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Measuring Temperature Of Electrical Wire

  1. Oct 23, 2007 #1

    I'm currently doing a College Physics Project for expotential decay / growth. I have an idea of the experiement I want to perform but I need to find a way of measuring the temperature of wire as I put a voltage through it. Is there a formula which may be useful or any techniques people have come across?

    Thanks for the Help,


    P.S Please move if it is in the incorrect category.
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  3. Oct 23, 2007 #2


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    Hmmm...How about an infrared thermometer?
  4. Oct 23, 2007 #3


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    Or a thermocouple and a drop of superglue ( cheaper but slower to react).
  5. Oct 24, 2007 #4


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    Don't forget that you need to have your measuring devices calibrated. If you are purchasing a hand-held meter, you should ask for a certificate of calibration with data. There might be some "nonlinearity" that can be used for correcting the reading. Thermocouples meters really should be calibrated with their thermocouple attached.

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