201919th International Congress of Metrology
|Number of page(s)
|Standards in Thermal Measurements / Références en Thermique
|23 September 2019
Improving fixed-point cell realization by modifying furnace heater shape
National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK
2 Thermo Gauge Instruments Inc, Fort Ashby, WV 26719, USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent changes to the SI make it possible to set up a primary temperature scale using established values for certain high-temperature fixed points. As the furnace used with the fixed points can itself have a significant impact on measurements, improving furnace temperature uniformity can help to reduce uncertainties. A thermal model was used to redesign heaters to reduce temperature gradients where the fixed-point cell is positioned in the furnace. A heater optimised for 1325 °C was compared to the standard one with a cobalt carbon high-temperature fixed-point cells, where the cell was installed in the middle, and also moved 10 mm to each end. The modified heater showed reduced melting range, improved plateau run-off and less sensitivity to fixed-point cell position. The improvements will reduce the uncertainties associated with this type of furnace.
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