Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices are solid-state components in which a wave propagates along the surface of a piezoelectric material. Changes in strain or temperature cause shifts in the acoustic wave speed and/or the path length, enabling SAW devices to act as sensors. We present experimental studies on lithium niobate SAW devices acting as passively-powered devices. Sensitivity, reproducibility, and linearity are excellent when measuring strain at constant temperature, but the devices are also sensitive to temperature changes. We show experimental results of strain measurement incorporating temperature compensation.© (2011) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.