Minature, self-contained digital thermal anemometer

"World's smallest" fully-integrated and temperature-compensated fluid velocity measurement system


This ultra-compact thermal anemometry system is fully self-contained, and is ideal for use in high-EMI environments. Our proprietary CMOS sensing elements allow the system to be calibrated down to speeds of less than 10 mm/s in air. The electronics package is small enough to fit inside a 13 mm diameter sting, and purpose-designed robust miniature probes can be directly integrated for a complete velocity sensing package.

At a small fraction of the cost of a conventional CTA system, this miniature unit provides all the necessary functionality to carry out flow measurements with minimal complexity. The system has a proprietary analogue temperature correction system, offering a signal virtually insensitive to temperature over a wide range of ambient conditions. Systems are available with robust, surface-mountable flex-probes, either as analogue-reading units or fully-integrated USB-driven systems.


Applications


Miniature thermal anemometry system

Wind-tunnel laboratory

Wind tunnel measurements

This system provides an ideal alternative to high-cost, high-bandwidth CTA systems for use in environments normally considered too risky for thermal anemometry. With surface-mounted polyamide sensor leads, these units are extremely robust and can be used in particle-laden flows. With our optional coatings, the sensors may also be used in conductive or corrosive environments.

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Education

The high cost of most commercial CTA systems, and the high fragility of conventional hot-wire and hot-film probes makes these difficult to use in educational environments. This micro-CTA system is an inexpensive, robust alternative- and the direct-to-USB signal output means that no additional data acquisition hardware is required.

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Motorsport

The thermal anemometry probe offers a compact, low-cost alternative to conventional pressure-based velocity measurement, with improved bandwidth and no holes to become fouled or filled with water. This self-contained unit is small enough to tuck into otherwise inaccessible areas, and is suitable for trackside monitoring.


Features


Robust sensing element

Robust, abrasion-resistant permanent sensing element with ultra-low calibration drift

Integrated temperature probe

Integrated, automatic temperature compensation for near-flat response over a wide range of ambient temperature conditions

Array mounting

Surface array mountings available for high-resolution, nonintrusive measurement of wall velocities

Ultralow velocity range

The CMOS sensing element operates at marginal overheat, allowing reliable measurement of speeds in air lower than 10 mm/s

Waterproof

Sealed sensors available, allowing operation in conductive media, seawater and other corrosive or harsh environments

Range of prong geometries

A range of prong diameters and lengths are available

Good bandwidth

Bandwidths of over 100 Hz are possible, depending on sensor

16 bit, 1000 Hz data acquisition

16 bit, 1000 Hz data acquisition, streaming via USB

Compact, in-line package

System fits inside a 13 mm diameter sting


Product Details


Capabilities and performance

The system features a fixed-overheat bridge, eliminating the need for user bridge adjustments and reducing the required frequency of calibration. An on-board 16-bit analogue-to-digital converter and data acquisition system allows data to be streamed directly to a computer via USB. Analogue-output variants are available for networking together in arrays.

System specifications

  • Physical dimensions: sensor package approx. 10 mm x 48 mm in OEM USB configuration, excluding probe and prongs; analogue variant measures approx. 10 mm x 20 mm.
  • I/O: Data streaming to PC via USB2.0
  • Power: via USB
  • Digital resolution: 16-bit
  • System requirements: Win7 or later, minimum 3GHz & 4Gb RAM recommended

Additional custom modifications available

  • Available as OEM unit or integrated into probe sting
  • Eight-channel driver available for array operation
  • Supplied with purpose-designed robust probe element; available also for conventional, user-installed tungsten wire.
  • Battery power and wireless telemetry module for remote operation
  • Custom enclosure design service available
  • Custom software and driver development service available
  • Extended product support and warranty available