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    Ruggedised temperature sensors

    Recently I made a post outlining a shock dynamometer that I'd made. Shock dyno (or Shock absorber dynamometer)
    In that post I mentioned in passing, the temperature sensors that I used on the shocks being tested. There seems to be some interest in these sensors in their own right, hence this post which will go into greater detail. I have made several of these sensors and use them in various applications such as the shock dyno mentioned but also on a flow bench as another example. The flow bench will be the subject of another post in the future.

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    Here are examples of the finished sensors.

    The base sensors are of the semi-conductor variety and in many applications they are too delicate without some form of protection. To that end I make an aluminium housing to suit the application and pot the sensor using epoxy. I use either an LM34 (deg.F) or an LM35 (deg. C) chip which are simple 3 wire analog devices. There is an earth or common wire, a power supply wire and the 3rd is the DC signal output.

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    The sensor shown with my housing prior to potting in epoxy.

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    On the left the sensor and soldered cable encased in wet epoxy, next we see the sensor potted in the housing.

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    Some heat shrink tubing over the cable entrance is used to seal it and provide support for the cable. This finishes the assembly and makes it suitable for harsh environments.

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    Here is an example showing a sensor fitted to a venturi used for flow measurement.

    I'll go into more detail of how I deal with the output signals when I make the post on the flow bench.


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    Last edited by tonyfoale; 01-20-2017 at 09:05 AM. Reason: Added link to shock dyno post.

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