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Pressure transducer

An instrument component which detects a fluid pressure and produces an electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic signal related to the pressure.

In general, the complete instrument system comprises a pressure-sensing element such as a bourdon tube, bellows, or diaphragm element; a device which converts motion or force produced by the sensing element to a change of an electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic parameter; and an indicating or recording instrument. Frequently the instrument is used in an autocontrol loop to maintain a desired pressure.

Although pneumatic and mechanical transducers are commonly used, electrical measurement of pressure is often preferred because of a need for long-distance transmission, higher accuracy requirements, more favorable economics, or quicker response. Electrical pressure transducers may be classified by the operating principle as resistive transducers, strain gages, magnetic transducers, crystal transducers, capacitive transducers, and resonant transducers.

In resistive pressure transducers, pressure is measured by an element that changes its electrical resistance as a function of pressure. Many types of resistive pressure transducers use a movable contact, positioned by the pressure-sensing element. One form is a contact sliding along a continuous resistor, which may be straight-wire, wire-wound, or nonmetallic such as carbon.

Strain-gage pressure transducers might be considered to be resistive transducers, but are usually classified separately, They convert a physical displacement into an electrical signal. When a wire is placed in tension, its electrical resistance increases. The change in resistance is a measure of the displacement, hence of the pressure. Another variety of strain gage transducer uses integrated circuit technology. Resistors are diffused onto the surface of a silicon crystal within the boundaries of an area which is etched to form a thin diaphragm.

In magnetic pressure transducers, a change of pressure is converted into change of magnetic reluctance or inductance when one part of a magnetic circuit is moved by a pressure-sensing element—bourdon tube, bellows, or diaphragm.

Piezoelectric crystals produce an electric potential when placed under stress by a pressure-sensing element. Crystal transducers offer a high speed of response and are widely used for dynamic pressure measurements in such applications as ballistics and engine pressures. See Piezoelectricity

Capacitive pressure transducers almost invariably sense pressure by means of a metallic diaphragm, which is also used as one plate of a capacitor.

The resonant transducer consists of a wire or tube fixed at one end and attached at the other (under tension) to a pressure-sensing element. The wire is placed in a magnetic field and allowed to oscillate. As the pressure is increased, the element increases the tension in the wire or tube, thus raising its resonant frequency. See Pressure measurement

pressure transducer

[′presh·ər tranz‚dü·sər]
(engineering)
An instrument component that detects a fluid pressure and produces an electrical signal related to the pressure. Also known as electrical pressure transducer.

Pressure transducer

An instrument component which detects a fluid pressure and produces an electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic signal related to the pressure. See Transducer

In general, the complete instrument system comprises a pressure-sensing element such as a bourdon tube, bellows, or diaphragm element; a device which converts motion or force produced by the sensing element to a change of an electrical, mechanical, or pneumatic parameter; and an indicating or recording instrument. Frequently the instrument is used in an autocontrol loop to maintain a desired pressure. See Process control

Although pneumatic and mechanical transducers are commonly used, electrical measurement of pressure is often preferred because of a need for long-distance transmission, higher accuracy requirements, more favorable economics, or quicker response. Electrical pressure transducers may be classified by the operating principle as resistive transducers, strain gages, magnetic transducers, crystal transducers, capacitive transducers, and resonant transducers.

In resistive pressure transducers, pressure is measured by an element that changes its electrical resistance as a function of pressure. Many types of resistive pressure transducers use a movable contact, positioned by the pressure-sensing element. One form is a contact sliding along a continuous resistor, which may be straight-wire, wire- wound, or nonmetallic such as carbon.

Strain-gage pressure transducers might be considered to be resistive transducers, but are usually classified separately, They convert a physical displacement into an electrical signal. When a wire is placed in tension, its electrical resistance increases. The change in resistance is a measure of the displacement, hence of the pressure. Another variety of strain gage transducer uses integrated circuit technology. Resistors are diffused onto the surface of a silicon crystal within the boundaries of an area which is etched to form a thin diaphragm. See Integrated circuits, Strain gage

In magnetic pressure transducers, a change of pressure is converted into change of magnetic reluctance or inductance when one part of a magnetic circuit is moved by a pressure-sensing element—bourdon tube, bellows, or diaphragm.

Piezoelectric crystals produce an electric potential when placed under stress by a pressure-sensing element. Crystal transducers offer a high speed of response and are widely used for dynamic pressure measurements in such applications as ballistics and engine pressures.

Capacitive pressure transducers almost invariably sense pressure by means of a metallic diaphragm, which is also used as one plate of a capacitor.

The resonant transducer consists of a wire or tube fixed at one end and attached at the other (under tension) to a pressure-sensing element. The wire is placed in a magnetic field and allowed to oscillate. As the pressure is increased, the element increases the tension in the wire or tube, thus raising its resonant frequency. See Pressure measurement

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