Besides the basic accuracy of the Pt100 sensor, the following additional errors may occur:
- Line error
- Insulation error
- Parasitic thermoelectric voltages
- Height of the temperature measuring resistor
A Pt1000 sensor is heated ten times more than a Pt100 resistor.
- Dissipation of the generated heat
The measuring fitting should be installed in such a way that the medium flows around it optimally. The higher the flow velocity of the medium, the higher the heat dissipation.
Particularly in small volumes or gases at now flow. measuring errors can be considerable.
- Measuring current
Today, a measuring current of 1 mA is common. This means a power loss of 0.0001 Watt.
If the self-heating coefficient (E) of the measuring armature is known, the optimum measuring current at the desired max. measuring error can be calculated using the following formula.
E=t/(R * I2)
The max. measuring current for the tollerated measuring deviation then results from the formula:
I = (t/E -R)2
E= Self-heating coefficient
t= (displayed temperature) - (temperature of the medium)
R= Resistance of the temperature sensor
I= Measuring current
- Heat capacity and heat conduction of the measuring armature
When installing the Pt100 measuring resistor, optimum temperature transition must be ensured (e.g.: thermal paste, suitable insulation material). The material of the installation fitting should have the highest possible thermal conductivity (e.g. metals).
Particularly with long connection lines and small line diameters, this can lead to considerable measuring errors. With modern evaluation devices, the resistance of the connecting cable can be compensated, but temperature fluctuations on the cable cannot be taken into account. The resistances of the Pt100 and the connecting cable add up, resulting in the display of a higher temperature.
This can be remedied by connecting the Pt100 in 3- or 4-wire technology.
The sensors are normally sufficiently protected against moisture. However, when manufacturing the measuring insert, care must be taken to use absolutely dry insulating materials and careful sealing.
Such metal connections occur, for example, when extending the sensor connection wires with copper wires. Normally, the connection points have the same temperature and thus cancel each other out in terms of value. However, if different temperatures are present at the connection points, e.g. due to different heat dissipation, different thermoelectric voltages occur which lead to a voltage drop which is interpreted by the evaluation device as a change in resistance.
This results in a measurement error.
How high the measuring error is strongly depends on the evaluation device and the selected connection type (2, 3 or 4-wire). Fault detection by reversing the measuring current. The higher the difference of the measured values, the higher the thermoelectric voltage present.