Project: Traceable measurement capabilities for monitoring thermocouple performance

Acronym MetForTC (Reference Number: 18RPT03)
Duration 01/06/2019 - 31/05/2022
Project Topic Thermocouple calibrations currently require investigation of physical and chemical properties of each instrument, as thermocouple accuracy depends on the uniformity of these properties along the length of each thermo-element. Uniformity tends to degrade in use, also affecting thermocouple performance. Insufficient knowledge of these processes has hampered development of a standard method for measuring such ‘inhomogeneity’, and there’s no standard traceable measurement method to verify performance in-situ. The project will develop practical methods and devices traceable to the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (such as dual-type thermometers and heater arrays) to enable thermocouple drift to be checked in-situ. To determine thermocouple inhomogeneity, an easy-to-use thermocouple will be developed integrating miniature fixed-point cells (a technology that realises liquid-solid equilibrium temperatures of high-purity metal elements without reference thermometers). The outcome will be at least a doubling of the certainty of temperature measurement using thermocouples in the range 232 °C to 1100 °C, resulting in increased efficiency of industrial processes that require precise temperature measurement.
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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 Budapest Főváros Kormányhivatala Partner Hungary
3 Bulgarian Institute of Metrology Partner Bulgaria
4 Biroul Roman de Metrologie Legala Partner Romania
5 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
6 Sveuciliste U Zagrebu, Fakultet Strojarstva I Brodogradnje Partner Croatia
7 Institut za mjeriteljstvo Bosne i Hercegovine Partner Bosnia and Herzegovina
8 Justervesenet Partner Norway
9 I.P. Institutul Naţional de Metrologie Partner Moldova, Republic of
10 Ministarstvo ekonomije Partner Montenegro