Linearized transportable anemometer with thermostated Darlington pair

This self-heated constant-temperature-delta transistor anemometer is affordable, rugged, and delicate.  It depends on the connection between airspeed (AF) and thermal impedance (ZT = oC/W) of a heated air move sensor as proven within the system beneath for a 2N4401 transistor in TO-92:

ZT = ZJ + 1/(SC + KT √AF )
the place:
ZJ = junction-to-case thermal impedance = 44°C/W
SC = still-air case-to-ambient conductivity = 6.4 mW/°C
KT = “King’s Regulation” thermal diffusion fixed = 0.75 mW/°C√fpm
AF = air move in ft/min

If the transistor junction is held at a continuing temperature differential above ambient (e.g., Dt = 31oC), the facility required to take action will probably be a operate of air velocity P = 31/ZT as proven in Determine 1.  Observe the annoying non-linearity.

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 Determine 1 Energy dissipated versus air move of TO92 held at a continuing 31oC above ambient      (Pw = 31/ZT).

Determine 2 reveals a sensible transportable thermostat circuit to realize and keep this delta-T using a Darlington transistor pair (Q1 and Q2) to compensate for ambient temperature and convert the ensuing nonlinear Pw curve right into a linearized anemometer air move readout.

Determine 2 Linearized transportable Darlington anemometer schematic.

Right here’s the way it works.

Q1 serves because the self-heated sensor modeled within the Determine 1 math, with Q2 offering ambient temperature compensation. Op-amp A2 runs a suggestions loop that forces the Vbe differential between Q1 and Q2 (and thus the temperature differential between Q1 and ambient) to carry a continuing 31oC. It does this (with the assistance of Darlington present achieve) by forcing Q1’s present draw (I) by means of R3 to drive Q1’s energy dissipation (Pw) to comply with the Determine 1 curve of heat-vs-air move. The ensuing voltage developed (IR3) is the idea of the air velocity measurement.

Okay to date. However how does compensation for Determine 1’s nonlinearity occur?

Effectively, it seems the operate of Q1’s Pw vs collector present, I, isn’t linear both. In reality:

Pw = 5vI – I2R3

That quadratic I2 time period could be very helpful. It’s liable for the beautiful curve proven in Determine 3.

Determine 3 Q1 energy versus collector present.

The twond-order curvature of Determine 3 is what compensates for the bend in Determine 1. Though the match isn’t good, when inverted, offset, and scaled by op-amp A1, the realized output is a calibrated readout (1V = 100fpm) of air velocity that differs from splendid by lower than +/- 5% from 0 to 250fpm, as proven in Determine 4.

Determine 4 Darlington anemometer output versus precise airspeed.

The ensuing sensitivity to comparatively sluggish air move is right for the measurement of cooling-fan forced-air distribution, air infiltration monitoring in HVAC installations, and plenty of related purposes the place the achieved measurement accuracy and vary are satisfactory.

Dynamic response to modifications in airflow is nice with a Q1 pressured thermal time fixed of about three seconds. Additionally, solid-state sensor sturdiness is healthier than that of delicate hot-wire sensors.

A element of Determine 2 worthy of point out is Q3, which I embrace to preclude the potential for the A2 suggestions loop getting “caught” when a transient or different misadventure may trigger R3 voltage drop to exceed 2.5 V. This can be a doubtlessly unhealthy factor as a result of the Pw vs I curve would go “over-the-top” and invert the I vs Pw suggestions time period from destructive to optimistic, inflicting A2’s output to latch with the Darlington saturated and keep thus caught for so long as energy is supplied. 

If saturation approaches, Q3 conducts and forces A2 to restrict Darlington drive to a secure degree till the transient passes and regular temperature regulation can recuperate.

One other helpful element is “upside-down” regulator U1 which offers not solely mandatory stability for the 5 V energy rail, but additionally “splits” enter energy and offers an unregulated, however nonetheless helpful, destructive rail for the op-amps. This straightforward however useful trick is described in an earlier Design Thought.

Stephen Woodward’s relationship with EDN’s DI column goes again fairly a methods. In all, a complete of 64 submissions have been accepted since his first contribution was revealed in 1974.

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