Effects of thermocouple electrical insulation on the measurement of surface temperature

AlWaaly, A. A.Y., Paul, M. C. and Dobson, P. S. (2015) Effects of thermocouple electrical insulation on the measurement of surface temperature. Applied Thermal Engineering, 89, pp. 421-431. (doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2015.06.020)

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Analytical, numerical and experimental analyses have been performed to investigate the effects of thermocouple wire electrical insulation on the temperature measurement of a reference surface. Two diameters of type K thermocouple, 80 μm and 200 μm, with different exposed wire lengths (0 mm, 5 mm, 10 mm, 15 mm and 20 mm) were used to measure various surface temperatures (4 °C, 8 °C, 15 °C, 25 °C and 35 °C). Measurements were made with the thermocouple in direct contact with the surface, with wires extending vertically and exposed to natural convection. Analytical results of the thermocouple wire with insulation confirm that there is no specific value for the critical radius and the rate of heat flux around the thermocouple wire continuously increases with the wire diameter even when this is larger than the critical radius. Numerical simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics software also confirms that there is negligible thermal effect from the electrical insulation. Moreover, the experimental results agree well with those obtained by both the analytical and numerical methods and further confirm that the diameter of the thermocouple has an impact on the temperature measurement.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Professor Manosh and Dobson, Dr Phil
Authors: AlWaaly, A. A.Y., Paul, M. C., and Dobson, P. S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Applied Thermal Engineering
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1873-5606
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Applied Thermal Engineering 89:421-431
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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