A generalized thermometer well is analyzed as to temperature-measuring uncertainties. A reliable finite difference approximation to the differential heat balance equation is developed. For those cases where the fluid may be considered transparent to radiation (i.e., for εg ≈ 0), a simplified linearized approximation is given. Whenever conduction effects can be neglected (i.e., for (hc D/k)(L2/(D2 − d2)) > 20), a rapid hand-calculation method is indicated. Several examples of graphical approximations are given.

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