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.
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