What are Thermocouples?

Simply put, this device is used for measuring temperature. The device's functions are made possible by joining materials that have different Setback coefficients. First, two separate wires (from different materials) are connected at the end. Temperature gradients exist to connect the wire junction and reference junctions: this is where EMF is generated. Measuring the change of electrical potential is the basis for thermocoupling in a nutshell. These devices are created in different ways, but they are most commonly made from platinum alloys, chromel-constantan, and iron-constantan.

The junctions for thermocouple comes in different forms as well. There are three basic forms to consider. There is:

Regardless of the form, thermocouples can be made as portable or permanent.

Different types of thermocouples, each of which have their own unique characteristics, are available for purchase. The different types affect temperature range, durability, vibration, and chemical resistance. You have a choice between Type: J, K, T, E, R, S, and B. The devices are great because of their accuracy and price point. They are very affordable. To find more information about the different types of thermocouples, call a local distributor to get a full break down of how each product functions.

When comparing thermocouples to RTDs, there is a few things to consider. This includes:

Temperature Range- Both products can achieve different ranges, and so you want the one that best works with your application.

Cost- thermocouples are usually cheaper but there is a reason behind the cheaper price.

Accuracy- RTDs are argued to me more accurate than thermocouples, and this is especially the case for low temperatures.

Stability- an RTD tend to be more stable as well.

Durability- Thermocouples are built stronger and are more likely to last over several years

Consider your different options when it comes to temperature measurement. Getting the proper devices will ensure your applications works smoothly.

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