage. A discussion on further improvements is also given.