A solid electrolytic type hygrometer is described, which operates with high reliability while providing rapid and sensitive response. A gold foil electrode is wrapped about a hollow glass cylinder, a sheet of hydroscopic-electrolytic material is wrapped about the foil, and a wire is wound around the outside of the electrolytic sheet. Moisture passing between wire turns can be absorbed by the electrolytic material, and then dissociated by current passed by the electrodes through the electrolytic material. The cylinder has a slit extending along its length, to allow resilient expansion to press the sheet of electrolytic material firmly against the electrodes. The wire turns lie against one another to cause rapid dissociation of moisture throughout the electrolytic material. Additional guard wires lie at opposite ends of the electrolytic sheet, and currents pass through them to avoid moisture buildup at the ends of the main wire coil.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Report
- Pub Date:
- April 1985
- Electric Current;
- Instrumentation and Photography