ASTM E1949 - 03(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Ambient Temperature Fatigue Life of Metallic Bonded Resistance Strain Gages

    Active Standard ASTM E1949 | Developed by Subcommittee: E28.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01


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    Significance and Use

    Strain gages are the most widely used devices for measuring strains and for evaluating stresses in structures. In many applications there are often cyclic loads which can cause strain gage failure. Performance parameters of strain gages are affected by both the materials from which they are made and their geometric design.

    The determination of most strain gage parameters requires mechanical testing that is destructive. Since gages tested for fatigue life cannot be used again, it is necessary to treat data statistically. In general, longer and wider gages with lower resistances will have greater fatigue life. Optional additions to gages (integral leads are an example) will often reduce fatigue life.

    To be used, strain gages must be bonded to a structure. Good results, particularly in a fatigue environment, depend heavily on the materials used to clean the bonding surface, to bond the gage, and to provide a protective coating. Skill of the installer is another major factor in success. Finally, instrumentation systems must be carefully selected and calibrated to ensure that they do not unduly degrade the performance of the gages.

    This test method encompasses only fully reversed strain cycles.

    Fatigue failure of a strain gage may not involve visible cracking or fracture of the gage, but merely sufficient zero shift to compromise the accuracy of the gage output for static strain components.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a uniform procedure for the determination of strain gage fatigue life at ambient temperature. A suggested testing equipment design is included.

    1.2 This test method does not apply to force transducers or extensometers that use bonded resistance strain gages as sensing elements.

    1.3 Strain gages are part of a complex system that includes structure, adhesive, gage, leadwires, instrumentation, and (often) environmental protection. As a result, many things affect the performance of strain gages, including user technique. A further complication is that strain gages, once installed, normally cannot be reinstalled in another location. Therefore, it is not possible to calibrate individual strain gages; performance characteristics are normally presented on a statistical basis.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to its use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1237 Guide for Installing Bonded Resistance Strain Gages


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.060 (Mechanical testing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1949-03R09

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