Project: Traceability for contact probe and stylus instrument measurements

Acronym ProbeTrace (Reference Number: 18RPT01)
Duration 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2022
Project Topic A high proportion of component failures, such as in wind turbines, fuel injection systems and roller bearings, begin at the surface of materials, due to discontinuities or deterioration. Accurate measurement of surface roughness and form is, therefore, a vital aspect of quality control, that’s measured using coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). As industry demands higher accuracy and lower uncertainties, faster CMMs are needed, with well-calibrated dynamic performance. This leads to raised requirements for traceable standards for surface roughness measurement devices, as well as for better calibration services for CMM probe dynamic performance. This project will investigate new standards and artefacts, and establish routes to SI units, aiming for cost-effective measurement capabilities with uncertainties down to 10 nm to 100 nm. The potential for applying portable displacement generators to calibrate stylus instruments beyond current ISO standards will be investigated; noise reduction methods and novel investigatory methods developed; and outputs promoted to standards bodies. Improved calibration of form and surface finish standards will help manufacturers obtain traceable, reliable measurements, leading to finer manufacturing tolerances.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2018

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Coordinator Turkey
2 Bulgarian Institute of Metrology Partner Bulgaria
3 Centro Español de Metrología Partner Spain
4 Ministarstvo privrede - Direkcija za mere i dragocene metale Partner Serbia
5 Sveuciliste U Zagrebu, Fakultet Strojarstva I Brodogradnje Partner Croatia
6 Central Office of Measures Partner Poland
7 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
8 Instituto Português da Qualidade, I.P. Partner Portugal
9 National Institute for Standards Partner Egypt
10 Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Observer Saudi Arabia