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This specification establishes the requirements for materials and manufacturing, dimensions, inspection and testing, and processing of compacted, mineral-insulated, metal-sheathed Type S (platinum-10 % rhodium versus platinum), Type R (platinum-13 % rhodium versus platinum), and Type B (platinum-30 % rhodium versus platinum-6 % rhodium) noble metal thermocouples, and thermocouple cables with at least one noble metal thermoelement pair. This specification describes both the required processing and testing requirements, and also the optional supplementary testing and quality assurance requirements. Additionally, provisions are made herein for selecting the type of noble metal thermocouple or thermoelements, either magnesia (MgO) or alumina (Al2O3) insulation, and a noble metal alloy or other alternate heat-resistant sheath material. Provisions are also made for selecting a thermocouple measuring junction style and for a transition or termination.
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1.1 This specification establishes dimensional and material requirements for compacted, mineral-insulated, metal-sheathed, Type S (platinum-10 % rhodium versus platinum), Type R (platinum-13 % rhodium versus platinum), and Type B (platinum-30 % rhodium versus platinum-6 % rhodium) noble metal thermocouples. This specification also establishes dimensional and material requirements for compacted, mineral-insulated, metal-sheathed cable with at least one noble metal thermoelement pair.
1.2 This specification describes both the required processing and testing requirements and also the optional supplementary testing and quality assurance requirements.
1.3 Provisions are made for selecting the type of noble metal thermocouple or thermoelements, either magnesia (MgO) or alumina (Al
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units or SI (metric) units may be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not the exact equivalents, and each system shall be used independently of the other.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A213/A213M Specification for Seamless Ferritic and Austenitic Alloy-Steel Boiler, Superheater, and Heat-Exchanger Tubes
A249/A249M Specification for Welded Austenitic Steel Boiler, Superheater, Heat-Exchanger, and Condenser Tubes
A269 Specification for Seamless and Welded Austenitic Stainless Steel Tubing for General Service
A632 Specification for Seamless and Welded Austenitic Stainless Steel Tubing (Small-Diameter) for General Service
B163 Specification for Seamless Nickel and Nickel Alloy Condenser and Heat-Exchanger Tubes
B167 Specification for Nickel-Chromium-Iron Alloys (UNS N06600, N06601, N06603, N06690, N06693, N06025, N06045, and N06696), Nickel-Chromium-Cobalt-Molybdenum Alloy (UNS N06617), and Nickel-Iron-Chromium-Tungsten Alloy (UNS N06674) Seamless Pipe and Tube
B516 Specification for Welded Nickel-Chromium-Iron Alloy (UNS N06600, UNS N06601, UNS N06603, UNS N06025, UNS N06045, UNS N06690, and UNS N06693) Tubes
E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry
E220 Test Method for Calibration of Thermocouples By Comparison Techniques
E230 Specification and Temperature-Electromotive Force (EMF) Tables for Standardized Thermocouples
E344 Terminology Relating to Thermometry and Hydrometry
E608/E608M Specification for Mineral-Insulated, Metal-Sheathed Base Metal Thermocouples
E1652 Specification for Magnesium Oxide and Aluminum Oxide Powder and Crushable Insulators Used in the Manufacture of Base Metal Thermocouples, Metal-Sheathed Platinum Resistance Thermometers, and Noble Metal Thermocouples
E1751/E1751M Guide for Temperature Electromotive Force (emf) Tables for Non-Letter Designated Thermocouple Combinations
ICS Number Code 29.060.20 (Cables); 29.120.30 (Plugs, socket-outlets, couplers)
UNSPSC Code 41112206(Thermocouples)
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ASTM E2181 / E2181M-11, Standard Specification for Compacted Mineral-Insulated, Metal-Sheathed, Noble Metal Thermocouples and Thermocouple Cable, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top