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Sensitivity Analysis of Contact Type Vibration Measuring Sensors

Mohit Dhanda1, Pankaj Pant2, Sourabh Dogra1, Arpan Gupta1,*, Varun Dutt3

1 School of Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, 175005, India
2 National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, 177001, India
3 School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, 175005, India

* Corresponding Author: Arpan Gupta. Email:

Sound & Vibration 2022, 56(3), 235-243.


With the Internet of Things (IoT) era dawning in, we are surrounded by a plethora of sensors. The present paper focuses on MEMS-based vibration measuring accelerometers, which are ubiquitously present in smartphones, tablets, smartwatches/bands, etc. These contact type vibration sensors have the unique advantage of being very small, low cost, low power, less weighing, and easily accommodatable in electronics. However, the accuracy of these sensors needs to be quantified with respect to more accurate sensors. With this objective, the paper presents a comparison of the relative sensitivity of a MEMS-based accelerometer (MPU 6050), a Geophone, and a sensor from Xiaomi Y2 smartphone with respect to a more standard Piezoelectric ICP based accelerometer, when all sensors are tested on a shaker table. Data are measured with harmonic excitation over a frequency range of 2–184 Hz. The relative sensitivity of MPU 6050 was 90% accurate in the frequency range 18–116 Hz for RMS measurements. Other sensors such as the one used in the Xiaomi Y2 smartphone and the Geophone were less accurate. The relative sensitivity measured in this work can be used to obtain sensitivity and hence more accurate data from these low-cost accelerometers.


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Dhanda, M., Pant, P., Dogra, S., Gupta, A., Dutt, V. (2022). Sensitivity Analysis of Contact Type Vibration Measuring Sensors. Sound & Vibration, 56(3), 235–243.

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