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Trevor Ford Presents New Low Drift Findings at NPL

Posted by Joseph Ugalde

Dec 19, 2017 4:09:17 PM



Trevor Ford, Technical Director of CCPI Europe Ltd and Dr. Michele Scervini, Research Scientist in the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, presented their findings on the New Low Drift Base Metal mineral insulated thermocouples cable at the 2nd Thermocouple users and manufacturers workshop held at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, UK on December 6th, 2017. 


The presentation included an update on the low drift mineral insulated thermocouple concept the two have pioneered in partnership with TE Wire & Cable, detailing the over 80% reduction in drift performance when compared with the currently used MI cables in the temperature range above 1000 Degrees Celsius.


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The low drift thermocouples underwent vigorous testing at the CCPI Europe thermal calibration laboratory at temperatures between 1100 - 1300 Degrees Celsius. The results showed a staggering reduction in drift.


The presentation also highlighted how this new low drift cable had effectively raised the reliable operating temperature limit for both type N and K thermocouples made to the low drift design by over 150 Degrees Celsius.


This is in part thanks to ISOMIL out of Hanau, Germany, which is credited with helping Trevor and Dr. Scervini in refining the design parameters on the dual wall design as well as with establishing the manufacturing process for future production. 


TE Wire & Cable LLC announced in October of 2016 the completion of the licensing agreement with Cambridge Enterprise for the ground-breaking thermocouple cable technology developed by the researchers. 


For more information on the Low Drift Base Metal mineral insulated thermocouple cable research please contact Pat Durkin at TE Wire Cable if in the US at d.p.durkin@tewire.com or our sales department at sales@tewire.com.



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Topics: high-temperature wire, industrial, low-drift cable, type n, type K