A New Crank Arm-Based Load Cell for the 3D Analysis of the Force Applied by a Cyclist
AbstractThis report describes a new crank arm-based force platform designed to evaluate the three-dimensional force applied to the pedals by cyclists in real conditions. The force platform was designed to be fitted on a conventional competition bicycle crankset while data is transmitted wirelessly through a BluetoothTM module and also stored on a SD card. A 3D solid model is created in the SolidWorks (Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp.) to analyze the static and dynamic characteristics of the crank arm by using the finite elements technique. Each crankset arm is used as a load cell based on strain gauges configured as three Wheatstone bridges. The signals are conditioned on a printed circuit board attached directly to the structure. The load cell showed a maximum nonlinearity error between 0.36% and 0.61% and a maximum uncertainty of 2.3% referred to the sensitivity of each channel. A roller trainer equipped with an optical encoder was also developed, allowing the measurement of the wheel’s instantaneous velocity. View Full-Text
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Balbinot, A.; Milani, C.; Nascimento, J.S.B. A New Crank Arm-Based Load Cell for the 3D Analysis of the Force Applied by a Cyclist. Sensors 2014, 14, 22921-22939.
Balbinot A, Milani C, Nascimento JSB. A New Crank Arm-Based Load Cell for the 3D Analysis of the Force Applied by a Cyclist. Sensors. 2014; 14(12):22921-22939.Chicago/Turabian Style
Balbinot, Alexandre; Milani, Cleiton; Nascimento, Jussan S.B. 2014. "A New Crank Arm-Based Load Cell for the 3D Analysis of the Force Applied by a Cyclist." Sensors 14, no. 12: 22921-22939.