The Volume Metrology Seminar is a one-week, "hands-on" seminar. It incorporates approximately 30 percent lectures and 70 percent demonstrations and laboratory work in which the participant performs measurements by applying procedures and equations discussed in the classroom. The seminar focuses on the comprehension and application of the procedures, the equations, and calculations involved. The seminar includes the operation of the laboratory equipment, review of publications, standards, specifications, and tolerances relevant to the measurements.
Training covers calibration procedures published in NISTIR 6969 as well as volume procedures published in in NISTIR 7383. Specific volume transfer procedures include SOP 14, 16, 18, 19, and 21. SOP 14 is a gravimetric volume procedure and builds on the mass procedures SOP 2 and SOP 4 (thus the prerequisite for the Mass Metrology Seminar). This course is suitable for the calibration of volumetric standards for NIST HB 105-2, HB 105-3, HB 105-4, and concepts related to HB 105-7. The entire seminar incorporates statistical analysis, process measurement control methods, uncertainty analyses, traceability assessments, and generation of ISO/IEC 17025 compliant calibration reports for all measurements made during the seminar and builds on the concepts covered in the Fundamentals of Metrology seminar.
At the end of this seminar, using Standard Operating Procedures 2, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 29 and 30 and Good Measurement Practices 3, 11, and 13, participants will be able to:
- Accurately calibrate volumetric glassware, field standard test measures and provers, LPG provers;
- Evaluate compliance of volumetric standards to NIST Handbook 105-2 and other documentary standards;
- Implement measurement assurance practices to monitor the measurement standards and processes;
- Calculate and report correct measurement results and uncertainties; and
- Prepare calibration reports for volumetric calibrations that are ISO/IEC 17025 compliant.
State weights and measures officials and industry metrologists.
You will need to bring a 10-digit scientific calculator to use during this seminar. Participants MUST be familiar with the use of the hand-held scientific calculator. Additionally, use of a laptop or tablet PC is essential to success in the seminar. Participants must have access to Microsoft Excel (versions 2003, 2007 or 2010 are acceptable) and be able to open and use template Excel workbooks that will be provided on either CD-ROM or USB media. You must also be able to save/store files to USB media devices to facilitate printing.
Materials & Supplies
A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided.
Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar AND the Mass Metrology Seminar are required. The Volume Metrology seminar is built on the concepts learned during the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar, applying units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability and Quality Management System concepts as well as the buoyancy concepts and precision mass calibrations that are required for successful completion of gravimetric volume calibrations.
Successful completion requires that participants fully participate in all classroom and laboratory exercises, turn in or present accurate work assignments, and be present for the entire course.
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