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Accurate Determination of Equilibrium State Between Two Pressure Balances Using a Pressure Transducer



T Kobata, Douglas A. Olson


To determine an equilibrium state between two pressure balances accurately, the measurement method using a precise pressure transducer and two air-operated constant volume valves is proposed in this paper. The advantages of the proposed methods are as follows: (1) By the usage of two air-operated constant volume valves, the pressure generated by the pressure balance can be connected and disconnected quickly to the transducer without volume change in the hydraulic circuit or heat transfer from the operator. (2) By managing the time intervals between measurements equally, the method proposed can compensate for the effect of the drift component in the successive values measured by the transducer used. (3) The short time stability of the pressure generated by each pressure balance used can be evaluated quantitatively at each pressure. From the measurement results, it was revealed that the equilibrium state could be determined accurately using the method proposed, and the differences between this method and the conventional fall-rate method were sufficiently small.


constant volume valve, cross-float, pressure balance, pressure transducer


Kobata, T. and Olson, D. (2005), Accurate Determination of Equilibrium State Between Two Pressure Balances Using a Pressure Transducer, Metrologia, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created June 30, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021