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Services d'étalonnage et de mesure du BIPM

Le BIPM participe à des comparaisons (et en pilote un certain nombre) ; par ailleurs, en se fondant sur ses services de mesurage, il effectue des étalonnages dans certains domaines choisis pour les laboratoires nationaux de métrologie des États Membres.

Le domaine et le type d'étalonnages offerts peuvent changer au cours du temps. Pour plus d'informations sur les étalons de référence conservés au BIPM (en anglais uniquement), veuillez sélectionner ci-dessus les onglets concernés.



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For those Member State NMIs that do not hold primary standards for ozone in air, the BIPM offers calibrations of secondary standard ozone analysers.

Interested laboratories are invited to contact Dr J. Viallon for the relevant calibration request forms.


In order to shift some of our human resources to other essential activities, such as establishing the calculable capacitor and collaborating on the BIPM watt balance project, while at the same time continuing our support for the CCEM and our programme of comparisons and calibrations, the CCEM (2007) agreed the following guidelines for the calibration of electrical standards at the BIPM:

  • NMIs are asked to limit the frequency of their BIPM calibrations of resistors, capacitors and electronic voltage standards (Zeners) to once every two years for the same type of standard.

  • Users of the BIPM electrical calibration services should please limit the number of standards of a given type to no more than three standards of the same nominal value.

  • The calibrations will be carried out at the BIPM in two or three batches during the year.

In addition to calibrations, a bilateral comparison scheme using conventional standards is offered to those laboratories that desire well-documented traceability to the BIPM voltage, resistance, and capacitance standards. This uses methods and procedures similar to those used in the former large-scale international comparisons and the results are proposed to the CCEM for inclusion in the CIPM MRA database.

Further information on the calibrations available for electrical standards of national laboratories is provided in the "Voltage", "Resistance" and "Capacitance" pages above.


Electronic voltage standards referenced to Zener diodes are now widely used, creating the need to carry out calibrations at 10 V as well as 1.018 V. The BIPM uses 10 V arrays of Josephson junctions as the reference voltage standard and all votages are defined with respect to KJ-90.

Calibrations at 10 V are carried out either by comparison with a Zener working standard that is calibrated with a 10 V array or by direct comparison with an array. Calibrations at 1.018 V are carried out either by comparison with a calibrated standard cell or by direct comparison with an array. The combined standard uncertainty (relative to the nominal output voltage) assigned to the calibration of a 1.018 V or 10 V Zener voltage standard is typically 1.4 parts in 108 (excluding uncertainty components associated with transportation).


In the area of resistance calibrations, the BIPM was the first laboratory to use a cryogenic current comparator for routine resistance calibrations. This provides a significant increase in the precision of the comparisons and makes it possible to obtain, for example, precise estimates for the pressure coefficients of travelling standards received for calibration by measuring variations in resistance caused by natural changes in atmospheric pressure.

Routine calibrations are carried out at 1 ohm, 100 ohm and 10 kohm. With respect to RK-90, the combined standard uncertainty assigned to the calibration of a 1 ohm resistance standard is typically 1.7 parts in 108 relative to the nominal value; that assigned to the calibration of a 100 ohm or 10 kohm resistance standard is typically 1.8 parts in 108 (excluding uncertainty components associated with transportation).


The link between 1 pF, 10 pF and 100 pF capacitance standards and the quantized Hall resistance has been established at the BIPM.

With respect to RK-90, the combined relative standard uncertainty assigned to the calibration of a 1 pF, 10 pF or 100 pF capacitance standard is typically 5 parts in 108 at 1000 Hz and 4 parts in 108 at 1592 Hz (excluding uncertainty components associated with transportation). These uncertainties have been confirmed by several international comparisons.


Due to the forthcoming CCEM-K4.2017 key comparison of capacitance standards, calibration and bilateral comparison services will be suspended from February 2017 to the end of August 2017.


For those Member State NMIs that do not hold primary standards for x-rays or gamma radiation, the BIPM offers characterizations/calibrations of national secondary standard ionization chambers in terms of the quantities and under the reference conditions determined by the CCRI(I).

These are described in Rapport BIPM-2011/04, together with the uncertainty budgets of the relevant BIPM standards.


The primary role of the BIPM's activity in Mass is to provide traceability to the International Prototype of the Kilogram.

Calibrations of Pt-Ir prototypes and mass standards in stainless steel are carried out each year during the periods March to May and September to November.


1 kg prototypes in Pt-Ir

    The BIPM offers a calibration service for 1 kg national prototypes in Pt-Ir. This service is available free of charge to Member States. The Physical Metrology Department maintains a number of prototypes and other standards in Pt-Ir. A subset of these are used as working standards to calibrate national prototypes upon request. The remainder are used for quality control. The standard uncertainty currently assigned to the calibration of a national prototype depends on the time since the last use of the IPK. The last use of the IPK was in 2014 and the combined standard uncertainty of the calibration of national prototypes is currently 0.0045 mg.

    The BIPM also fabricates Pt-Ir prototypes for Member States upon request.

  • Request the calibration of a national prototype

1 kg mass standards in stainless steel

    The BIPM offers a calibration service for 1 kg standards in stainless steel. This service is available free of charge to NMIs of Member States. The volume of the standard will be determined by hydrostatic weighing at the BIPM if this parameter is unknown (typical combined standard uncertainty obtained at the BIPM is 0.44 mm3 at the reference temperature of 20.0 °C). However, the volumetric thermal expansion near room temperature must be supplied by the NMI or the manufacturer of the standard. If not already in our database, the BIPM will determine the location of the centre of gravity of the standard. The combined standard uncertainty currently assigned to the calibration of a 1 kg standard in stainless steel is typically 0.010 mg.

  • Request the calibration of a 1 kg standard in stainless steel

The BIPM Time Department conducts calibrations of time transfer equipment located in time laboratories participating in the calculation of International Atomic Time (TAI).

Differential time corrections for GPS time equipment are published in Rapports BIPM.

Types of calibration:

Traçabilité au SI par l'intermédiaire du BIPM
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Politique du BIPM concernant les déclarations d'incertitude
À lire aussi :
Comparaisons conduites par le BIPM
Programme de travail du BIPM
Services fournis par État Membre
Chimie
Électricité
Masses
Rayonnements ionisants
Temps