Measurement techniques in the testing of thin-walled structural members

Ben Young, K.J.R. Rasmussen

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The paper describes methods for measuring displacements and end moments in the testing of thin-walled columns. The complete spatial deformation of a column can be captured by using local and overall deformation measurement frames. The local frame involves spring-loaded levers and roller bearings to mount the frame on to the specimen. The overall frame slides along high-precision shafts using linear ball bearings. Fixed-ended bearings are used to measure minor and major axis bending moments as well as the applied load. The bearings allow the line of action of the applied force to be determined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Buckling
  • Displacement measurement
  • Fixed-ended bearings
  • Spatial displacements
  • Thin-walled members

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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