Temperature Measurement and Calibration Workshop
This course covers the use, care, and calibration of liquid-in-glass, platinum resistance, thermocouple, and radiation thermometers. The course is relevant to all personnel who use or check thermometers as a part of testing, installation, or monitoring and maintenance tasks.
It has been said that more than half of all of the measurements made in the world are temperature measurements. Temperature impacts on our basic comfort, food preparation, transport, medicine, as well as a huge range of high- and low-tech industries.
Despite the large number of measurements, our experience is that as many as one in six thermometers are outside the manufacturer’s specifications. The primary aim of this course is to provide the information that enables users to recognise faulty thermometers and to install and use thermometers correctly.
The course provides a mix of principle and practice with guidelines for designing calibrations and measurements, including lists of things that go wrong, and the tips and tricks for recognising problems. The emphasis is on ensuring that you can apply the knowledge in your own workplace.
Cost $1099.00 + GST
Distinguished Scientist | Temperature and Humidity
Rod has been working in thermometry since 1979, and has published more than 100 scientific papers spanning most areas of thermometry. He is also the co-author of the text book Traceable Temperatures and a major contributor to several of the BIPM guides on thermometry. Areas of specialist expertise include Johnson noise thermometry, platinum resistance thermometry and resistance bridge calibration, temperature scales and calibration equations, the realisation of the triple point of water, and measurement uncertainty.
Rod worked at NIST (USA) as a guest researcher in 2001 and 2007, and at NIM (China) in 2010, 2012 and 2016 assisting with the NIST/NIM collaboration to measurement the Boltzmann constant by Johnson noise thermometry. Rod won the NZ Royal Society Science and Technology medal in 1997 for contributions to Temperature Metrology, and the Cooper Medal in 1998 for the work developing the Resistance Bridge Calibrator, an instrument now manufactured in the UK by Isotech. In 2010, he was awarded a D.Sc by the University of Waikato for his contributions to temperature metrology.
Distinguished Scientist | Temperature and Humidity
Peter has been working at MSL since 1993 in the area of radiation thermometry, carrying out research in both metrological radiation thermometry and industrial applications. He has worked as a visiting researcher for eight months at IMGC (now INRiM) in Italy, where he investigated the application of CCD cameras to radiation thermometry.
Peter has published more than 70 papers and articles on radiation-thermometry-related topics, and is author of the book Radiation Thermometry: Fundamentals and Applications in the Petrochemical Industry. He won the NZ Royal Society Cooper Medal in 2004 for research he carried out in understanding the physical basis of equations used in the calibration of radiation thermometers. He represents New Zealand on the CIPM’s Consultative Committee for Thermometry (CCT) is an active member of the CCT Working Group on Non-Contact Thermometry.
Scientific highlights for Peter include work on: the size-of-source effect in radiation thermometers, the measurement of non-linearity using a combinatorial technique, analysis of a double-wavelength technique for measuring thermodynamic temperature, calibration equations for radiation thermometers and uncertainty propagation, and reflection errors in industrial radiation thermometry.
Peter is a technical expert for many IANZ accredited thermometry laboratories in New Zealand.
Senior Research Scientist | Temperature and Humidity
Emile started his working career as an electronics service technician after finishing an NZCEE (CIT) in the early 1990's. Some years later he completed a BSc in Physics and BA in Philosophy (Victoria University and Waikato University). After finishing his undergraduate degrees, he was employed by the Engineering School at Massey University in Wellington. While employed at Massey he started a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology, which later led to a PhD (Investigation of Acoustical Methods for Volumetric and Bulk Density Determination of Solids, Liquids and Particles using the Helmholtz Resonator). Nearing the end of his doctorate, he was offered a position at the Riddet Institute (Centre of Research Excellence) in Palmerston North working on a powder processing project. Two years later (2011) he started his current position at MSL in Temperature Standards. Within MSL Emile has the responsibility of maintaining a thermocouple research and testing capability, sufficient to offer calibration services to industry and to disseminate information on best practice when employing thermocouple measurements. From this work many peer-reviewed papers have now been published that describe the drift processes in both industrial and reference thermocouples. He is also actively involved in providing LabVIEW software solutions within the Temperature Standards team.
The Course is Suitable For:
Any personnel who use or check thermometers as a part of laboratory testing, plant installation, or monitoring and maintenance tasks. Staff involved in laboratory accreditation and QA programmes will find it especially useful.
General Programme and Learning Outcomes
The course focuses on the use, care and calibration of thermometers.
- Temperature, definitions, the ITS-90 temperature scale
- Traceable standards, certificates, uncertainties
- Calibration and use of thermometers
- Liquid-in-glass thermometers, ice-point checks
- Resistance thermometers, instrumentation
- Thermocouples, furnace and oven surveys
- Radiation thermometers
- Surface and air temperature measurements
Students will receive a course attendance certificate.
Date and Venue
To be scheduled
MacDiarmid Centre, Callaghan Innovation
69 Gracefield Road, Gracefield
Approximately 45 minute drive from Wellington Airport, 30 minutes from Wellington CBD
- 8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome tea and coffee
- 9:00am - 5:00pm
All courses commence at 9:00am sharp. All courses are expected to end by 5:00pm unless otherwise noted in the registration page.
Catering includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. Please indicate dietary requirements on the registration form.