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measuring temperature of a diameter 0.185mm wire

Postby Guest » Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:49 am

I am trying to measure the temperature of a diameter 0.185mm wire. This wire is heated electrically. I need to know the temperature vs time information. How can I go about measuring it?

Other requirements - portable system, possible to hook up to computer if required.

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Postby PeterF » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:11 pm

Hi,
This is a difficult one. You cannot use any sensor which contacts the wire as that would cool it down.
First thought would be to try a non-contact infra-red sensing thermometer.

http://www.k-instruments.co.uk/acatalog ... oring.html

Only other way I can think of is to very accurately measure the current through the wire and the voltage across the section that is getting hot. This will give you the resistance. Comparing the resistance when cold to the hot resistance will give an indication of the actual temperature of the wire. (resistance changes with temperature).

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Postby 0001T » Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:51 am

Thanks for the reply. As for the infra-red sensing thermometer, does it require to aim specifically at a point to obtain the temperature? Or is it able to cover an area?

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Postby PeterF » Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:32 pm

Hi,

The infra-red thermometer is not one of our products, so I can't tell you much about it. I would imagine that, within limits, it detects the hottest thing in it's capture area. Best to ask the manufacturer.

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