Operation of a temperature dry-well calibrator

Dry-well calibrators are portable instruments for the simple on-site calibration of temperature measuring instruments. A temperature dry-well calibrator includes an electrically heated or cooled metal block, an accurate temperature control and an internal reference with indicator for determining the block temperature. In the metal block is really a bore for accepting the insert. This exchangeable insert is supplied with a number of bores with individual diameters and serves for the adaption of the test items.
With Silly -site calibration, the thermometer to be tested could be taken directly out of its thermowell in the plant, and never have to interrupt the electrical connections to the evaluation system, and inserted in to the appropriate bore of the insert. Here it should generally be ensured that the bore diameter, considering the thermal expansion of the calibration item, is selected to be as tight as possible, since any air gap between your test item and the insert impairs heat transfer. Therefore, the bore diameter should be a maximum of 0.5 mm higher than the external diameter of the test item.
Structure of a dry-well calibrator
The mandatory temperature with that your test item ought to be calibrated is regulated with the calibrator. Frequently temperature probes are calibrated at the respective process temperature. Once a thermal equilibrium has been set between the thermometer being tested and the calibrator, the measuring deviation of the test item can be recorded. This corresponds to the temperature difference between its temperature and the reference temperature displayed on the calibrator. The total measurement uncertainty is made up of the accuracy of the calibrator and the short-term stability of the test item. With Dreamy to the temperature range and the properties of the calibration item, calibration is completed with a measurement uncertainty of 0.1 K to 3 K.
What else should be taken into account?
The minimum immersion depth for dry well calibrators is 70 mm. That is driven by the axial gradient, since warm air rises from underneath up. Should the minimum immersion depth not be reached, an external reference thermometer can be used for calibration. This is then placed on exactly the same level as the object to be calibrated and the results are compared with one another.
Recommended rule of thumb for the immersion depth of a test item
Diameter of the test item x 15 or for a known sensitive length: sensitive length + diameter of the test item x 10
Note
More info on our portable temperature calibrators and services are available on the WIKA website.

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