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Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
Experimental measurements are made for the steady-state frequency response of a supported thermocouple wire. In particular, the effects of axial heat conduction are demonstrated for both a supported one material wire (type K) and a two material wire (type T) with unequal material properties across the junction. The data for the amplitude ratio and phase angle are correlated to within 10% with the theoretical predictions of Fralick and Forney (1992) for a laser-heated junction with no bead. This is accomplished by choosing a natural frequency ωn for the wire data to correlate the first-order response at large gas temperature frequencies. Moreover, it is found that a large bead size (roughly twice the wire diameter) will increase the amplitude ratio at low frequencies and distort the phase angle. In the latter case, it is necessary to increase the thermocouple wire length by 20% in the theory to correlate the data when the junctions have beads (silver soldered).
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