A bilateral comparison of a 1 mg - 20 kg weight set calibrated by subdivision/multiplication

Final Report, 10 May 2004

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A bilateral comparison on the measurement of mass has been carried out between the National Metrology Institutes NCM, Bulgaria and DFM, Denmark. A set of stainless steel weights in the range 1 mg to 20 kg provided by NCM was used as transfer standards. The weights were first calibrated at NCM using a recently introduced subdivision/multiplication procedure. The weight were then transported to DFM and calibrated using the well-established subdivision/multiplication procedure of DFM. In order to be able to compare mass values rather than conventional values, DFM measured the volumes of the weights in the range 1 g to 1 kg by hydrostatic weighing in flour-carbon (FC 40). In order to monitor any changes in mass due to submersion into FC 40, the volume measurements were followed by an additional calibration of the weights 1 g to 1 kg at DFM. Finally, the weights were transported back to NCN, where a second calibration by NCM was carried out.

The comparison is documented in an NCM report [1]. The results were generally satisfactory and support the CMC entries submitted by NCM.

[1] Nadya Vladimirova, A bilateral comparison in the range from 1 mg to 20 kg, Internal report of National Center of Metrology, G. M. Dimitrob. Blv. 52 B


Recently, NCM has set up a method for the calibration of weight sets by the subdivision/multiplication principle. Since the accreditation of DFM’s mass calibration facilities in 1992, DFM has performed highly automated calibrations on a routine basis using the subdivision/multiplication principle.The purpose of this comparison is the test the consistency of the subdivision/multiplication algorithms used by NCM and DFM, respectively. NCM will act as the pilot laboratory for the comparison and will provide the mass standards to be circulated. The volumes of the mass standards will be measured by DFM.

Further Information

The comparison was funded by the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the project “Prepackaging and Metrology in Bulgaria” (BUL0019).

Mass and Related Quantities (M)
Coordinating Institute
DFM (Denmark)
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