Six degrees of freedom sensor withstands high-speed impact

DTS 6DX sensor package combines three linear accelerometers and three angular rate sensors in a 28 mm square unit.
By Control Engineering Staff May 12, 2009
The six channels of output from the tiny 6DX provide the necessary data to calculate an acceleration vector and track its orientation in space with respect to time with appropriate post-processing calculations, and plot the kinematic motion of a test piece in 3D space.

The DTS 6DX is latest addition to the e-Sensing product line from Diversified Technical Systems,six channels of output from the 6DX provide the necessary data to calculate an acceleration vector and track its orientation in space with respect to time with appropriate post-processing calculations, and plot the kinematic motion of a test piece in 3D space. The ruggedized unit is designed for high-speed impact environments and has a 6000 g shock rating. Built-in 16-pin micro circular connectors make the unit highly durable and simplify cable replacement. 
The internal linear accelerometers are full bridge piezo-resistive devices with a constant dc response, available in ranges frommonitoring needs of vehicles, such as crash impacts, rollover, suspension and ride and handling, as well as other high speed, harsh environment applications such as product testing of sports equipment, off-road and construction vehicles, motorcycles, marine, motorsports and aerospace. The DTS 6DX can also be used for human motion measurement, particularly in high-injury-risk occupations. 
This new product can be combined with DTS’s e-Sensing Slice Micro or Slice Nano data recorders to create self-contained data acquisition systems that enable testing in locations and conditions never before possible. For example, a 6DX+SLICE system with an internal battery could be mounted to a bicycle wheel (no slip-rings necessary) to provide a DAS solution so small that dynamic properties of the test piece are not impacted.
More information on this product, including a pdf datasheet with complete specifications, is available on the company website

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk

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