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Errors in accelerometer calibration using laser interferometry due to harmonic distortion and cross motion in the applied motion
Author(s): Bev Payne; David J. Evans
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Paper Abstract

The development of mechanical vibration generators (shakers) used in the precise calibration of accelerometers requires minimizing the amount of distortion and cross (transverse) motion present in the vibration of the moving element of the shaker. It is well known that both distortion and cross motion can introduce significant errors in the calibration of accelerometers. Potential effects on measured sensitivity due to the presence of harmonic distortion were determined experimentally. Varying amounts of harmonic distortion were systematically introduced into the drive signal of a shaker. Changes in the measured sensitivity of an accelerometer were noted for these varied amounts of distortion and compared with theoretical predictions. Measurements of the sensitivity of an accelerometer were also made using moving elements having varying amounts of cross motion in order to experimentally determine potential effects due to the presence of cross motion on measured sensitivity. The results of this study should be helpful in the development of error budgets for accelerometer calibration systems and in the design of shakers used as a part of such systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4072, Fourth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, (22 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.386750
Show Author Affiliations
Bev Payne, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
David J. Evans, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4072:
Fourth International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications
Enrico Primo Tomasini, Editor(s)

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