RTD vs Thermocouple


When should control engineers use a Thermocouple or RTD?

RTD = resistance temperature detectors
below 600 °C
High accuracy
Low drift
Wide operating range
Suitability for precision application

The most common of RTD is PT 100, R = 100 ohm at 0°C, sensitivity 0.385 ohm/°C

A thermocouple is a junction between two different metals that produces a voltage related to a temperature difference
range ?180 to 2,320 °C


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