Force Balance

Columbia Research Labs., USA's force balance accelerometer has a classical critically-damped, second-order frequency response. There is no peaking in the response but simply a smooth roll-off above the natural frequency. This property along with the excellent characteristics of the "HP" torquer design makes Columbia accelerometers the best choice for demanding applications where precise DC and near-DC measurements are needed in demanding shock and wide band vibration environments.

Columbia force balance accelerometers are available to cover virtually all applications. Low noise, high output units can be used for seismic structure motion studies while miniature, high range versions are optimum for measuring more violent high G environments encountered in many industrial, aircraft and missile applications.



Columbia Research Labs line of Force Balance Linear Accelerometers offers low cost, high performance, general purpose single axis accelerometers that are ideal for DC and low frequency measurements, with both voltage and current signal outputs available.

Also offered are Columbia's Solid State Sensors and their specialized Airborne Sensors that generate outputs specifically designed to operate from +24 to +32VDC aircraft power, that is excellent for airborne telemetry applications.

Columbias Low Noise Sensors are designed for use in seismic, low level, low frequency motion studies.

The sensors featured in Columbia's High Performance Force Balance Accelerometers offer extremely rugged, high performance accelerometers. These sensors are used in applications ranging from severe vibration and shock environments, to demanding missile and airborne applications and downhole well servicing applications.

Columbia also offers high temperature and miniature High Performance Sensors.

The line of Biaxial Force Balance Linear Accelerometers available are 2-axis versions of our General Purpose, Low Noise and High Temperature, and High Performance Single axis Linear Accelerometers.


The Triaxial Force Balance Linear Accelerometers range from general purpose, low cost sensors, capable of measuring DC and low frequency acceleration simultaneously in three axes, to Miniature Airborne, Highly Reliable Sensors that operate from +24 to +32VDC Aircraft power.

Also offered are compact, premium performance, extremely rugged sensors, well suited for demanding missile and airborne applications.

Columbia Research Labs Accelerometer Switch is designed to interface with electrical or mechanical systems to control, safeguard against, or warn of undesirable variations in DC and low frequency acceleration.

This sensor is available with a selectable switch point, a single or Bi-polar switch, and a choice of input power.


Columbia offers Angular Accelerometers that use the fluid rotor concept of sensing angular acceleration resulting in a highly accurate precision Angular Accelerometer that provide excellent bias stability and rejection of linear acceleration.

They also offer smaller electrically damped Angular Accelerometers that provide exceptional high frequency characteristics for an angular acceleration within its range of sensitivity.

Lastly they offer a Variable Range Angular Accelerometer allowing the customer to change the measurement range of the sensor to meet their requirements.

Further information

Further information, datasheets, versions and images can be found on the manufacturer's website!