I recently start a project to measure the force on a bathroom grab bar. The force/load is applied by the person who need to the grab bar for assistant. My aim is to do the real-time monitoring of the force and record the data in order to further make decisions in grab bar design.
I am not quite sure about what kind of sensor would be suitable to do the measurement. Right now I am using strain gauge to measure the strain and roughly calculate the force. But I think (might be wrong) there may exists some kind of force/load sensor that can clamp on the bar to do the measurement.
Any sensor types/models or suggestion are welcome.