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What are Clinometers?

11/7/2013 8:25:42 AM | by Anonymous

Clinometers

In the early clinometers, the Well’s clinometers have the essential parts of a base or flat side which can be stand on a hollow disk filled with half level of heavy liquid. Glass face of the disk is surrounded by a graduated scale that marks the angle at which the surface of the liquid stands with the flat base. In addition, zero line is parallel to the base and when the liquid stands on that line, the flat side is plumb or perpendicular. Intervening angles are marked with aid of simple conversion tables as well as the instrument indicates the rate of fall per set distance of horizontal measurement and set distance of the sloping line.

 

Clinometer has been around since the early 20th century. The early version relied heavily on weights as a means of determining distance and slope. Later incarnation of the clinometer was made of curved glass tubes filled with some type of damping liquid and a steel ball to chart angles and slopes. In today’s world, the use of electronic sensors is an important component in the design and function of the modern clinometer.

 

Clinometers are measuring devices that can be used in several different professions. They are also known as an inclinometer. These essential functions of the device are to determine accurate measurements as they can relate to height, sloping and distance. The clinometer is often used in the profession of meteorology as well as in surveying and forestry.

 

An inclinometer or clinometer is an instrument for measuring angles or depression, elevation, slope or tilt of an object with respect to gravity. It is also known as a tilt meter, slope alert, tilt indicator, slope gauge, gradiometer, level meter, gradient meter, level gauge, declinometer as well as roll and pitch indicator. The most common applications of the clinometers has to do with measuring angles as they relate to the slope of natural formations or buildings and other human construction projects.

 

The idea is to measure the angle with an eye toward identifying any amount of slope with respect to the gravity that is involved. The clinometer can be used to measure both inclines and declines based on the perspective of the individual calculating the measurements. They measure both inclines such as positive slopes as seen by an observer looking upwards and declines in negative slopes as seen by an observer looking downward using the three different units of measured percent, degree and tope.

 

These clinometers are also helpful for meteorologists who wish to measure cloud height at night by making use of the tight beam of light that is emitted by the device. Furthermore, it is possible to aim the beam at a spot on the clouds and measure how far from the earth’s surface the cloud formation is currently standing at. This could also help the meteorologist accurately predict a number of different weather conditions.

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