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Help ID this sensor from CPAP machine

  1. Sep 21, 2014 #1
    I was taking apart a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) humidifier earlier and found 2 of these sensors spaced around 5 cm apart from each other. They were in an air conduit leading from a filter material on the outside of the device to the pump intake. The points of the sensors were more or less in the center of the conduit. Any ideas?

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  3. Sep 21, 2014 #2

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  4. Sep 22, 2014 #3
    Thanks for that perfect reference, and it makes sense. I was guessing it was related to air quality. I will put it on an instrumentation amp later.

    Edit: actually just an ohmmeter would reveal its character
     
  5. Sep 23, 2014 #4
    Yep, classic mass flow meter.
    Sometimes one is used to find baseline temperature while the other is driven hard to heat, such as in an anemometer. Other times, both are heated, but their orientation in the air stream gives preferred heat transfer to one or the other depending upon flow direction.
     
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