Anemometers - hot-wire anemometers. We service all brands including Extech, Testo,
Sper Scientific, TSI Alnor, and Fluke.
Balometers - all makes and models including TSI Alnor, Airflow Developments, ATP, Comark, Poddy Meter, Testo, Air Neotronics, Neotronics, DPM, and others.
Understanding Hot Wire Anemometers
Hot-wire anemometers use a very fine wire (on the order of several micrometers) electrically heated
up to some temperature above the ambient. Air flowing past the wire has a cooling effect on the wire. As the
electrical resistance of most metals is dependent upon the temperature of the metal (tungsten is a popular choice
for hot-wires), a relationship can be obtained between the resistance of the wire and the flow velocity.
Several ways of implementing this exist, and hot-wire devices can be further classified as CCA (Constant-Current Anemometer),
CVA (Constant-Voltage Anemometer) and CTA (Constant-Temperature Anemometer). The voltage output from these anemometers is thus
the result of some sort of circuit within the device trying to maintain the specific variable (current, voltage or temperature)
Additionally, PWM (pulse-width modulation) anemometers are also used, wherein the velocity is inferred by the time length of
a repeating pulse of current that brings the wire up to a specified resistance and then stops until a threshold "floor" is
reached, at which time the pulse is sent again.
Hot-wire anemometers, while extremely delicate, have extremely high frequency-response and fine spatial resolution compared
to other measurement methods, and as such are almost universally employed for the detailed study of turbulent flows, or any
flow in which rapid velocity fluctuations are of interest.