The Effect of Sensor Size on the Performance of Flush-Mounted Hot-Film Sensors

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M. J. Moen, S. P. Schneider

School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

J. Fluids Eng 116(2), 273-277 (Jun 01, 1994) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910266 History: Received February 19, 1993; Revised August 17, 1993; Online May 23, 2008


A parametric study was performed to determine the effect of sensor size on the performance of flush-mounted hot-film sensors, operated using constant-temperature anemometry. Three nickel sensors with surfaces of 12.5 × 125 microns, 25 × 250 microns, and 50 × 500 microns were deposited on glass flat-plate substrates. The frequency response and sensitivity of the sensors were measured using both electrical and flow testing. Electrical testing was performed using both sine and square waves. Flow testing was performed in a shock tube by subjecting the flush-mounted sensors to a shock-induced boundary layer. As the sensor size was decreased, frequency response increased and sensitivity decreased. These trends were observed for both electronic and flow testing conditions.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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