ASTM E74 Calibration Procedure Simplified

February 21, 2016

Steps recommended to perform calibration in accordance with ASTM E74-13a.

Stabilization

  • Allow UUT to come to room temperature
  • Warm up Instrumentation

Preparation

  • Select 10-11 Test points
  • IF UUT IS TO BE USED IN BOTH INCREASING AND DECREASING FORCES,  THE DEVICE MUSE BE CALIBRATED IN BOTH MODES.  THE SELECTION OF FORCE POINTS SHOULD BE AT LEAST 21 (11 INCRESSING AND 10 DECRESING)
  • There should be at least one calibration force for each 10% interval throughout the loading range and if the instrument is to be used below 10% of its capacity a low force should be applied.  This low force must be greater than the resolution of the device multiplied by 400 for Class A or 2000 for Class AA devices

Calibration Procedure

  • Fixture UUT in Test Frame
  • Exercise UUT 2-4 times
  • Apply 1st series of forces (Run1)
  • Rotate the UUT 120 degrees if possible for run 2
  • Apply 2nd series of forces (Run2)
  • IF UUT IS COMPRESSION AND TENSION SWITCH TO OTHER MODE AFTER FINISHING RUN 2 AND EXERCISE AND REPEAT ABOVE STEPS
  • For Tension and Compression calibration, intersperse the loadings.  Be sure to re-exercise the UUT prior to any change in setup
  • Rotate the UUT another 120 degrees if possible for run 3
  • Apply 3rd series of forces (Run3)

Data Analysis

  • Deflection calculation Methods

 

Method B Deflection readings should be calculated as the difference between readings at the applied force and the average or interpolated zero force readings before and after the applied force readings.

Method A Deflection readings are calculated as the difference between the deflection at the applied force and the initial deflection at zero force.

Criteria for Use of Higher Degree Curve Fits

Resolution must exceed 50,000 counts

An F distribution test is used to determine the appropriate best degree of fit (instructions for                 this test can be found in the Annex A1 of the ASTM E74 Standard)

Criteria for Lower Load Limit

LLF = 2.4 * STD DEV – This corresponds to a 98.2  % Coverage Factor

Based on LLF or Resolution whichever is higher

Class A 400 times the LLF or resolution

Class AA 2000 times the LLF or resolution

NOTE:  Any instrument that is either modified or repaired should be recalibrated

 

Recalibration is required for a permanent zero shift exceeding 1.0 % of full scale

Calibration Interval Determination

  • Secondary Standards should be calibrated   to ensure that they do not change more than 0.032 % over the loading range
  • Instruments used as Class A devices (Typically used to calibrate testing machines) should be calibrated  to ensure that they do not change more than 0.16 % over the loading range.
    Note: Any device not meeting the stability criteria shall be recalibrated at intervals that shall ensure the stability criteria  are not exceeded during the recalibration interval.
  •  If the Calibration device is stable to within 0.16 % over the loading range then the calibration interval can be 2 years as long as the UUT continues to meet the stability criteria

ASTM E74 lower load limits matter

There are two rules to remember when calibrating to ASTM E74:

  1. The Class A or Class AA loading range can’t be less than the first applied non-zero force point
    Per Section 8.6 of ASTM E74-13a: “The loading range shall not include forces outside the range of forces applied during the calibration.

Per Section 7.2.1: “If the lower limit of the loading range of the device (see 8.6.1) is anticipated to be less than one-tenth of the maximum force applied during calibration, then forces should be applied at or below this lower limit.”

  1. Zero can’t be a test point
    Per Section 7.2.1 of ASTM E74-13a, In no case should the smallest force applied be below the lower limit of the instrument as de?ned by the values: 400 x resolution for Class A loading range and 2000 x resolution for Class AA loading range.

This  post covers the basics.  Anyone calibrating in accordance with the ASTM E74 standard should  purchase a full copy of the standard here http://www.astm.org/Standards/E74.htm

Morehouse Developed a Calibration and Measurement Capability worksheet for instruments calibrated in accordance with the ASTM E74 standard.   This sheet can be downloaded at  http://www.mhforce.com/s/CMC-CALCULATIONS-FOR-FORCE-MEASUREMENTS.xlsx

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