Inclinometers – Instruments With Sensors

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The inclinometer instrument is one which is used for geotechnical monitoring on the surface mines. These instruments are installed to measure the slope or tilt of the surface. These inclinometers have evolved with technology advancement and they are also serve many other purposes like checking the performance of anchors and struts and to see to it that the adjacent buildings are not affected by the ground movements, checking sheet piles and diaphragm walls to correct the deflections in the design limits, keeping check on upstream slopes and monitoring dams and the effects of tunneling operations to protect the adjacent structures from damaging by the ground movements and checking deformation of the concrete face of a dam and providing settlement profiles of foundations, embankments and other structures. And the advancement with technology is the inclinometer sensor.

The inclinometer instrument has a sensor and these are also known as tilt sensors, which generate an artificial horizon and measure the sloping tilt. These inclinometer sensors are used where tilt requires measuring, like cameras, automobile security system, aircraft flight controls, specialty switches and boom angle indication, platform leveling etc. There are many technical aspects that have to be taken care of before choosing an inclinometer sensor.

There are different sensor technologies and the common ones are Liquid Capacitive, gas bubble in liquid, accelerometer, electrolytic and pendulum. The inclinometer sensor technology has been implemented in video games also apart from being used in civil engineering. The inclinometer instrument aides in lateral deformation of concrete dams and tall structures, in measuring lateral movement activity down in the earth surface and tilt of structures in either one or two axial planes. Inclinometer instruments are designed to be temporarily or permanently installed to provide long term/short term observation with maximum resolution and sensitivity. Manual monitoring or remote data acquisition options are available for many instruments in the Inclinometer sensor category.

These inclinometers instruments with sensors also help in various other ways. Inclinometer instruments help in like measuring steepness of a ski slope or the angle of drilling in well logging or the list of ship in still water and its roll in rough water. It can also help in showing deviation from true vertical or horizontal and in some automotive safety systems. These instruments keep on having better versions with advancing technology and they would prove to be more and more helpful in various other ways than just the basic function.