Project: Comprehensive traceability for force metrology services

Acronym ComTraForce (Reference Number: 18SIB08)
Duration 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2022
Project Topic Dynamic Force measurement has many applications in industry, such as in material fatigue testing in developing internal combustion engines and drivetrains. However, only static calibration services are available: no metrological services or traceability chain exists for measuring continuous, dynamic forces. This traceability puzzle arises from influences such as alignment issues for gripping apparatus and temperature, plus there’s no practical equipment traceability chain for spring-loaded testing of vertical and transversal forces. The project will establish comprehensive traceable force calibration methods for force measurement applications in material and mechanical testing. New methods and transfer standards will be developed for static, continuous and dynamic force calibrations, traceable to the SI. Force measuring devices will be investigated, improved, developed and described by theoretical models in line with the ‘digital twin’ concept, simulating causes of uncertainty in force measurement. Broad adoption of uniform traceable calibration procedures would help harmonise global calibrations and testing results for superior quality, safety and innovation processes.
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Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Centro Español de Metrología Partner Spain
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
5 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
6 RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB Partner Sweden
7 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Türkiye
8 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
9 Cranfield University Partner United Kingdom
10 Universitaet Stuttgart Partner Germany
11 Zavod za gradbeništvo Slovenije / Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute Partner Slovenia
12 Central Office of Measures Observer Poland
13 Inmetro Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia Observer Brazil