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Title: Blackbody comparator for thermocouple calibration

MIKES is developing a measurement set-up for calibrating thermocouples in the temperature range 960 °C - 1500 °C. The calibration method is based on direct comparison of thermocouples and radiation thermometers. We have designed a graphite blackbody comparator cell, which is operated in a horizontal single-zone tube furnace. The cell includes two blackbody cavities for radiation temperature measurements. The cavities have openings on opposite sides of the cell, allowing simultaneous measurement with two radiation thermometers. The design of the comparator allows three thermocouples to be calibrated simultaneously. The thermocouples to be calibrated are inserted in thermometer wells around one of the measurement cavities. We characterize the blackbody comparator in terms of repeatability, temperature distribution and emissivity. Finally, we validate the uncertainty analysis by comparing calibration results obtained for type B and S thermocouples to the calibration results reported by Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP), and MIKES. The agreement in the temperature range 1000 °C - 1500 °C is within 0.90 °C, the average deviation being 0.17 °C.
Authors:
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  1. Centre for Metrology and Accreditation (MIKES), P.O.Box 9, FI-02151 Espoo (Finland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22218026
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1552; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 9. international temperature symposium, Los Angeles, CA (United States), 19-23 Mar 2012; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; CALIBRATION; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; EMISSIVITY; FURNACES; GRAPHITE; TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT; THERMOCOUPLES; THERMOMETERS