National Physical Laboratory

Temperature Measurement and Calibration

A two/three day course on temperature measurement and calibration covering (-200 °C to 3000 °C).

Aims & Objectives

  • To understand measurement techniques; thermodynamic background and temperature scales; calibration techniques; and traceability and accreditation
  • Hands-on laboratory sessions covering fixed points, resistance thermometers, thermocouples, radiation thermometers and dry block calibrators
  • Optional third day providing in-depth, hands-on experience of some of the laboratory calibration techniques

The Course

The course will be suitable for technicians and technical managers closely concerned with temperature measurement and calibration, and will broadly follow the pattern established in previous courses. Covering the range -200 °C to 3000 °C, it will concentrate on those methods of measurement which are of greatest technological and industrial importance.

The lectures will cover the necessary background to the subject and full course notes will be provided. However, the emphasis will be on practical aspects of temperature measurement, calibration and traceability, with a lot of time being spent in laboratories. The course will open with an introductory session on temperature scales and standards, including a résumé of the International Temperature Scale of 1990, ITS-90, and the three most important measurement techniques.

The laboratory sessions will be concerned with fixed points, resistance thermometers, thermocouples, radiation thermometers and thermal imaging. These will be supplemented by lectures in calibration techniques, uncertainties, traceability and accreditation. The optional third day will provide opportunities for more in-depth training and 'hands-on' experience of some of the calibration techniques used in the laboratory.

The course will be given by members of the NPL Temperature Measurement team and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Some comments from previous courses:

  • "Really good course - I would recommend to anyone"
  • "Exceeded my expectations"
  • "Thorough and well presented"



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