Compensation of Self-Heating in the Measurement of the Dynamic Response of a Thermoresistive Sensor

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J. S. R. Neto, G. S. Deep, R. C. S. Freire, A. M. N. Lima

Department of Electrical Engineering-CCT, Federal University of Paraiba, 58.109-970 Campina Grande, PB, Brasil

P. C. Lobo

Department of Mechancial Engineering-CT, Federal University of Paraiba, 58.059-900 Joao Pessoa, PB, Brasil

J. Sol. Energy Eng 119(3), 225-228 (Aug 01, 1997) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2888023 History: Received August 01, 1995; Revised January 01, 1997; Online February 14, 2008


In the experimental determination of the response time of a thermoresistive sensor to a radiation step, one needs to monitor the variation of the ohmic resistance of the sensor with time. This requires passing electrical current through the sensor, which introduces error in the measured response time due to the additional self-heating of the sensor by the electrical current. A theoretical method to eliminate this error is formulated and experimental results are presented. The proposed method also permits experimental determination of the heat capacity (mc) and heat transfer coefficient (UA). The sensitivity analysis of τ = mc/UA permits the optimal choice for the resistance measurement currents.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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