Its simplicity and lightweight corrosion resistant construction make it well suited for a wide range of wind measuring applications. The wind speed sensor is a four blade helicoid propeller. Propeller rotation produces an AC sine wave voltage signal with frequency directly proportional to wind speed. Slip rings and brushes are not used resulting in improved reliability and lower cost. The wind direction sensor is a rugged yet lightweight vane with a sufficiently low aspect ratio to assure good fidelity in fluctuating wind conditions. Vane position is sensed by a precision conductive plastic potentiometer located in a sealed chamber.
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