ASTM E2593 - 12

    Standard Guide for Accuracy Verification of Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometers

    Active Standard ASTM E2593 | Developed by Subcommittee: E20.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.03


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This guide is intended to be used for verifying the resistance-temperature relationship of industrial platinum resistance thermometers that are intended to satisfy the requirements of Specification E1137/E1137M. It is intended to provide a consistent method for calibration and uncertainty evaluation while still allowing the user some flexibility in the choice of apparatus and instrumentation. It is understood that the limits of uncertainty obtained depend in large part upon the apparatus and instrumentation used. Therefore, since this guide is not prescriptive in approach, it provides detailed instruction in uncertainty evaluation to accommodate the variety of apparatus and instrumentation that may be employed.

    5.2 This guide is intended primarily to satisfy applications requiring compliance to Specification E1137/E1137M. However, the techniques described may be appropriate for applications where higher accuracy calibrations are needed.

    5.3 Many applications require tolerances to be verified using a minimum test uncertainty ratio (TUR). This standard provides guidelines for evaluating uncertainties used to support TUR calculations.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide describes the techniques and apparatus required for the accuracy verification of industrial platinum resistance thermometers constructed in accordance with Specification E1137/E1137M and the evaluation of calibration uncertainties. The procedures described apply over the range of –200°C to 650°C.

    1.2 This guide does not intend to describe procedures necessary for the calibration of platinum resistance thermometers used as calibration standards or Standard Platinum Resistance Thermometers. Consequently, calibration of these types of instruments is outside the scope of this guide.

    1.3 Industrial platinum resistance thermometers are available in many styles and configurations. This guide does not purport to determine the suitability of any particular design, style, or configuration for calibration over a desired temperature range.

    1.4 The evaluation of uncertainties is based upon current international practices as described in ISO/TAG 4/WG 3 “Guide to the Evaluation of Uncertainty in Measurement” and ANSI/NCSL Z540-2-1997 “U.S. Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement.”

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E344 Terminology Relating to Thermometry and Hydrometry

    E563 Practice for Preparation and Use of an Ice-Point Bath as a Reference Temperature

    E644 Test Methods for Testing Industrial Resistance Thermometers

    E1137/E1137M Specification for Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometers

    E1502 Guide for Use of Fixed-Point Cells for Reference Temperatures

    E1750 Guide for Use of Water Triple Point Cells

    ANSI Publication

    ANSI/NCSLZ540-2-1997 U.S. Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    Other Publication

    ISO/TAG4/WG3 Guide to the Evaluation of Uncertainty in Measurement


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.20 (Temperature-measuring instruments)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2593-12

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