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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 377;

Nanogap Pirani Sensor Operating in Constant Temperature Mode for Near Atmospheric Pressure Measurements

University Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ISEN, University Valenciennes, UMR 8520—IEMN, LIA LICS/LEMAC, Lille, France
ONERA, Chemin de la Hunière, 91123 Palaiseau, France
Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, Université de Lorraine-CNRS, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France
Fluiditech, Thurmelec, 68840 Pulversheim, France
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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This paper presents a high sensitive micro-sensor designed for pressure measurements in a wide range around atmospheric pressure, for application in aerodynamics. The sensor is a temperature-resistance transducer operating with the Pirani effect, which states that below a certain pressure limit, the thermal conductivity of a gas is pressure-dependent. The sensor presents a wide measurement range between 10 kPa and about 800 kPa, in both constant current and constant temperature mode. The last mode enables high-sensitive measurements with a maximum of sensitivity around atmospheric pressure, enabling the use of the sensor for applications in aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, such as active flow control.
Keywords: MEMS sensors; pressure sensors; pirani sensors; flow control MEMS sensors; pressure sensors; pirani sensors; flow control
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Ghouila-Houri, C.; Sindjui, R.; Moutaouekkil, M.; Elmazria, O.; Gallas, Q.; Garnier, E.; Merlen, A.; Viard, R.; Talbi, A.; Pernod, P. Nanogap Pirani Sensor Operating in Constant Temperature Mode for Near Atmospheric Pressure Measurements. Proceedings 2017, 1, 377.

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