NIKHILESH TUMULURU RAMESH
Articles written in Sadhana
Volume 44 Issue 4 April 2019 Article ID 0091
Windless environments are prevalent in greenhouses, where precise temperature control is critical to the health of plants and errors in temperature measurement must be avoided. A mathematical model based on heat balance is used to estimate the error in temperature sensors under different conditions and sensorgeometries. The model is then applied to two geometries and solved numerically. The sensors used are a T-type thermocouple and a Sensirion SHT 75. Experiments are carried out in a greenhouse prototype to replicateconditions in a greenhouse and validate the error model. Active ventilation of the sensors is provided by a fan and passive ventilation is provided using a model built on the concept of a ‘solar chimney’. It is shown that even small flow rates can decrease the error shown by unventilated sensors by as much as 10°C.