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Resistance vs. Temperature Tables

Resistance vs. Temperature Tables for common alpha values and ice point resistances.  Covers the temperature ranges from -200°C to 500°C (-330°F to 900°F)

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.

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 5, Hysteresis

This is the fifth installment in a series on error sources that affect the accuracy of industrial PRTs. This paper covers the topic of hysteresis, defines what it means, and gives information on the magnitude of the error and some ways 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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