Pressure Sensors: The Design Engineers' Guide

Pressure sensors for different media types

Unlike sensors such as temperature or motion, there are a number of different media types that pressure sensors can measure. Dependent on the application a pressure sensor may come into contact with a variety of chemicals, liquids or gases, or have to function in extremely harsh environments.

Manufacturers will consider operating conditions when designing and fabricating and many offer sensor packages designed for specific media. However, they will also provide warnings on the limitations and restrictions on their sensors, and recommendations on how to overcome these limitations.

This chapter explores the different types of media that pressure sensors can measure, the applications of each type, and the different sensor options for your design. Click the links below to jump to the section you're interested in.


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Chapter 1

How pressure sensors work

An introduction to pressure sensors covering the different types, how they work, their function, construction, and what to consider in your design choices.

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Chapter 5

Types of pressure measurement

What’s the difference between absolute, gauge and differential pressure sensors? And how do you know which one to use?

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Chapter 2

Pressure sensor applications

Discover the recent innovations in pressure sensor technology that are enabling smarter, safer, and more environmentally friendly electronics for businesses and consumers alike.

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Chapter 6

The core pressure sensor technologies

What’s the difference between the different pressure sensor technologies? And how do you know which one to use?

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Chapter 3

The different types of pressure sensors

Discover how pressure sensors vary according to the type of pressure measurement, sensing principles, output signal, media, MEMS technology, mounting and more.

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Chapter 8

Pressure sensing in harsh environments

An in-depth guide to pressure sensors for harsh environments - designing for extreme temperatures, high pressure, and corrosive and dynamic environments.

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Chapter 4

Pressure sensor output signals

Sensors, transducers, or transmitters? The right selection is important for your application. So what's the difference and how do you choose between them?

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Chapter 9

Understanding specifications

Explore the datasheet and the different factors affecting the accuracy of pressure sensor readings. Discover how to make the right choice for your application.

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