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Which kind of humidity senor is better for your test chamber?

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Classic argument: air humidity (referred to as humidity) is that the air moisture content and moisture levels of physical quantities. Humidity in daily life is often referred to as relative humidity, expressed in % RH (Relative Humidity), that is, the gas vapor pressure and its gas saturated vapor pressure percentage, its value shows how high the water vapor saturation. Relative humidity depends on temperature and the pressure of the system of interest. more water vapour is required to attain high relative humidity in warm or hot air.Temperature and humidity chamber in most cases referred to the relative humidity also refers to humidity.

In the environmental test chambers field. There are two ways of humidity data collection: the one is wet-bulb pluses, another is electronic humidity sensor.Now we introduce the advantages and disadvantages of the two methods for your reference.

1) Wet-bulb Pluses:

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Reliable, simple technology

Easy to operate and  maintenance

No calibration required

Easy to determine if malfunctioning (starts reading 100%)

Wicks are cheap to replace


There are two typical failure modes: wick needs changing or water supply is gone.

2) Electronic humidity sensor

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No wick to change

Can read humidity below freezing and above boiling (although normal chambers can't control at these conditions)


Malfunction (loss of calibration) cannot be detected easily

Some times can be damaged by extreme temperatures

Can be damaged (temporary or permanent) by condensation (when operated near 100% RH)

Needs regular calibration (every 6 months)

Requires specialized equipment for proper calibration and adjustment

Accuracy varies depending on temperature

Expensive to replace

Since there are so many shortcomings of electronic humidity sensor, so it is not difficult to understand why the current mainstream temperature and humidity test chamber are like use wet-bulb pluses method of measuring humidity, rather than the use of electronic humidity sensor.It seems that sometimes new technology does not completely replace the old methods.

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