The embedment jointmeter allows to detect the movements between two anchors. It is suitable to be merged in concrete grouting, placing it across expansion joints, as usually occur in concrete dam.
A thermistor allows temperature measurement for temperature compensation, if needed.
It consists in two anchors, a vibrating wire displacement tranducer (DTE) and an external PVC casing.
Instrument’s measuring range is pre-set to measure the traction/compression of 50% full scale. Any settings different from the standard can be requested to SISGEO in the purchase order.
Vibrating wire transducer is essentially composed by a taut wire clamped at its ends and tensioned so that it is free to vibrate at its natural frequency. The frequency of vibration varies with the wire tension and thus small relative movements between the two end clamps.
With VW transducers frequencies rather than voltage levels are measured, so a dedicated readout/datalogger must be used to measure the resonant frequency. These ones excites the VW transducer, measures the response, performs some calculations on the response, and returns the result.
SISGEO VW transducer uses ‘pluck and read’ method and not ‘auto resonant’ method; when the readout/datalogger plucks the wire a magnetic attraction is created to the coil and the wire start to vibrate and it causes an alternating voltage of the same frequency of the natural frequency of the wire; the voltage signal is transmitted on the cable and read from the readout/datalogger.
VW transducers have a reputation for long expected life and long-term stability.