AN IMPROVED ELECTRONIC DEW-POINT HYGROMETER

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Abstract

After a theoretical discussion of the basic physical principles involved in the dew-point method of hygrometry, which serves to establish the inherent advantages of the technique, the paper describes the operating principles and the design of an improved, automatic, electronic dew-point hygrometer for laboratory or field use. The instrument makes use of photoelectric detection of condensation on a cooled, polished metal mirror combined with a radio-frequency induction heating system and an all-electronic proportional heat-control servo system. The instrument makes possible the continuous and automatic measurement of atmospheric water-vapor under all conditions of temperature with nearly constant accuracy and small lag.

Abstract

After a theoretical discussion of the basic physical principles involved in the dew-point method of hygrometry, which serves to establish the inherent advantages of the technique, the paper describes the operating principles and the design of an improved, automatic, electronic dew-point hygrometer for laboratory or field use. The instrument makes use of photoelectric detection of condensation on a cooled, polished metal mirror combined with a radio-frequency induction heating system and an all-electronic proportional heat-control servo system. The instrument makes possible the continuous and automatic measurement of atmospheric water-vapor under all conditions of temperature with nearly constant accuracy and small lag.

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