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Realization of Force

Working group 1.21

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Working group 1.21 is responsible for the realization and transfer of the physical quantity "force". The force scale is realized by means of force standard machines (FSM) working on different principles. In deadweight force standard machines the force is generated by the weight force of mass stacks in the gravity field of the earth (up to 2 MN). Higher forces (up to 16.5 MN) are realized by hydraulic amplification of deadweight forces.

Transfer of the force scale is ensured by the testing and calibration of force measuring devices in the Working group's force standard machines using different measuring methods. In addition to the work carried out to realize and transfer the force scale, basic research is pursued in the field of force measurement. This includes, for example, the development and investigation of new measuring facilities and devices for the measurement of static and dynamic forces or international comparisons.

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Research/Development

Realisation of the force scale for compression and tension forces up to 16.5 MN

The force is a derived vectorial physical quantity with the unit Newton (N). One Newton is defined as the force required to impart to a body of 1 kg mass an acceleration of 1 m/s². Force standard machines are the highest national standards for the physical quantity force. The standards realize the unit of force - the Newton - statically in discrete values in the range from 0.5 N to 16.5 MN and periodically with different frequencies in the range from 10 N to 2 kN.

Investigations of force standard machines, force calibration machines, and force transducers

Force standard machines and calibration machines are investigated theoretically and experimentally to determine and reduce the measurement uncertainty. Precision force transducers are used as transfer standards for these investigations. The tranducer characteristics such as reproducibilty, creep, hysteresis and linearity are analysed.

Realization of periodic forces

New measuring facilities and devices for the generation and measurement of dynamic, in particular periodic forces are developed and investigated.

Stress calculations by finite element methods

For the theoretical analysis of the action of forces in force standard machines, in force transducers or complex force measuring devices, numerical calculation methods are used, e.g. the method of finite elements.

Development and investigation of measurement methods and test facilities for the dynamic calibration of force transducers

For time dependent-forces, the dynamic behaviour of force measuring systems must be taken into account. New measurement procedures are therefore developed and new facilities designed and constructed in the laboratory to determine the frequency response of force measuring devices. The dynamic forces are determined from the acceleration of the acting load masses.

International comparison measurements

International intercomparison measurements are carried out with force transfer standards to ensure uniformity of the force scale all over the world. 1.21 is a pilot laboratory of the CIPM and EUROMET Key Comparisons for the quantity "force".

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Services

Calibration of force transducers and comparison measurements

The transfer of the force scale to laboratories in research and industry is ensured by the calibration of force measuring devices and by comparisons with force calibration machines.

Assessment of calibration laboratories for force and testing machines by order of the German Accreditation Body

The assessment of calibration laboratories is carried out by order of the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS).

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Information

200 N Force Standard Machine

Short name 200-N-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 0.5 N, 1 N, ..., 5 N
1 N, 2 N, ..., 10 N
2 N, 4 N, ..., 20 N
5 N, 10 N, ..., 50 N
5 N, 10 N, ..., 100 N
10 N, 20 N, ..., 200 N

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2 kN Force Standard Machine

Short name 2-kN-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 50 N, 100 N, 150 N, 200 N, 250 N
300 N, 350 N, 400 N, 500 N,
500 N, 600 N, ..., 1000 N,
1200 N, 1400 N, ..., 2000 N

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20 kN Force Standard Machine

Short name 20-kN-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 0.25 kN, 0.5 kN, ..., 2 kN,
2.5 kN, ..., 5 kN,
6 kN, ..., 10 kN,
12 kN, ..., 20 kN

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100 kN Force Standard Machine

Short name 100-kN-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 2 kN, 4 kN, 5 kN, 6 kN, 8 kN,
10 kN, 12 kN, 14 kN, 15kN,
16 kN, 18 kN, 20 kN,
25 kN, ..., 50kN, 60 kN, ..., 100kN

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1 MN Force Standard Machine

Short name 1-MN-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 20 kN, 40 kN, 50 kN, ...,
1000 kN

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2 MN Force Standard Machine

Short name 2-MN-K-NME
Principle deadweight
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 2·10-5
Force steps 50 kN, 60 kN, 70 kN, ...,
2000 kN

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5 MN Force Standard Machine

Short name 5-MN-K-NME
Principle hydraulic amplification
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 1·10-4
Force steps 50 kN, 100 kN, 150 kN, ...,
5000 kN

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16.5 MN Force Standard Machine

Short name 16,5-MN-K-NME
Principle hydraulic amplification
Rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty 1·10-4
Force steps 0.1 MN, 0.2 MN, ...,
16.5 MN


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400 N Measuring Machine for Dynamic Force Calibration

Force range 10 N to 200 N
Frequency range 10 Hz to 2000 Hz
rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty Frequency range:
40 Hz – 700 Hz
700 Hz- 1 kHz
1 kHz – 2 k Hz

0.5 %
1.0 %
2.0 %
Remarks In the range < 40 Hz, calibrations of strain gauge force transducers are not traceable

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10 kN Measuring Machine for Dynamic Force Calibration

Force range Frequency range:
10 Hz – 50 Hz
> 50 Hz- 2 kHz

10 N to 1 kN
10 N to 2 kN
Frequency range 10 Hz bis 2000 Hz
rel. exp. (k=2) uncertainty Frequency range:
40 Hz – 700 Hz
700 Hz- 1 kHz
1 kHz – 2 kHz

0.5 %
1.0 %
2.0 %
Remarks In the range < 40 Hz calibrations of strain gauge force transducers are not traceable.

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