On Sunday, 30 July 2017, the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week wrapped up with a special episode, “Shark School with Michael Phelps.”
The production team engineers at Peacock Productions used three FUTEK Donut/Through Hole load cells as well as FUTEK instrumentation to test a great white shark’s bite force.
The three LTH500 Donut/Through Hole Load Cells were placed in a special mold that mimicked the shark’s prey. By combining the IHH500 Digital Hand Held Display and IAC200 4 Channel Summing Junction Box with the load cell setup, the production team was able to accurately measure the force of the great white shark’s bite.
The shark’s bite registered at 10,000 Newtons, which is equivalent to a car crashing into a wall at 100 miles per hour. The force reading was unprecedented, as it was the first actual shark bite to register above 6,000 Newtons.