Error in Temperature Measurements Due to Conduction Along the Sensor Leads

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B. S. Singh, A. Dybbs

Department of Fluid, Thermal and Aerospace Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

J. Heat Transfer 98(3), 491-495 (Aug 01, 1976) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450581 History: Received June 14, 1976; Online August 11, 2010


When a sensor is embedded in a solid body to measure its internal temperature, any conduction to, or from, its sensing element may cause the indicated temperature to be different from the true temperature. This paper describes an analysis of the error caused by conduction when there is an arbitrary temperature distribution in thebbody along the sensor. The sensor is modeled as a cylindrical fin and the appropriate conduction equation is solved. The solution gives a correction for the error which depends on such parameters as, depth of immersion, thermocouple wire and insulation properties, contact between the sensor and the body, and temperature distribution in the body. The latter may not be known, but the measured temperature distribution can be used as a first approximation. The corrected value can then be used to obtain a better estimate of the error. The results show good agreement with experimental observations.

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