aCTA Hotwire Bridge
The acoustic CTA is a full-fledged hotwire bridge to perform dynamic flow velocity measurements in air. The calibrated velocity range goes up to 50m/s. Higher velocities are possible. Due to the measurement principle, the aCTA is particularly suitable for low flow velocities.The device can be used for other gases as well, in which case a special calibration is needed.
The aCTA is “plug and play” ready to use with hotwire probes of the type HWP10/xx. No presets or adjustments have to be made.
As output signal the device provides a voltage of ±10V. Based on the calibration data and the fluid temperature it can be converted into the flow velocity. An integrated 5kHz lowpass filter prevents alias-effects when using digital data aquisitions. Alternatively there is an unfiltered output for measurements up to 20kHz.
Additionally the flow fluctuations can be made audible through the provided headphones. This provides an intuitive and easy to use method to gain information about the quality of the flow. Aerodynamic phenomena like turbulence, flow separation, shear layers, or periodic detached flow can be heard. This provides a powerful tool to detect areas that are likely to cause acoustic noise.
The headphones can be plugged directly into the 3,5mm phone jack.
The power supply has a wide input range from 9 to 18V DC. This makes it easy to use in automotive applications as well.
|Velocity range||0.1 – 50 m/s, higher velocities possible|
|Frequency resolution||0…5 kHz with 3 dB lowpass, unfiltered up to about 10 kHz|
|Ambient conditions for hot-wire probes|
|Fluid||Air, other non-corrosive gases are possible but must be calibrated separately,
no particles, no air pollution
|Temperature||10…50°C within factory calibration, -10…70°C possible|
|Velocity 0…20 m/s||0.1 m/s + 0.5% v.M.|
|Velocity 20…50 m/s||1% FS (typ.)|
|Supply||9…18 V DC, min. 0.5 A, 10 W|
|Headphone||min. 32 Ohm|
|Supply / signal / enable||Binder 711/712, 4 pin|
|Hot-wire probe||Binder 711, 2 pin|
|Headphones||3.5 mm audio jack|
|Ambient conditions for electronics|
|aCTA hot-wire bridge||150 mm x 56 mm x 24 mm|
|aCTA||1x hot-wire bridge
1x power supply
|aCTA-set||1x hot-wire bridge
1x power supply
2x hot-wire probes HWP10/xx at buyer’s option
1x carrying case