Technical data and functions
Digital meteorological transducer for operating with ALMEMO®
This digital meteorological transducer, with its integrated signal processor or A/D converter, can acquire all important weather variables in one device (over 20 different measurable variables).
Up to 10 measuring channels can be evaluated simultaneously via the ALMEMO® D7 plug.
On leaving our factory the following variables are programmed : wind velocity (m/s), wind direction (°), precipitation quantity (mm), precipitation intensity (mm/h), air temperature (°C), relative atmospheric humidity (% RH), barometric atmospheric pressure (hPa).
The meteorological transducer operates with current ALMEMO® V7 devices, including precision measuring instrument ALMEMO® 710 and professional measuring instrument ALMEMO® 202.
For professional applications
The meteorological transducer complies in essence with all specifications laid down by the WMO (world meteorological organization) and is used in a wide variety of areas, e.g. weather services, water management, transport technology (roads, rail), agriculture, renewable energy technology, and the monitoring of air quality and atmospheric emissions.
The transducer can be fitted quickly and easily, e.g. on a mast or pole, using the supplied bracket.
The connection cable can be plugged onto the transducer. In the small connection box the signal cables are clamped and the mains unit 24V for the heating system supply are plugged. In mobile use (without mains unit 24V) heating and fan (see below) are deactivated, and the rainfall radar (see below) can be operated in Energy Saver mode. 1
Wind is measured by means of four ultrasonic sensors (the four main compass points). From the runtime differences the wind velocity is calculated in m/s and the wind direction in °.
This measuring procedure is maintenance-free (no moving parts).
For operation in winter the ultrasonic sensors can if so required be heated.
Precipitation is acquired using tried and tested radar technology. A Doppler radar measures the velocity of individual drops of rain / snow. Precipitation quantity (in mm) and precipitation intensity (in mm/h) can be calculated on the basis of the correlation of drop size and drop velocity. The type of precipitation (rain / snow) is determined on the basis of the different velocity of descent.
This measuring procedure is maintenance-free (no moving parts). For operation in winter the precipitation sensor can if so required be heated.
Air temperature and atmospheric humidity
Air temperature is measured (in °C) by means of a high-precision NTC resistance sensor; relative atmospheric humidity is measured (in % RH) by means of a capacitive humidity sensor. These sensors are enclosed in a forced-ventilated radiation-protected housing in order to minimize external influences (e.g. solar radiation, etc.). This ensures that in spite of high solar radiation accurate measuring results can still be achieved. The forced ventilation, similarly, improves responsiveness in the event of condensation.
Absolute atmospheric pressure is measured (in hPa) by means of an integrated sensor.
The sensors in the meteorological transducer measure the current measured values continuously and at their internal sampling rate. In the ALMEMO® D7 plug the minimum / maximum / average values and quantities are calculated (at the output cycle of the ALMEMO® V7 device); this is for the purpose of various measurable variables.