Mechanical Inclinometers

Mechanical Inclinometers

Mechanical Inclinometers are precision instruments for measuring angles of slope and inclination of an object with respect to its gravity by creating an artificial horizon. It is also known as a tilt sensor, tilt indicator, slope meter, slope gauge, gradient meter, gradiometer, level gauge & level meter. An inclinometer is commonly used in different industries like Aviation, civil engineering, Government, Marine, Military, and Transportation for platform leveling, load balancing, boom angle indication, and slope angle measurement. The tilt angle range is the range of desired linear output measured in degrees. Important specifications to consider when searching for tilt sensors and inclinometers are the tilt angle range and number of axes.

Rieker manufactures mechanical inclinometers using precision glass or polycarbonate tube and ball construction with engraved, silk screened, or printed markings. Certain models are available with customer specified color warning zones. All our tubes are filled with a special damping fluid that controls the movement of the ball. The fluid combined with large, clear number and degree markings make it easy to get quick, accurate readings under a wide variety of severe environmental conditions. With a wide operating temperature range, UV resistance, and extreme shock and vibration resistance, these inclinometers are perfect for use in extreme environments.

For night-time operation, our Rieker mechanical inclinometers are available in a backlit configurations as well. If you need a customized mechanical inclinometer, or custom specified color warning zones please give us a call and one of our engineers will be happy to help.

Our Slope Inclinometer Specifications

Slope inclinometers, also known as tilt sensors or tilt meters, are devices used to measure the angle or slope of an object or surface with respect to the vertical. These devices have applications in various fields, such as engineering, construction, geology, surveying, and more. A slope inclinometer employs a sensor such as a gravity-based sensor or a gyroscopic sensor that detects the tilt or angle. Some inclinometers have extra functionality such as data logging or wireless connection for transferring reports to other devices for analysis or monitoring.

FAQs About Slope Inclinometers and Mechanical Inclinometers

Here are some frequently asked questions about slope inclinometers and mechanical inclinometers:

What are the Applications of Slope Inclinometers?

In geotechnical engineering, slope inclinometers are frequently used for slope stability monitoring, landslip detection, tunneling projects, and monitoring embankments, dams, and retaining walls.

Can Slope Inclinometers Provide Real-Time Data?

Yes, slope inclinometers can offer real-time data if attached to a monitoring system that provides continuous monitoring and data transfer. Real-time data enables remote  identification of slope movements.

What are the Advantages of Mechanical Inclinometers?

Mechanical inclinometers are often preferred for their simplicity, durability, and reliability. They are usually resistant to environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and electromagnetic interference. Mechanical inclinometers are very simple to read and do not require power sources.

How Long Can Slope Inclinometers Be Installed and Monitored?

The duration of slope inclinometer installations depends on the project requirements. Some inclinometer systems are designed for short-term monitoring, whereas some may be left set up for a few years or even decades.

Are Slope Inclinometers Suitable for All Types of Slopes?

Slope inclinometers are adaptable and may be utilized on a variety of slopes, including natural hillsides, embankments, cut slopes, and retaining walls.

Can Mechanical Inclinometers be Installed Permanently?

Yes, mechanical inclinometers can be set permanently in a fixed position, especially when long-term slope or tilt monitoring is required. Once installed, they provide continuous angle measurement without the need for regular adjustments.

Can Slope Inclinometers Detect Gradual Slope Movements?

Yes, Slope inclinometers can detect both slow and rapid slope variations.
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