Total uncertainty of low velocity thermal anemometers for measurement of indoor air movements

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2004

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For a specific thermal anemometer with omnidirectional velocity sensor the expanded total uncertainty in measured mean velocity Û(Vmean) and the expanded total uncertainty in measured turbulence intensity Û(Tu) due to different error sources are estimated. The values are based on a previously developed mathematical model of the anemometer in combination with a large database of representative room flows measured with a 3-D Laser Doppler anemometer (LDA). A direct comparison between measurements with a thermal anemometer and a 3-D LDA in flows of varying velocity and turbulence intensity shows good agreement not only between the two instruments but also between the thermal anemometer and its mathematical model. The differences in the measurements performed with the two instruments are all well within the measurement uncertainty of both anemometers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedings of Roomvent2004
EditorsManuel Carlos Gameiro da Silva
Place of PublicationCoimbra, Portugal
PublisherUniversity of Coimbra
Publication date2004
StatePublished - 2004
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