Static Pressure - Training Course

Morten Karstoft Rasmussen

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Static Pressure - Training Course

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Price: 1850 EURO

Static pressure measurement is essential in the daily processing or operating in many industries e.g. the pharma and medical, food, clean room and energy industry. This three-day course covers the definition and transfer of the derived physical quantity of static pressure, a detailed up-to-date overview of fundamentals and practice of static pressure and calibration and a component by component uncertainty analysis for pressure. The emphasis is to ensure that you can apply the techniques and knowledge in your own workplace.

Who should attend?
The course is relevant to personnel who are interested in the principles of static pressure measurement. Primary emphasis is placed on the principles and practices used in the calibration of pressure standards and measuring instruments including piston gauges, digital pressure controllers and other elastic transducers. The course is designed to provide value for senior technicians, engineers and technical staff from a wide range of industries, calibration and testing laboratories involved in laboratory accreditation and establishing measurement traceability under an ISO quality system. The course is suitable for participants with or without previous measuring experience. The course curriculum is applicable to both calibration and manufacturing processes. Participants should have a basic level of mathematics: multiplication, division, uses of graphs and tables. Being acquainted with GUM uncertainty analysis will prove helpful but not necessary during the course.

Course content
The course curriculum is based on Danish Technological Institute’s more than 100 years of experience in designing test setups, calibration in various fields, verification and as a leading partner in industrial development for Danish and international companies. Besides being the National Reference Laboratory for Liquid Flow and Contact Thermometry in Denmark this experience includes measurement of mass and force among others as well as the operation of data acquisition systems.

The course includes a review of the principles of pressure metrology, the measurement system, traceability and aspects of the calibration process which can affect the results. The main emphasis is on the practical aspects of pressure calibration and the course covers essential knowledge of the calibration, calibration system error analysis and completion of calibration reports. Furthermore the course provides you with useful frameworks and concepts regarding a wide range of pressure measuring instruments, their principles of operation, calibration methods, assessment of uncertainty and how to select equipment meeting the requirement’s of the users. The course also includes use of deadweight testers and potential sources of error.

There will be a number of hands-on exercises using deadweight tester and gauges to develop practical skills and the course is designed to be highly interactive to enable you to benefit from the experience of the other participants and the presenters. Furthermore theoretical examples and exercises will be part of the course and time is included to give the participants an opportunity to discuss specific problems. And the emphasis is to ensure that you can apply your new knowledge in your own organisation. The course includes an exam, a certificate of completion and a certificate of the exam result.

Course Outline:


Day one

Day two

Day three

Session 1

Welcome. Introduction. Terminology and definitions. Traceability and international standards (L)

Dead Weight Testers (L)

Estimation of measurement uncertainty (L+TE)

Session 2

Pressure devices; Pressure transducers and calibrators. Barometry, manometry and liquid columns (L)

Determining and transferring the effective area of piston gauges (L+TE)

Calibration and maintenance. Sources of error (L)

Session 3

Electro-mechanical sensors, U tube manometers. Absolute and differential gauges. Pressure sensor specifications (L)

Laboratory workshop session (HO)

Exam, evaluation of course, exam results and goodbye (TE+L)

L – Lecture,  TE – Theoretical exercise,  HO – Hands-on exercise

After the course you will have obtained:

  • An overview of underlying physical principles and technologies for various pressure measurements.
  • The practical knowledge in order to choose the right equipment for pressure measurements, proving and sampling and be able to resolve any problems in relation to uncertainty and inaccuracy of pressure measurements.
  • Knowledge about installation, periodic maintenance and calibration techniques.
  • Skills to meet the requirements of traceability and quality standards of ISO 17025 or in-house requirements of traceability and quality standards.
  • Insight needed to use and maintain a deadweight tester/reference gauge.
  • Understanding of a deadweight tester calibration report.
  • The insight needed to identify various sources of error that affect pressure measurements and tips and tricks for recognising the problems.

Furthermore you will have learned about:

  • Basic measurement concepts
  • Why measurements sometimes do not work
  • Measurement design
  • Making measurements traceable
  • Principles of calibration
  • Assessing the uncertainty in measurements

Why participate?
Calibration is often thought of as a simple task of checking or adjusting a working gauge against a reference instrument. In fact, calibration involves a much wider range of tasks including checking that the gauge is working properly under test, ensuring that the reference instrument has a traceable calibration, using the correct calibration method, and calculating the uncertainty of the measurement. The primary aim of this course is to provide sufficient information on the above topics to enable users to choose the equipment and methods meeting their needs and to provide a firm platform assuring that installation and use of pressure devices is performed correctly. All concepts in the course are treated in a practical and pragmatic matter ensuring direct knowledge to value.

This innovative program provides a pathway for people currently working with pressure measurements to further develop their knowledge and skills.