Thermocouple heating impact on the temperature measurement of small volume of water in a cooling system

AlWaaly, A. A.Y., Dobson, P. S., Paul, M. C. and Steinmann, P. (2017) Thermocouple heating impact on the temperature measurement of small volume of water in a cooling system. Applied Thermal Engineering, 127, pp. 650-661. (doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.08.066)

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Abstract

Experimental and numerical analyses have been performed to investigate the heating impact of using a thermocouple for the temperature measurement of a small volume of cold water (∼24 mm3), due to thermal conduction through the wires. Two sizes of K-type thermocouple, 80 µm and 315 µm, were used to measure the temperature of cold water inside a small, thermally regulated chamber within a Centeo TG40 cooling system. The results show that thermal conduction from the ambient environment into the cold water produces a heating effect. This effect decreases for greater submersion depth of the thermocouple junction and is eliminated when the thermocouple junction is close to the copper bottom of the chamber. The inclusion of an insert into the chamber increases the thermal resistance between the copper block and the water, raising the heating effect of the thermocouple. The cooling effect of the copper block on the water is diminished when the air gap between copper block and plastic insert is increased, consequently raising the temperature inside the small well. Moreover, increasing the water height inside the large well has a negligible effect on the temperature of the small well.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Dr Manosh and Dobson, Dr Phil
Authors: AlWaaly, A. A.Y., Dobson, P. S., Paul, M. C., and Steinmann, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Applied Thermal Engineering
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1359-4311
ISSN (Online):1359-4311
Published Online:16 August 2017

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