Accession Number : AD0739202

Title :   Development of a Sensitive Triaxial Piezoelectric Accelerometer.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 6 May 68-3 May 71,

Corporate Author : ACCUMETRICS CORP CAMBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : Fryklund,Donald H.

Report Date : 01 JUN 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : In an effort to extend the upper limit of the falling sphere type of upper atmospheric density measuring system a program was conducted to develop accelerometry having sensitivity in the range 10 to the -8th power to 10 to the -2 power. A potentially low-cost triaxal accelerometer was developed and fabricated using highly loaded piezoelectric bimorphs. To match the bimorphs into the electrical system, and to amplify their low signal voltages, extremely low-noise solid state electronic circuitry had to be developed. Because of the high sensitivity of the sensors used, particular care had to be taken iin seismically isolating the test aparatus to reduce input accelerations due to building noise, traffic, wind. etc. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING, ACCELEROMETERS), (*ACCELEROMETERS, PIEZOELECTRIC TRANSDUCERS), DETECTORS, SOUNDING ROCKETS, DENSITY

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE