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A trial intercomparison of humidity generators at extremes of range using relative humidity transmitters.

Stevens, M; Benyon, R*; Bell, S A; Vicente, T* (2008) A trial intercomparison of humidity generators at extremes of range using relative humidity transmitters. Int. J. Thermophysics, 29 (5). pp. 1685-1695.

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In order to effectively implement the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM), National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) are required to support their claims of Calibration and Measurement Capability (CMC) with a quality system compliant with ISO/IEC 17025, and with suitable evidence of participation in Key or Supplementary comparisons.

The CMC review process, both at regional and inter-regional levels, uses criteria that combine the provisions mentioned above, together with additional evidence demonstrating scientific and technical competence of the institutes.

For dew-point temperature, there are Key Comparisons in progress under the Consultative Committee for Thermometry (CCT) and under the European regional metrology organisation (EUROMET), together with information available on past Regional Supplementary comparisons. However, for relative humidity there are, to date, no such comparisons available to support CMC entries.

This paper presents and discusses the results of a preliminary investigation of the use of relative humidity and temperature transmitters in order to determine their suitability for the intercomparison of standard humidity generators in support of CMC claims for the calibration of relative humidity instruments. The results of recent bi-lateral comparison between NMIs at the extremes of the range up to 98 %rh at 70 °C, and down to 1 %rh at ¿40 °C are reported. Specific precautions and recommendations on the use of the devices as transfer standards are presented.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: measurement comparison, relative humidity, transmitter, ; ; .
Subjects: Engineering Measurements
Engineering Measurements > Thermal
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 13:15
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/4280

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