RTD Sensing Elements, Pt100, Thermistors
Sensing RTD elements, Pt100, Pt1000 and more, thermistors and assemblies for industrial and laboratory use and more
Standard Accuracy Ceramic Wire Wound Platinum RTD Elements
High Accuracy Ceramic Wire Wound Platinum Pt100 Elements
Thin Film Platinum RTD Element (Pack of 5)
Individually Available Thin Film Platinum RTD Elements
Origin Story of the RTD / Pt100
The same year (1821) that Thomas Seebeck made his discovery about thermoelectricity (Seebeck effect, see thermocouples), Sir Humphrey Davy announced that the resistivity of metals showed a marked temperature dependence. Fifty years later, Sir William Siemens proffered the use of platinum as the element in a resistance thermometer. His choice proved most propitious, as platinum is used to this day as the primary element in all high-accuracy resistance thermometers, Pt100, Pt1000 etc.
In fact, the Platinum Resistance Temperature Detector, or RTD Pt100, is used today as an interpolation standard from the oxygen point (-182.96°C) to the antimony point (630.74°C)...
RTD Pt100 vs Thermocouple
It is not practical to compare RTDs (Pt100 and others) and thermocouples generally. However, if we compare their performance in terms of specific criteria, we can see which is best suited for specific applications. Thermocouples are best for working at high temperatures. New manufacturing techniques have improved the measurement range of RTD probes, but more than 90% of RTDs are designed for temperatures below 400°C.
In contrast, some thermocouples can be used at up to 2500°C. Thermocouples are generally cheaper than RTDs...