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MEASURING TEMPERATURE: PLATINUM RESISTANCE THERMOMETERS
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Platinum resistance thermometers
Within a limited range several metals and alloys have an approximately linear resistivity alteration depending on temperature. Resistance thermometers are sensors that allow determining temperature by measuring the electrical resistance of the sensor, assuming that it is in thermal equilibrium with the medium to measure. Thus, respective sensors can be used within their specific range to calculate temperature by polynomial approximation. Platinum has a positive temperature coefficient, meaning that electrical resistance increases with raising temperature. Platinum Resistance Thermometers (PRT) are often manufactured of coiled platinum wire or as film thermometers with a layer of platinum applied on non conductive substrates. They are used in the range -200°C ≤ t ≤ 850°C. Outer these bounds polynomial approximation is not assured and higher temperatures are often problematic for proper use. Depending on the application the platinum freely extends into the medium to measure, is mounted on non conductive materials or encapsulated in housings for rugged use. PRT sensors are characterised by their specific electrical resistance R0 at 0°C. The calibration is easily accomplished by length and thickness of the used wire or coating area and thickness. Common types are: Pt100 (R0 = 100Ω) Pt200 (R0 = 200 Ω) Pt500 (R0 = 500Ω) Pt1000 (R0 = 1000Ω) Pt3000 (R0 = 3000Ω) Pt6000 (R0 = 6000Ω) Pt9000 (R0 = 9000Ω) The advantage of PRT’s is their exchangeability without necessitating recalibration. To measure temperature the easy measurable property of the electrical resistance needs to be gauged. Within a given tolerance this resistance can be converted to temperature for the respective PRT type. Tolerances according to DIN IEC 751/DIN EN 60751 (1995) are: Class Class Class Class Class Class A: ±(0.15 + 0.002*|ϑ|) °C B: ±(0.30 + 0.005*|ϑ|) °C C: ±(1.20 + 0.005*|ϑ|) °C 1/3: ±[1/3*(0.3 + 0.005*|ϑ|)] °C 1/5: ±[1/5* (0.3 + 0.005*|ϑ|)] °C 1/10: ±[1/10*(0.3+ 0.005*|ϑ|)] °C

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As electrical resistance of PRT’s can become very small (e.g. 18.53 Ohm at -200°C for a Pt100 sensor) resistance of the wires used to cable the sensor may be significant. Another point to pay attention for is self-heating of the sensor due to a continuous measurement current.

Equation
As PRT’s are not completely linear polynomial approximation is required. In the range -200°C ≤ ϑ < 0°C electrical resistance at temperature t is calculated according to the polynomial:

In the range of 0°C ≤ ϑ ≤ 850°C coefficient c is set to zero and the polynomial becomes:

For conversion of electrical resistance to temperature the above equations can be used after solving for t:

Polynomial coefficients for conversion of resistance to temperature, or vice versa, from platinum resistance thermometers according to IPTS-68 and ITS-90 scale.
Coefficient a b c IPTS-68 +3.90802E-03 -5.80195E-07 -4.27350E-12 ITS-90 +3.9083E-03 -5.7750E-07 -4.1830E-12

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