Typically, the anemometer wire is made of platinum or tungsten and is 4 ~ 10 µm (158 ~ 393 µin) in diameter and 1 mm (0.04 in) in length.
Typical commercially available hot-wire anemometers have a flat frequency response (< 3 dB) up to 17 kHz at the average velocity of 9.1 m/s (30 ft/s), 30 kHz at 30.5 m/s (100 ft/s), or 50 kHz at 91 m/s (300 ft/s).
Due to the tiny size of the wire, it is fragile and thus suitable only for clean gas flows. In liquid flow or rugged gas flow, a platinum hot-film coated on a 25 ~ 150 mm (1 ~ 6 in) diameter quartz fiber or hollow glass tube can be used instead, as shown in the schematic below.
Another alternative is a pyrex glass wedge coated with a thin platinum hot-film at the edge tip, as shown schematically below.