Calculating the force introduction point with PMX
Determining the force introduction point on a plate with three force transducers.
The coordinates of a force F to be measured can easily be determined with three force transducers F1, F2 and F3.
Force F is the sum of the three individual forces:
The counters for the x and y calculation are determined in an interim step. Coordinates x1, y1, x2,....are in the factors of the summands.
Finally x and y are calculated with two divisions. The calculation for x is shown here (y is similar):
Implausible values in unloaded state
Noise predominates when F is close to zero. Implausible values are returned for x and y:
Remedy: Output for x and y is not regular until F is greater than 1 N, for example. Otherwise zero will be returned each time.
A trigger block sets Flag_01 if F is greater than the minimum value:
The two limit values for the trigger. Only the lower switching threshold is required for 1 N. A value is selected for the upper threshold that is far above the measuring range:
Two multiplexer blocks switch between zero and the calculated values. Shown here for x:
- In case of division by zero, a divisor block returns Not-a-Number (NaN).
- Polar coordinates can also be returned if necessary:
The settings for radius....:
Representation of a moving force with catman in polar and Cartesian coordinates:
These examples are simply for the purpose of illustration. They cannot be used as the basis for any warranty or liability claims.