History

The International Symposium on Strain Gauge Balances was an initiative of NASA.  The aim of the symposium is to be an open international forum for presentation discussion and exchange of technical information among wind tunnel test technique specialists and strain gage balance designers.

The previous symposia were organized by:

  Host Location Date
1st NASA – LaRC   Hampton, VA USA  22 - 25 Oct 1996
2nd DERA / ARA  Bedford UK 4 - 7 May 1999
3rd TU Darmstad Darmstad Germany 13 - 16 May 2002
4th Force Measurement Systems San Diego, CA USA 10 - 14 May 2004
5th Onera Modane France 9 - 12 May 2006
6th DNW / NL  Zwolle Netherlands  5 - 8 May 2008
7th NASA - LaRC Williamsburg, VA USA 10 - 13 May 2010
8th RUAG Lucerne Switzerland 7 - 10 May 2012
9th Boeing Seattle, WA USA 19 - 22 May 2014
10th CARDC Chengdu China 16 - 19 May 2016
11th ETW Cologne Germany 14 - 17 May 2018
12th CSIR Johannesburg South Africa 11 - 15 May 2020
       

Note click on host name for photo.

Throughout the years, the symposium has maintained its status as an open international forum and its participants still represent a wide range of nations: Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The open international focus of the symposium has proved to keep the balance community welded together for more than a decade.