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C500 Oxygen Sensors


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The C500 sensor's flat mechanical geometry allows for a smaller contact zone and compact construction, for both heated and unheated probes. The smaller contact sensing zone allows for a lower zero error, in systems with compact or smaller heated zones.


Parameter Minimum Typical Maximum Unit
Operating temperature † 500 500-800 1600 °C
Ramp Rate - - 600 °C/hour
Storage 5 - 50 °C
Parameter Minimum Typical Maximum Unit
Output voltage range - - 1200†† mV @ T ≥ 500°C
Output impedance ~20 50 100 kΩ @ T ≥ 500°C
Response time (10-90%)⋆ - 2 10 s @ T ≥ 500°C
Offset Error @ 500° ⋆ ⋆ - ±2 ±5 mV @ pO2=pO'2
Measurement Range
Parameter Minimum Typical Maximum Unit
O2 Atmosphere 10-24 - 1 pO2 @ 500°C
O2 Atmosphere 10-12 - 1 pO2 @ 1300°C
Reference Air 10 40 100 mL/min
Sensor Mechanical
Parameter Minimum Typical Maximum Unit
Outer Diameter 7.85 8.00 8.15 mm
Inner Diameter 4.90 5.05 5.20 mm
Cut Length 300 - 1400 mm ± 3mm
Weight - 11.1 - g/100 mm

† Continuous use of sensor above 1300°C reduces the lifetime of the sensor.

†† Under heavily reducing conditions, an output voltage of greater than 1200 mV may be observed. Readings about 1400 mV or greater than 1600 degrees may result in erroneous readings. Absolute maximum output voltage without damage to the sensor for the given atmosphere of 10-24 oxygen concentration. The sensor will provide an output response above 1130 mV, however lifetime cannot be guaranteed under these operating conditions.

⋆ Response times given here are applicable to most reducing atmospheres. Response times will vary depending on test gas type and may be slower for inert atmospheres.

⋆ ⋆ Offset error should be subtracted from the voltage reading during measurements for high accuracy applications. Also, note that this offset value if temperature dependent and that short hot zones/large thermal gradients across the sensor will contribute to higher offset errors.

The sensor within a probe can be installed anywhere in the kiln or furnace if used at temperatures below 1100°C. For operating temperatures above 1100°C, the probe should hang vertically, to avoid sag and loss of internal electrical contact.