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Mass and Force Group

The Group performs the research and development needed to provide traceability, measurement solutions, and calibration services to the US industry, government, and academia in the areas of mass, force, and the dynamic mechanical quantities of acoustics, force, and vibration.

The group also

  • Represents the interests of the US in the national, regional, and international metrology communities, through participation and/or leadership in consultative committees, working groups, and standards organizations to guarantee US competitiveness and the equivalence of standards worldwide.
  • Carries out research and development and provides technical support in legal metrology, measurement science, instrumentation design, development, and testing to develop new physical measurement services, new realization of the units, new transfer standards, new methods and data, and custom tests to improve NIST capabilities in providing traceability and leadership to meet the needs and demands of U.S. industry, government, and the scientific community.

News and Updates

Universe in the Balance

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a way to link measurements made by a device integral to microchip

Exactly how loud is that jackhammer?

When a jackhammer starts pounding outside your window at 7 o’clock on a Monday morning, you might find it annoying. For the worker who is running that

Industry Impacts

Massive Forces for Heavy Industry

Measuring large forces, such as the thrust of a rocket engine or the deflection of an aircraft wing, requires well-calibrated force sensors. NIST’s unique

Projects and Programs

Calibration of Force Transducers

NIST provides calibration services for force-measuring instruments by applying known forces, compression, tension or both, to the elastic transducer and

Calibration of Mass Standards

The NIST Mass and Force Group disseminates the unit of mass, the kilogram, to the US measurement system through calibrations of customer weights and weight sets




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