NASA Spinoff Database: A New Tool for Industry

NASA Center: Langley Research Center
Public Release Year: 1981
Reference Number: LARC-SO-80
Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology
Origin: Langley Research Laboratory -- Stress Monitors

Ultrasonic P2L2 bolt monitor is a new industrial tool, developed at Langley Research Laboratory, which is lightweight, portable, extremely accurate because it is not subject to friction error, and it is cost-competitive with the least expensive of other types of accurate strain monitors. P2L2 is an acronym for Pulse Phase Locked Loop. The ultrasound system which measures the stress that occurs when a bolt becomes elongated in the process of tightening, transmits sound waves to the bolt being fastened and receives a return signal indicating changes in bolt stress. Results are translated into a digital reading of the actual stress on the bolt. Device monitors the bolt tensioning process on mine roof bolts that provide increased safety within the mine. Also has utility in industrial applications.

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Page Number in Published book: 56-57

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