What are Inclinometer Used for?

Inclinometers are used for:

l Determining latitude using Polaris (in the Northern Hemisphere) or the two stars of the constellation Crux (in the Southern Hemisphere).

l Determining the angle of the Earth’s magnetic field with respect to the horizontal plane.

l Showing a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal.

l Surveying, to measure an angle of inclination or elevation.

l Alerting an equipment operator that it may tip over.

l Measuring angles of elevation, slope, or incline, e.g. of an embankment.

l Measuring slight differences in slopes, particularly for geophysics. Such inclinometers are, for instance, used for monitoring volcanoes, or for measuring the depth and rate of landslide movement.

l Measuring movements in walls or the ground in civil engineering projects.

l Determining the dip of beds or strata, or the slope of an embankment or cutting; a kind of plumb level.

l Some automotive safety systems.

l Indicating pitch and roll of vehicles, nautical craft, and aircraft. See turn coordinator and slip indicator.

l Monitoring the boom angle of cranes and material handlers.

l Measuring the “look angle” of a satellite antenna towards a satellite.

l Adjusting a solar panel to the optimal angle to maximize its output.

l Measuring the slope angle of a tape or chain during distance measurement.

l Measuring the height of a building, tree, or other feature using a vertical angle and a distance (determined by taping or pacing), using trigonometry.

l Measuring the angle of drilling in well logging.

l Measuring the list of a ship in still water and the roll in rough water.

l Measuring steepness of a ski slope.

l Measuring the orientation of planes and lineations in rocks, in combination with a compass, in structural geology.

l Measuring range of motion in the joints of the body

l Measuring the inclination angle of the pelvis. Numerous neck and back measurements require the simultaneous use of two inclinometers.

l Measuring the angles of elevation to, and ultimately computing the altitudes of, many things otherwise inaccessible for direct measurement.

l Measuring and fine tuning the angle of line array speaker hangs. Confirmation of the angle achieved via use of a laser built into the remote inclinometer.

l Setting correct orientation of solar panels while installing

l Setting firing angle of a cannon or gun (determines projectile range)

l Electronic games

l Help prevent unsafe working conditions.

For more information, please feel free to contact

Share article
Previous News
The Theory about Inclinometer
Next News
The Theory and History of Gyro-theodolite