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A Note on Grounded Thermocouple Circuits

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R. P. Benedict, R. J. Russo

Large Turbine Division, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Lester, Pa.

J. Basic Eng 94(2), 377-380 (Jun 01, 1972) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3425428 History: Received August 19, 1971; Online October 27, 2010

Abstract

Basic circuits involving the thermocouple as a temperature-sensing device have been described and analyzed in the literature. However, relatively little has been written on the thermocouple as part of an overall instrument circuit wherein external electrical effects are important. After reviewing the more important electrical effects which are extraneous to the basic thermocouple circuit, the problem of multiple grounds in a thermocouple proper is considered in some detail. Experiment and analysis indicate that serious errors in temperature measurement can result from the use of improper grounds in thermocouple circuits.

Copyright © 1972 by ASME
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