Flexible thin-film thermocouples (TFTCs), usually consist of a thin film substrate comprises a flexible material, such as polyimide.
This material main function is to provide a flexible, thin, and lightweight support structure that allows the thermocouples to adapt to different curved surfaces. C2MI has been working for several years with flexible materials for the assembly of thermistors which have similar functions to flexible thermocouples.
These flexible thin-film thermocouples are widely used in many fields. In the biomedical field, they can be used to measure body surface and skin temperatures. They can also be used to measure the internal temperatures of organs, such as the brain and liver, to help diagnose disease.
In the field of industrial automation, flexible thin-film thermocouples can be used to control and monitor the temperature of various equipment, such as industrial furnaces, boilers and cooling systems, to improve production efficiency and reduce energy consumption. In the energy sector, they can be used to measure the surface temperature of solar panels to improve efficiency. Flexible thermocouples are also commonly used in situations where extreme temperatures are encountered, such as in aerospace applications featuring rocket and aircraft control.
In the field of environmental monitoring, flexible thermocouples can be used to measure the temperature of soil, seawater, the atmosphere and so on. These data can be used for environmental protection, weather forecasting, marine research and other areas.
They have proven their worth in a wide range of applications and are expected to be widely used in other applications in the future.
Existing thin-film flexible thermocouples still have certain limitations in terms of temperature sensitivity, test range, stability and scalability. Further research is essential to develop flexible thermocouples capable of operating over wide temperature ranges, while ensuring a high level of flexibility.
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