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Paper Title Description
Steel Toe Brewing
NEW!   This paper summarizes the beer brewing process and how temperature plays an important role in making a quality beverage.

Surface Sensor

Time Response Test method

NEW!   This paper describes the method used to establish comparative time response performance values for various surface sensors as well as characteristics to consider to achieve effective and confident temperature measurements utilizing surface sensors.

RTD Performance Verification

Measurement confidence can be ensured by incorporating a program for Periodic RTD Performance Verification.  This paper will present Why and How to develop a program that meets your measurement confidence needs.

True Lifecycle Cost of a

Resistance Temperature Detector

How RTD selection criteria impacts accuracy and operating performance. Proper selection should align with the process conditions, expectations, and installation, for lowest lifecycle cost.
Matched Transmitters How to improve measurement accuracy by matching the transmitter with a PRT.
Understanding Calibration Uncertainty This guide provides an abbreviated description of the methodology used to calculate the calibration uncertainties that are included on the calibration reports provided by Burns Engineering.

Sources of Error:

Part 1, Interchangeability

This is the first paper in a series on error sources that affect the accuracy of industrial PRTs. This paper covers the topic of interchangeability, defines what it means, and gives information on the magnitude of the error and some ways to reduce the error from this source.

Sources of Error:

Part 2, Insulation Resistance

This paper discusses how insulation resistance (IR) affects the accuracy of PRTs. Information is provided on acceptable levels for IR as well as estimating the magnitude of the error due to low IR. Some suggestions are given on how to reduce the likelihood of encountering IR problems.

Sources of Error:

Part 3, Stability

This paper discusses PRT stability, it defines what it means, gives examples of the magnitude of this error and what can be done to reduce the error from this source.
As Found Calibration Data This paper discusses why the resistance at the triple point of water (RTPW) is considered the most important piece of information obtained during calibration of a Secondary Standard PRTs, and how the change in the RTPW can be used to estimate changes at other temperatures.
Small Diameter Lines Different methods for using a PRT to measure the temperature of fluids in lines from .5 to 4 inches are compared. Advantages and disadvantages are given for each method.

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