Spiral Spring-Supported Force Plate with an External Eddy Current Displacement Sensor

Yuta Kawasaki, Hidetoshi Takahashi

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This study proposes a force plate with a planar spring and an eddy current displacement sensor to measure the ground reaction force (GRF) of a small insect and reveal its motion characteristics. The proposed force plate comprises a circular aluminum plate, four aluminum springs symmetrically connected to the plate, and an eddy current displacement sensor under the plate. The diameter and thickness of the fabricated plate were 8 and 0.1 mm, respectively. The spring width was 0.4 mm. When a force is applied to the plate, the plate moves vertically downward. Then, an eddy current displacement sensor detects the plate displacement without contact. The applied force can be measured using Hooke’s law. The proposed force plate has the advantages of ease of fabrication and cost-effectiveness. The central displacement variation and resonant frequency of the designed springs were evaluated by simulation. Then, we calibrated the fabricated force plate to obtain the sensitivity variation and resonant frequency. The experimental results suggest that the proposed force plate can effectively measure the GRF of a small insect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan


  • eddy current sensor
  • force plate
  • ground reaction force
  • laser machining
  • small insect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Control and Optimization


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