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ADIS16470 - exceeding 40 g


I am building a model rocket for an extracurricular project at my school and the rocket will peak at 60 (!) g of acceleration. I wanted to know if the behaviour of the ADIS16470 IMU or any other 40 g accelerometer for that matter was known after it has saturated. Once the acceleration reduces underneath its maximum of 40 g, does it behave normally? Or does it have a sort of bias that would need to be accounted for afterwards? I am currently torn between using this IMU as-is or rotating it to be angled to split the 60 g of acceleration evenly between all three axis and therefore bringing it under 40 g.

Additionally, if someone had any advice or could point me towards a better solution where I wouldn't run into this limit. Perhaps if another known IMU can handle the 60 g of acceleration, or if I would be better off using a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope triad separately.

Thank you!


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  • Hi NevadaMark,

    Thank you for your answer. Last week we just did a first launch with our rocket at a lower altitude and speed, bringing the total acceleration to around 10g. While I haven't analyzed the data yet, it looks quite good I must say! We have another launch next Saturday with similar conditions for some more tests, as sadly the rocket didn't land properly and was slightly damaged.

    The full test at 60g should be at the end of July. Great to hear that there is no known residual bias from exposure above the maximum range.

    Thank you,