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So, What is a Platinum RTD?principle of operationfabricationspecificationssummary 
 
So, what is a Platinum RTD?
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–Doris Garvey
  RdF Corporation
 

Temperature measurement can be very simple or very complex, depending on your application and requirements. Understanding these platinum RTD specifications is an important first step toward finding the right device. International industrial RTD standards exist only for platinum RTDs.

   
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esistance temperature detectors (RTDs) operate on the inherent propensity of metal to exhibit a change in electrical resistance as a result of a change in temperature. We are all aware that metals are conductive materials. It is actually the inverse of a metal's conductivity, or its resistivity, that brought about the development of RTDs. Each metal has a specific and unique resistivity that can be determined experimentally. This resistance, “R”, is directly proportional to a metal wire's length, “L”, and inversely proportional to the cross-sectional area, “A”:

 

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where: = the constant of proportionality, or the resistivity of the material.

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Temperature measurement is essential to a wide variety of industries. This task can be handled by resistance temperature detectors, or RTDs, which are available in a variety of configurations and ratings, such as sanitary and explosion proof, to satisfy the particular application.

 

 

 


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