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                                     CHE 353M
                                 Experiment No. 1:

                   TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

Temperature is probably the most important and most measured property in science and
engineering. Many different temperature measuring devices have been devised and are in
common use today. Each device has its own strengths and weaknesses, and is generally
designed for a fairly specific application. As engineers, it is important for you to select
the best possible instrument for the job.

In this experiment, we will examine four types of thermometers: a liquid in glass
thermometer (LIGT), a pyrometer, two thermocouples, and a platinum resistance
thermometer (PRT). You should walk away with not only an appreciation for the wide
range of temperature measuring instruments available, but also a sense of the limitations
of each. Furthermore, you should become aware of the statistical nature of measurement
and the myriad variables that can affect accuracy and precision.

Liquid in Glass Thermometers. Everyone is familiar with liquid in glass thermometers
(LIGTs). In fact, the first known thermometers were of the LIGT type. Although they
are decidedly ―low tech‖ devices, LIGTs of extremely high accuracy and precision can be
constructed today. The concept behind LIGTs is very straightforward: a liquid in a
narrow sealed glass tube expands and contracts with temperature, and temperature is read
by a scale alongside the tube. For a number of important reasons, the liquid is typically
mercury, although alcohol and other organic liquids can also be used. Several criteria for
the liquid must be met to make a good thermometer:

           Liquid must remain a liquid over a wide temperature range
           Liquid should have a low vapor pressure
           Liquid should have a linear expansion vs. temperature response
           Liquid should not wet the glass
           Liquid should have a large expansion coefficient for sensitivity

    Mercury is superior to organic liquids in all the above criteria except the last.
However, mercury freezes at -38.9°C; to measure temperatures below this, organic
liquids must be used.
    Although they are seemingly simple devices, many subtle details must be
incorporated into the design of LIGTs to insure accuracy, fast response, sensitivity, and
durability. For example, uniformity of the bore diameter is critical for accuracy. Of
course, as temperature increases, the glass expands, and the bore size slightly increases.
This effect must be taken into account in high accuracy thermometers.
    The thermometer we will be using in this experiment has been calibrated against a
standard at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A calibration


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certificate was shipped with the thermometer.             This certificated certifies the
thermometer’s accuracy as ±0.04°C within the temperature range of 0 to 100°C.
    Please Note: This thermometer is an extremely accurate instrument and it is very
expensive (over $400!). In addition to the cost factor, there is also a safety concern about
mercury exposure if the thermometer breaks. Due to both the safety and cost concerns,
please exercise great care when handling the thermometer. Return it to its protective
case when it is not in use. Remember this is a thermometer, not a stir rod!!

Resistance Thermometers. Most metals exhibit an increase in their electrical resistance
as their temperature is increased. Although a variety metals can be used, platinum has
become the metal of choice for precision resistance thermometers. It offers a large
measuring range, is very stable, and can be made very pure. Platinum resistance
thermometers (PRTs) are typically made of a thin coiled platinum wire placed in a
protective sealed metal or glass sheath. The sheath serves to guard the element against
contamination, oxidation, and mechanical strain.
    Our PRT is based on the ITS-90 standard, which states the thermometer should be
useful in the range of 13.8K to 962°C. In addition, the thermometer’s resistance has been
made so that it is 100 at 0°C.
    One source of inaccuracy in PRTs is the lead wire resistance. The lead wires will
have a small amount of resistance, which also changes with temperature. Some PRTs are
specially designed so that the lead wire resistance can be measured and factored out of
the resistance measurement. Our PRT has no such capability.

Thermocouples. In 1821, Thomas Seebeck discovered that when two different metals
are joined at two different junctions, an electrical current will flow if the temperatures of
the two junctions are different (Fig. 1). Using this principle, if the temperature of one
junction is held constant and the circuit is broken at the other junction, a temperature
measuring element is created. By measuring the so called ―Seebeck Voltage‖ across the
open circuit, the temperature can be determined by the equation:

                                          VAB = AB ∙ T                              (Eq. 1)

where AB is the Seebeck coefficient for metals A and B (V/°C), and T is the absolute
temperature.
                                           Metal A


                    T1                                       I         T2



                                           Metal B

                                           Fig. 1




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   If the two leads of the thermocouple are attached directly to a voltmeter (Fig. 2a), the
wire connections to the instrument will create additional thermocouples at room
temperature and the voltage readings will be meaningless (Fig. 2b).


               Metal A                                                        Metal A
          -                                                                                      +
                                             Tmeas
 V                             I                          Vmeas = V1 + V2                       V1
                                                                                                 -
                                                                                                           J1

          +                                                                         - V2 +
               Metal B                                              Metal A                     Metal B

                                                                                         J2
                  Fig. 2a                                                          Fig. 2b

   To avoid this problem, a reference point junction called an ―ice point‖ is used (Fig. 3).
By cooling the unwanted junctions to 0°C in an ice-water bath, a fixed voltage difference
between the unknown temperature and the 0°C junction is created which allows the
unknown temperature to be measured accurately. With this setup, V2 is set to 0, so Eq. 1
can be used to measure temperature:

                         Vmeas = V1 + V2 = AB(Tmeas - 0) = AB Tmeas

               Metal A                                                         Metal A
         -                                                                                       +
                                    +
                                                            Vmeas = V1 + V2                     V1         J1
 V                                 V1
                                    -
                                                  Tmeas
                                                                                                 -
         +                - V2 +                                                    -    V2 +
               Metal A                  Metal B
                                                                      Metal A                    Metal B

                                                                                          J2
                            T=0
                                                  Fig. 3

    Thermocouples are designated by letter to indicate the types of metals used in them.
In this experiment, we will be using J, K, and T type thermocouples. Each type has a
standard connector color. Table 1 lists the composition of each thermocouple and their
connector colors. The three thermocouples generate approximately 42-55V/°C in the
temperature range being used in our experiment. Typically, thermocouple charts of
voltage vs. temperature can be found in the CRC handbook of Physics and Chemistry.

                     Type       + wire              - wire   Connector
                      J          Iron             Constantan   Black
                      K        Chromel             Alumel     Yellow
                      T        Copper             Constantan   Blue
                   Table 1. Thermocouple materials


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Constantan, Alumel, and Chromel are trade names for specific alloys:

       Constantan: 55% Cu, 45% Ni                                  (all percentages are by weight)
       Alumel: 95% Ni, 2% Mn, 2% Al, 1% Si
       Chromel: 84.5% Ni, 14.2% Cr, 1.4% Si

These alloys and metals have been chosen because they have large Seebeck coefficients.
The larger the Seebeck coefficient, the more sensitive the thermometer is.

Pyrometers. Pyrometers read temperatures by measuring the intensity of infrared
radiation emitted from an object. Because they provide a non-contact method of
measurement, they can be used to measure extremely high temperatures. In addition,
because they do not need to equilibrate to the temperature they are measuring, they can
have very rapid response times. Pyrometers are useful in situations where actually
contacting the object to be measured is impractical or impossible.
    The theory behind pyrometers is based on Planck’s law for a blackbody radiator. A
blackbody radiator is an object which absorbs all incident radiation and emits radiation in
a spectral distribution that depends on its temperature. All objects above 0°K emit some
amount of thermal radiation. The radiation is not emitted at a single wavelength, but over
a range of wavelengths that can be described by Planck’s famous equation:

                                                       2hc 2
                                  W ( , T )                                                        (Eq. 2)
                                                 5  (e hc / kT  1)
       where:    W = radiant power intensity over a hemisphere (energy/volume)
                 h = Planck’s constant = 6.626×10-34 J∙s
                 c = speed of light in a vacuum = 2.998×108 m/s
                  = wavelength of radiation emitted
                 k = Boltzmann’s constant = 1.38×10-23 J/K
                 T = absolute temperature of radiator

Figure 2 shows a plot of the output of several blackbody radiators at different
temperatures.




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                                                               Fig 2: Planck's Law for a Blackbody Radiator
                                          12.000


                                          10.000

           Radiant Intensity (W/cm 2m)
                                                          1500K

                                           8.000
                                                                    1400K

                                           6.000
                                                                     1300K
                                           4.000
                                                                            1200K

                                                                             1100K
                                           2.000


                                           0.000
                                                   0.5   1.5          2.5            3.5       4.5       5.5   6.5   7.5
                                                                                      Wavelength (m )



   Planck’s law is only valid for blackbody radiators, which do not exist in nature (all
objects will reflect or transmit a certain amount of incident radiation). To correct for this,
a material property called emissivity is used. Emissivity is defined as:

                                                                            =1–r–t                                      (Eq. 3)

where r and t are reflectance and transmittance. Thus, for a blackbody,  will be 1; all
other objects will have an emissivity < 1. If an opaque object is being measured, then t
can be neglected. Multiplying Planck’s Law by emissivity of a non-blackbody radiator
will approximate the output of the object.
    Integrating Planck’s Law over the entire spectrum gives the Stefan-Boltzmann Law:

                                                                               W = ∙T4                                    (Eq. 4)

where  is the Stefan-Boltzmann constant, 5.6687×10-8 J/K4∙m2∙s. This law gives the
power output of the radiator across the whole spectrum. Multiplying the right hand side
of Eq. 4 by emissivity will give the total power output for a non-blackbody radiator.
    Our pyrometer works basically by measuring the spectral emission of an object
between 8 and 14m and comparing it to the Stefan-Boltzmann and Planck laws. The
emissivity of the object being measured must be known and entered into the pyrometer.
Thus, the accuracy of the temperature measurement is highly dependent on how well you
know the emissivity. Oxidation, dirt, and other surface deposits will all affect the
emissivity of an object. In addition, emissivity will change with viewing angle,
wavelength, and temperature.




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Time Constant. If a measuring element is subjected to a step change in temperature
from its surroundings, the response of the element is not instantaneous. If this
temperature change is not too large, it reacts as a first order system, according to
Newton’s law of cooling:
                                 dT
                                     (T (t )  T f )
                                 dt

where T is the temperature of the element (function of time) and Tf is temperature of the
cooling bath (a constant).
   The above relation can be made into an equation by using a proportionality constant:

                                 dT   1                                         (Eq. 5)
                                     (T (t )  T f )
                                 dt   

where  is the time constant.
  This equation is a first order linear ODE, which has the initial condition of:

                                          Tt=0 = Ti

   The solution to the differential equation is:

                                T(t) = Tf + (Ti – Tf)∙exp(-t/)                    (Eq. 6)

    The physical meaning of this solution is that when one time constant has passed, the
change in the temperature from the initial temperature is (1 – 1/e) times the total change
that will occur. The time constant represents a measure of the response time of an
instrument to a sudden (step) change in the temperature of its surroundings.

Procedure.
Please bring a 3.5” floppy disk or a Zip disk to store data on.

   1) The precision of two thermocouples will be investigated. You will be measuring
      the temperature of Hotplate 2 via the surface mount thermocouples. First, flip the
      toggle switch to Hotplate 2. Now, double-click on the ―Hotplate‖ icon on the
      Windows desktop. This Labview program allows you to control and monitor the
      hotplate’s temperature. Set the hotplate’s temperature to 80°C and turn it on.
      When it has stabilized, record temperatures from the K-type and T-type
      thermocouples at least 30 times at regular intervals. Labview will store the
      results in an Excel file for you to copy from.

   2) Calibrate the platinum resistance thermometer (PRT) and the K and T-type
      thermocouples with the NIST standard thermometer. Prepare four baths at 0, 20,
      40, and 75°C. The 0°C bath can be made by filling a Dewar flash with crushed
      ice and distilled water. Make the 20°C bath by letting DI water equilibrate at
      room temperature (it is understood that the temperature will not be exactly 20°C).


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       The 40°C and 75°C baths are available in the laboratory and are electronically
       heated by thermostatic control.

       Measure the resistance of the PRT via the multimeter at each of the four
       temperatures to calibrate it. At the same time, measure the temperature using the
       NIST thermometer. Measure the temperature at least 4 times for each bath.

       Do the same to calibrate the K and T-type thermocouples. Use the ―Hotplate‖
       program again to record the temperatures.

   3) The time constant will be measured for the T-type probe thermocouple. Double-
      click the ―Time Constant‖ icon on the Windows desktop. This program provides
      a real-time chart output of the thermocouple temperature. Heat the probe in an
      85°C water bath. Once the temperature of the thermocouple has stabilized at
      85°C, hit the ―Record‖ button, and then quickly transfer it to the 40°C bath. Do
      not end the run until steady state is reached. Perform this measurement at least
      five times.

   4) Use the pyrometer to measure the emissivity of three unknown samples. You will
      be using Hotplate 1 to conduct the measurements. Flip the toggle switch to
      Hotplate 1, then double-click the ―Pyrometer‖ icon on the Windows desktop.
      This program controls and monitors the hotplate’s temperature via the surface
      mount T-type thermocouple. Set the hotplate to 80°C. Place each sample
      material near the center of the hotplate and measure its temperature with the
      pyrometer. Be sure the object fills the circle in viewfinder of the pyrometer, and
      measure directly above it. Adjust the emissivity value until the temperature reads
      the same as that on the computer screen. Record the emissivity, the hotplate
      temperature as read by the computer, and the temperature as read by the
      pyrometer. Repeat this measurement at least 4 times.

Lab Write-Up.

Results and Analysis Sections:
   JMP or other statistics software may be used for the analyses.
   1) Generate histograms of the data taken from the two thermocouples in Part 1 of the
       experiment. Calculate the mean, standard deviation, and variance. Report the
       95% confidence limits.
   2) Report the calibrations along with 95% confidence limits for the two
       thermocouples and the resistance thermometer. Display the confidence intervals
       on the graph. Report an equation in the form of y = mx + b, where x is the
       temperature of the standard, y is the temperature of the instrument being
       calibrated, m is the calibration slope, and b is the calibration intercept.
       Remember, T must be expressed in absolute units (K). Present all of your
       calibrations graphically in the Results section. Note: The output from the PRT
       must be converted from ohms to °C—see the ITS-90 standard PRT conversion
       table attached to this handout.



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   3) From the calibration data, generate a plot of (Texpt – TNIST) v. TNIST for each
      thermocouple and for the PRT. (Plot all three on one graph. This lets you
      compare overall accuracy visually.)
   4) Report the mean time constant and its 95% confidence limits obtained for the T-
      type thermocouple. Use two methods to solve for the time constant. Method A:
      To find the time constant, plot a graph of ln(T-Tf) vs. t for all runs. Show the
      graph for one run in the Results section of your report. Method B: algebraically
      solve for the time constant in Eq. 6 of this handout. (Readjust your time values so
      that time=0 when temperature change begins to take place.) Using this new
      equation, plot a graph of time constant vs. time. For the interval of time where
      temperature change is taking place you should see a horizontal line in your graph
      (demonstrating that the time constant is independent of time). Use the equation of
      the mean of this line to report the mean time constant and its 95% confidence
      limits. Show the graph for one run in the Results section of your report.
      Important: You will need to use your calibration equation for the thermocouple to
      adjust the temperatures to their correct values.
   5) Calculate and report the mean emissivity values for each sample along with the
      standard deviation, variance, and 95% confidence limits (assuming the data has a
      normal distribution). You will be given one or more mystery samples. Use the
      emissivity value you attain along with the table of emissivity values to identify
      the mystery material(s).

Discussion Section:
   1) Discuss the relative precision of the K and T-type thermocouples based on the
       measurements taken in Part 1 of the experiment. Discuss what you know about
       their accuracy.
   2) For calibration portion of the experiment (Part 2), comment on the relative
       precision and accuracy of the PRT and the K and T-type thermocouples. Discuss
       qualitatively and quantitatively how you arrived at your conclusions. Does the
       most accurate device change at different temperature intervals? (Hint: look at the
       difference plot generated from analysis #2.)
   3) Can you use the calibration data from the probe type thermocouples to calibrate
       the surface mount thermocouples? Why or why not? State any assumptions that
       you make.
   4) How would the time constant change if your initial bath temperature was 100ºC?
       If you had started recording data after the thermocouple was placed in the ice
       bath, how would that affect your results?
   5) Did different methods for solving the time constant produce different results?
       Discuss how different mathematical techniques can sometimes produce different
       results even when the original data has not changed. Which method of the two did
       you prefer?
   6) Discuss the accuracy and precision of the pyrometer. Discuss how the accuracy
       of the emissivity measurements can be improved.
   7) Using the experimentally determined emissivities and 95% confidence limits,
       deduce the identity of the unknown materials using the emissivity chart provided
       by your teaching assistant.



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   8) Report any other observations regarding the relative (or absolute) performance of
      the instruments. What factors besides precision and accuracy are important in
      choosing a temperature measuring device for a particular application? Give
      specific examples of where each device might best be used.
   9) Address the errors (both known and unknown) associated with all the
      experiments. This question should be answered very thoroughly. Are there
      systematic errors in the experiments? How could the accuracy of the experiments
      be improved?

Sample Calculations:
   1) Show the calculations used for the linear regression analysis and confidence limits
      (for both m and b) for any one calibration curve.
   2) Show how you calculated the time constants, their average, and their confidence
      limits.




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          Resistance vs. Temperature values for an
  ITS-90 standard platinum resistance thermometer (SPRT)
                                   263 to 282K

Temp (K)   Ohms      Temp (K)   Ohms           Temp (K)   Ohms      Temp (K)   Ohms
    263      96.03       293     107.74            323     119.34       353     130.84
    264      96.42       294     108.12            324     119.72       354     131.22
    265      96.81       295     108.51            325     120.11       355     131.60
    266      97.20       296     108.90            326     120.49       356     131.98
    267      97.59       297     109.29            327     120.88       357     132.37
    268      97.99       298     109.68            328     121.26       358     132.75
    269      98.38       299     110.06            329     121.65       359     133.13
    270      98.77       300     110.45            330     122.03       360     133.51
    271      99.16       301     110.84            331     122.42       361     133.89
    272      99.55       302     111.23            332     122.80       362     134.27
    273      99.94       303     111.61            333     123.18       363     134.65
    274     100.33       304     112.00            334     123.57       364     135.03
    275     100.72       305     112.39            335     123.95       365     135.41
    276     101.11       306     112.78            336     124.34       366     135.79
    277     101.50       307     113.16            337     124.72       367     136.17
    278     101.89       308     113.55            338     125.10       368     136.55
    279     102.28       309     113.94            339     125.49       369     136.93
    280     102.67       310     114.32            340     125.87       370     137.31
    281     103.06       311     114.71            341     126.25       371     137.69
    282     103.45       312     115.10            342     126.63       372     138.07
    283     103.84       313     115.48            343     127.02       373     138.45
    284     104.23       314     115.87            344     127.40       374     138.83
    285     104.62       315     116.26            345     127.78       375     139.21
    286     105.01       316     116.64            346     128.17       376     139.59
    287     105.40       317     117.03            347     128.55       377     139.96
    288     105.79       318     117.41            348     128.93       378     140.34
    289     106.18       319     117.80            349     129.31       379     140.72
    290     106.57       320     118.18            350     129.69       380     141.10
    291     106.96       321     118.57            351     130.08       381     141.48
    292     107.35       322     118.95            352     130.46       382     141.86




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                  Table of Emissivity Values
                               8-14m

Aluminum (oxidized)     0.11          Gold              0.02
Brass                   0.04          Nickel            0.05
Graphite                0.76          Steel             0.07
Glass                   0.92          Silver            0.01
Chromium                0.08          Shale             0.69
Copper (unoxidized)     0.03          Lampblack         0.95
Mercury                 0.10          Ceramic (white)   0.90
Inconel                 0.28          Platinum          0.05
Iron (oxidized)         0.74          Marble (white)    0.92
Iron (unoxidized)       0.21          Silicon           0.65
Lead (oxidized)         0.28          Iridium           0.45




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