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Errors in Accelerometer Calibration Using Laser interferometry Due to Harmonic Distortion and Cross Motion in the Applied Motion



Beverly F. Payne, David J. Evans


The development of exciters for the precise calibration of accelerometers requires minimizing distortion and cross motion in the exciter (shaker). It is well known that both distortion and cross motion can introduce significant errors in the calibration of accelerometers. The effects of harmonic distortion on measured sensitivity were determined experimentally. Known amounts of harmonic distortion were introduced at the input of an exciter. The change in the measured sensitivity of an accelerometer was noted for varying amounts of distortion. Measurements were also made using several values of cross motion to experimentally obtain the effects of cross motion on measured sensitivity for accelerometers. Experimental data were compared to theoretical results in the case of harmonic distortion. The results of this study should be useful
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques
Conference Dates
June 20-23, 2000
Conference Location
Ancona, IT
Conference Title
4th International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques


accelerometers, calibration, exciters, laser interferometry, shakers, uncertainty
Created June 1, 2000, Updated February 19, 2017