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Full-Bridge Amplification Using a Single Amplifier

This example shows a single amplifier being used to produce single-ended gain. This topology is best used in applications where the gain setting resistor can be made to match the temperature coefficient of the strain gauges. If the bridge is composed of precision resistors, with only one or two variable elements, the reference arm of the bridge can be made to act in conjunction with the feedback resistor to determine the gain. If the feedback resistor is incorporated into the design of the load cell, using resistors which match the temperature coefficient of the loadcell elements, good results can be achieved without the need for resistors with a high degree of absolute accuracy. The common mode voltage in this case, is again a function of the bridge output.