Thermistor Temperature Sensor Blog Archive

Thermistor Sensor Blog Archive

The thermistor sensor blog archive contains articles relating to temperature measurement, compensation, and control.

Arduino and Thermistors – The Secret to Accurate Room Temperature

We’ve made a discovery and wanted to share it with you; introducing the Arduino Uno. If you’re an electronics geek who’s been wanting to learn more about the vast community of “Hardware Hackers” out there, read on! We discovered that you could hack together some awesome stuff with an Arduino Uno and other electrical components such as thermistor temperature sensors. And when you combine the Arduino and thermistors the possibilities are endless. We … Continue Reading

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Thermistor Fan Control in Gaming Applications

A New Application Thermistors are expanding in their applications every day. This year, EVGA, an American computer hardware company, redesigned its leading cooler to better monitor and cool power components in addition to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) component. In order to accomplish this, EVGA introduced Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) thermistors to its Printed Circuit Board (PCB). These NTC thermistors express large decreases in resistance in response to small increases … Continue Reading

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5 Thermistor Sensor Considerations When Selecting An NTC Thermistor

These 5 thermistor sensor considerations will make selecting the right NTC thermistor easy Selecting a thermistor temperature sensor can be confusing, and you have a lot of options to choose from. You don’t want to risk equipment failure or circuit breaker short-outs. So, how do you make the right selection without sacrificing performance and giving up quality? See what the 5 thermistor sensor considerations are all about to find out!   … Continue Reading

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Glass-Encapsulated Thermistors For Automotive and Industrial Applications

Application Overview Ametherm’s DG series glass-encapsulated thermistors provide long-term stability and reliability for high-accuracy temperature sensing in automotive and industrial applications. Hermetically sealed, the thermistors eliminate errors in resistance readings due to moisture penetration, while offering high operating temperatures and a compact size. DG Series Application Benefits Provide faster, more-accurate, and less-expensive alternatives to thermocouples and RTD probes Free from limitations due to solder temperature, which enables them to offer … Continue Reading

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Thermal Time Constant and NTC Thermistors: A Practical Study

The Relationship between Thermal Time Constant and Temperature Sensors In this article, we’ll break down the relationship between the thermal time constant and NTC thermistors. We’ll also cover the importance of selecting the right thermistor with characteristics that will produce the correct thermal time constant for your application. Further down in this article, we demonstrate one way to measure thermal time constant; running two tests, then present the results. What is Thermal … Continue Reading

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Temperature Sensors – Thermistors versus Thermocouples

Temperature Sensors – Thermistors vs Thermocouples We Weigh the Pros and Cons of Each Type of Temperature Sensor Thermistors vs Thermocouples. They’re both good choices for temperature measurement and temperature control applications depending on your application requirements. For electrical engineers faced with the task of managing one or more temperature detection circuits, choosing the right temperature sensing device for a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) can be confusing. When you go … Continue Reading

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Thermistor – Temperature Detection Fire Alarm Example

Thermistors serve a crucial role in temperature detection. For example, thermistor temperature detection can be used in fire alarms to detect fires based on a sudden change in temperature. Unlike photoelectric detectors or ionization alarms, thermistors only require heat to activate. Thermistors are temperature-sensing elements made of semiconductor material that displays large changes in resistance in proportion to small changes in temperature. Photoelectric and Ionization Fire Alarms The photoelectric detector requires heavy smoke … Continue Reading

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The Secret To Successful Thermistor Beta Calculations

What Do RT1, RT2, T1, and T2 Have In Common? They are the main components of Thermistor Beta Calculations as it relates to temperature measurement, compensation, and control. And if you are an engineer in an industry such as automotive or HVAC where things like coolant and air intake temperatures are crucial to the safety and performance of a vehicle or unit, chances are you will deal with beta calculations … Continue Reading

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NTC Thermistors Used In Tesla Hyperloop Pod

Award-Winning Hyperloop Pod Uses NTC Thermistors A team of engineers use NTC thermistors in their design for a high-speed transportation pod.  The thermistors accurately sense temperatures and create a map of the application’s heat. Teslarati recently conducted an interview with members of the Badgerloop team, 3rd-place winners of SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod design competition in January.  The Hyperloop is Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “fifth mode” of transportation where passengers in a … Continue Reading

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Thermistors used to Measure Temperature in Lake Tahoe

Recently, the SFGate released an article about how thermistors are used to measure temperature change in Lake Tahoe. The article states that over the past 40 years, global warming has caused the temperature of lakes to rise, affecting the natural habitat for fish species and algae blooms. Scientists at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center carefully monitor the lake’s temperature using thermistors carried by large ocean buoys. Signals from the buoys transmit data via satellite to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in … Continue Reading

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ACCU-CURVE™ Thermistors for High Accuracy Temperature Sensing

What’s an ACCU-CURVE™ Thermistor? ACCU-CURVE™ thermistors are used for high-accuracy temperature sensing, control, and compensation in medical, industrial, and automotive applications. They also deliver long-term stability and reliability, while offering interchangeability over a broad temperature range. This eliminates the need to individually calibrate or provide circuit compensation for part variability. Accurate temperature measurement to ±0.2°C is available over the 0°C to 70°C temperature range. Standard ohmic values at 25°C range from 2,252 to 100,000 ohms. ACCU-CURVE™ Thermistor vs. … Continue Reading

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Temperature Sensor for Control and Compensation Circuits

To use a temperature sensor in a control or compensation circuit, the detection circuit must provide an output in a usable format.  For analog circuits, the output is usually a resistance.  For digital control and compensation, the measurement needs to be converted to a digital format for processing by an MCU.  This is commonly achieved by reading the measurement as a voltage using an analog to digital converter (ADC). Semiconductor-based sensors … Continue Reading

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How to Select the Optimal Temperature Sensor

When designing a temperature detection circuit, it is important to not pay for more than is actually needed.  By understanding the requirements of an application, an optimal temperature sensor can be selected that minimizes cost without compromising performance, accuracy, or reliability. There are several factors to consider when selecting a sensor. They are outlined in the table below. Temperature Sensor Selections   NTC Thermistor Platinum RTD Thermocouple Semiconductor Based Temperature … Continue Reading

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4 Most Common Types of Temperature Sensor

A temperature sensor plays an important role in many applications.  For example, maintaining a specific temperature is essential for equipment used to fabricate medical drugs, heat liquids, or clean other equipment.  For applications like these, the responsiveness and accuracy of the detection circuit can be critical for quality control. More frequently, however, temperature detection is part of preventative reliability.  For example, while an appliance may not actually perform any high … Continue Reading

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ACCU-CURVE™ Series of Interchangeable Thermistors

We are excited to announce that we are now offering ACCU-CURVE™ series thermistors. These are a new series of interchangeable thermistors used for temperature sensing, control, and compensation. They are best suited for applications that require a high degree of measurement accuracy over a wide temperature range. Common applications include medical, industrial, and automotive. Read the full press release here. Why choose the ACCU-CURVE™ series? The ACCU-CURVE™ series offers faster … Continue Reading

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NTC Disc Thermistors Available at Rhopoint

We have exciting news! U.K.- based Rhopoint Components now carries our series of NTC disc thermistors acquired from Measurement Specialties (formerly RTI electronics). These components deliver high stability and maximum sensitivity for temperature measurement, compensation, and control. You can read the full press release here. NTC Disc Thermistor Applications NTC disc thermistors offer extreme precision and temperature measurement for various applications. They are used in a wide range of industries including aerospace, military, appliance, medical, and automotive. … Continue Reading

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Custom Thermistor Probe

Recently, we put out a press release Customization Capabilities for NTC Thermistor Probe Assemblies announcing our ability to create customized NTC thermistor probe assemblies to fit the specific needs of any application. In today’s blog post, we are going to give you a behind the scenes look at one of our custom designs. Let’s get started! More than two years ago the team at Ametherm began working on a custom probe to … Continue Reading

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