Expert Tips to Calibrate Your Pressure Gauge

We widely use pressure gauges in the processing sector. Pressure gauges, like any other measuring equipment, should calibrate regularly to ensure accuracy. While calibrating pressure gauges, there are several factors to consider.


Pressure gauges

When discussing pressure gauges, we talk about analog level indicators, which comprise a pointing needle and a pressure meter. We typically make these following the EN 837 or ASME B40.100 standards.

We frequently construct such analog measuring instruments with a Bourdon tube, diaphragm, or capsules. As we increase the pressure, a mechanical framework pushes the needle, causing it to travel across the scale.

We classify pressure gauges according to their accuracy class, which specifies the gauge’s precision and other characteristics.

Pressure gauge calibration is a meticulous procedure that should be carried out with extreme caution, preferably by calibration professionals. The following are the ten most significant elements to consider while calibrating a pressure gauge:


  1. Classes of Accuracy

When calibrating a gauge, it is critical to ascertain the appropriate precision class. For most situations, the precision class specifications are the ‘percentage of range,’ which implies that if the precision class is 1% and the scale range is still most likely 0 to 100 psi, the precision is +-1 psi.

It is critical to understand the accuracy class of the instrument you are calibrating since it will enable you to estimate the permissible average accuracy and the impact of other measurement methods.


  1. Pressure Medium Used

Among the most frequent pressure mediums for calibrating pressure-sensors are gases or liquids. The chosen liquid is usually oil or water, and the recommended gas is regular air.

The pressure medium utilized relies on the media used throughout the procedure and is attached to the gauges being calibrated. The choice is also greatly influenced by the pressure range.


  1. Contamination

The pressure medium used for measurement should not be contaminated. Dirt is a typical pollutant in these situations, and it might be found inside the gauge, disrupting the procedure and harming the calibration equipment.


  1. Height Difference

Before actually commencing the calibration procedure, assess the length of the gauges and the elevation of the apparatus. It is crucial because the variation in height might create a mistake due to the change in hydraulic pressure of the medium.

If it is not feasible to position the apparatus and the gauge around the same elevation, the impact of the discrepancy in altitude should estimate and document throughout the calibration.


  1. Testing for Leaks

It is critical to do a leak test upon that pipe before beginning the calibration. If there are any leaks, they may lead to inaccuracy.

To perform a basic quality check, pressurize the device and then wait for the pressure to settle. Throughout the test, we must watch the pressure to assure that it does not decrease far too much.


  1. Adiabatic Effect

When calibrating your pressure sensor, keep the adiabatic influence in mind. The adiabatic effect, for example, can be observed in a closed system containing a gas pressure medium.

The temperature of the air influences its volume, which in turn alters its pressure. In such cases, the pressure can increase rapidly, causing the temperature to rise as well.

As the temperature of the gas begins to drop, its volume decreases, causing the pressure to decline. This pressure decrease may appear to be a leak, but it is simply the product of the adiabatic effect.


  1. Torque Force

This is an important component to consider, especially when dealing with torque-sensitive instruments. When attaching the pressure connections to the gauge, do not use surplus force. The gauge might break if we apply more than the required force. It is essential to utilize the proper tools and adapters/seals.


  1. Mount Position

Because pressure sensors are electromechanical devices, the positioning of the gauge throughout calibration affects the readings. As a result, we strongly advise calibrating a gauge in the same place as the final measurement procedure. Also, carefully adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations about installation and working positions.


  1. Pressure Generation

For accurate calibration of a pressure gauge, pressure generation force to the gauge. This may complete by:

  • Hand pump for high pressure
  • Tester of dead load


  1. Exercising

We consider the motion of pressure gauges to get some resistance, which can cause differences in the performance.

To do just that, apply a nominal maximum pressure to the gauge and let it rest for a few minutes before releasing it. This ‘practice’ should perform up to three times before beginning the calibration procedure.

Calibration informs you just how inaccurate your pressure gauge is. As an outcome, for your pressure gauge to continually produce precise results, calibration professionals must calibrate it regularly.

For your lab equipment calibration needs, contact Biotechnical Services Inc. Our diligent team of experts is just one call away to fix and calibrate your equipment.

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