Electrical standards

Calibration services:

  • DC resistance from 10 µΩ to 100 TΩ;
  • DC voltage from 100 µV to 100 kV;
  • AC voltage (ac-dc difference) from 0.002 V to 1000 V and 10 Hz to 1 MHz*;
  • AC current (ac-dc difference) from 2 mA to 100 A and 10 Hz to 100 kHz*;
  • AC capacitance from 0.001 pF to 1 µF at 1 kHz;
  • AC inductance from 1 µH to 10 H at 1 kHz;
  • RF voltage (ac-dc difference) from 0.2 V to 50 V and from 0.1 MHz to 100 MHz*;
  • RF impedance (Z/Zo) from 0.5 to 2.0 from 250 MHz to 18 GHz;
  • RF attenuation to 60 dB at frequencies from 1 MHz to 36 GHz;
  • RF power from 1 µW to 10 mW from 1 MHz to 40 GHz;

*Not all combinations are available.

A number of other measurements can be performed by special arrangement.

Client calibrations are only scheduled in April, May, June, October, November, and December. Calibrations may begin in other months, but only by special arrangement. To assure minimum delays, please contact us before sending calibration equipment to the NRC. Measurements are normally performed in oil at 25°C, in air at 23°C, or at room temperature, typically 20°C to 23°C and approximately 40 percent relative humidity. Please specify required conditions when ordering.

Fees for service

If you wish to order a calibration service, please request a quote from the following technical contact:

Chantal Prévost
Telephone: 613-993-2898
Email: mss-electricalstandards@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Note that fees for measurement and calibration services are subject to change. The fees for service quoted do not include shipping, insurance or the cost of a customs broker. The client must arrange and pay for these services separately.

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-00-00 Custom electrical measurement or services Fee on request
A33-02-00-01 Handling fee. A charge is levied for any instrument found to be unsuitable for calibration. This fee covers opening, inspection, and return and is based on the work done prior to discovery of the fault. $265

Direct current and low frequency measurements

DC voltage measurements

Zener Reference Standards

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-01-03 First EMF. This service determines the emf of a Zener reference standard. $1,840
A33-02-01-04 Additional EMF with the same EMF common. This service is provided at a reduced rate for each additional emf, up to four emfs per unit, referenced to the same common, when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-03 above. $240
A33-02-01-05 Additional EMF with a different EMF common. This service covers, at a reduced rate, each additional isolated emf, up to four emfs per unit, referenced to a separate common (or low), when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-03 above. $410
A33-02-01-06 Additional EMFs (more than four per unit). Each additional emf (more than four emfs per unit) is determined, at a reduced rate, when measured at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-04 or A33-02-01-05 above. $920
A33-02-01-08 First EMF. This service determines the emf of a Zener reference standard from a direct comparison against a Josephson Voltage Standard. $3,675
A33-02-01-08A Additional EMF. This service is provided at a reduced rate for each additional emf when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-08 above. $315

Digital Voltmeter Gain

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-01-09 First voltage range. This service determines the gain of a Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent or HP) digital voltmeter model 3458A or 34420A from a direct comparison against a Josephson Voltage Standard. $3,045
A33-02-01-09A Additional voltage range. This service is provided at a reduced rate for each additional voltage range when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-09 above. $250

High Voltage Scaling

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-01-07 First high voltage point. This service determines a voltage (or a ratio) by scaling an input voltage between 10 V and 1000 V and using a resistive divider with a fixed ratio. $2,350
A33-02-01-07A Additional high voltage point. This service is provided at a reduced rate for each additional voltage (up to four) when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-07 above. $315

Resistance measurements

DC resistors

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-03-01 Resistor ≤ 10 kΩ, at 25 °C (in oil) or 23 °C (in air). This service determines the resistance of a reference standard resistor ≤ 10 kΩ (decimal multiple or sub-multiple of 1 Ω) in oil at 25 °C or in air at 23 °C. $1,085
A33-02-03-02 Resistor ≤ 10 kΩ, at another temperature. This is the same service as A33-02-03-01 above, performed at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 35 °C. $1,320
A33-02-03-03 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1 GΩ. This service determines the resistance of a resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1 GΩ in air at 23 °C or 25 °C at a specified test voltage (1000 V maximum). $1,580
A33-02-03-04 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1 GΩ, additional test voltages. Determinations will be made at additional test voltages at the same time and under the same conditions as for A33-02-03-03, at a reduced rate per specified test voltage. $590
A33-02-03-05 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1 GΩ, additional temperature. Determinations will be made at additional temperatures at the same time and under the same conditions as for A33-02-03-03, at a reduced rate per specified temperature. $1,760
A33-02-03-06 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤1  GΩ, at a specified temperature (18 °C to 28 °C in oil or air). $2,140
A33-02-03-07 Resistor ≥ 1 GΩ. This service determines the resistance of a reference standard resistor above 1 GΩ; in oil at 25 °C or in air at 23 °C. $1,770
A33-02-03-08 Resistor ≥ 1 GΩ, additional test voltage. Determinations will be made at additional test voltages at the same time and under the same conditions as for A33-02-03-07, at a reduced rate per specified test voltage. $1,375
A33-02-03-09 Resistor ≥ 1 GΩ at a different temperature. This is the same service as A33-02-03-07 above, performed at a different temperature than the normal set-up. $1,945
A33-02-03-10 Resistor ≥ 1 Ω and ≤100 kΩ. This service determines the resistance of a resistor ≥ 1 Ω and ≤100 kΩ (decimal multiple of 1 Ω), in oil at 25°C or in air at 23°C, using the NRC Cryogenic Current Comparator. $3,000
A33-02-03-10A Additional Resistor ≥ 1 Ω and ≤100 kΩ. This is the same service as A33-02-03-10 above, provided at a reduced rate for each additional resistor (up to four additional resistors) when performed at the same time and under the same conditions. $1,500

Resistance Bridge

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-03-11 One Ratio (Rx:Rs). This service determines the Ratio Error of a Resistance Bridge for one ratio (Rx:Rs) using the NRC Cryogenic Current Comparator. $2,700
A33-02-03-11A Additional Ratio (Rx:Rs). This is the same service as A33-02-03-11 above, provided at a reduced rate for each additional ratio when performed at the same time and under the same conditions. $1,200

Resistors for current measurements (current shunts)

Measurements may be made at direct currents up to 100 A.

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-04-01 One resistor or range. The resistance of a single resistor or one range of a multi-range resistor is measured at room temperature or 23°C. $980
A33-02-04-02 One resistor or range, additional temperature. The resistance of the resistor, or the range of the multi-range resistor used in A33-02-04-01 above, is measured at one or more controlled temperatures other than room temperature. $1,175
A33-02-04-03 Multi-range resistor, additional range. This service measures another range of the multi-range resistor used in A33-02-04-01 above. The service can only be carried out at the same time and under the same conditions as the above test. $730
A33-02-04-04 One resistor or range, additional currents. The resistance of the resistor, or the range of the multi-range resistor used in A33-02-04-01 above, is measured at one or more additional currents. This service applies only when carried out at the same time and under the same conditions as for the original test. $730
A33-02-04-05 One resistor or range, additional time intervals. The resistance of the resistor or the range of the multi-range resistor used in A33-02-04-01 above, is measured at one or more additional time intervals of electrification. This service applies only when carried out at the same time and under the same conditions as for the original test. $315
A33-02-04-06 Resistance of a metal rod conductivity standard. The resistance of a metal rod conductivity standard is measured. The measurement is done only at room temperature. Rod length must not exceed 700 mm. $1,485

Inductance measurements

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-05-01 Fixed inductor, one frequency. This service determines the series self inductance of a fixed inductor at one frequency. $555

Inductors with non-magnetic cores are normally measured at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 25 °C and at frequencies of 100 Hz, 400 Hz, or 1000 Hz.

Capacitance measurements

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-06-01 3-Terminal fixed capacitance. The 3-terminal capacitance of a fixed standard capacitor is measured at one frequency. $555
A33-02-06-02 2-Terminal fixed capacitance. The 2-terminal capacitance of a fixed standard capacitor is measured at one frequency. $715
A33-02-06-03 Fused silica dielectric capacitor. The 3-terminal capacitance of a 10 pF or 100 pF fused silica dielectric capacitor is measured in its own temperature controlled enclosure at 1592 Hz. $1,035

Capacitance is normally measured at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 25 °C and at frequencies of 1000 Hz.

AC-DC transfer

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-07-01 AC-DC Transfer, one range and frequency. The ac-dc difference is determined at one voltage less than or equal to 1000 V and at one frequency less than or equal to 1 MHz or at one current less than or equal to 100 A and at one frequency less than or equal to 100 kHz. $795
A33-02-07-02 AC-DC Transfer, additional range or frequency. The ac-dc difference is measured on one additional range of voltage (1000 V maximum) or current (100 A maximum) or at one additional frequency. This service is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-07-01. $190
A33-02-07-04 Fluke Model 792A. Full calibration of Fluke Model 792A according to manufacturer's specifications. $14,510
A33-02-07-05 Fluke Model 792A. Partial calibration of Fluke Model 792A according to manufacturer's specifications. Fee on request

Thermal transfer standards and thermal converters can be calibrated between 0.002 V and 1000 V at frequencies between 10 Hz and 1 MHz. Not all combinations of frequency and voltage are available. Alternating current four-terminal shunts normally used with the thermal devices described above may be calibrated up to 100 A and 100 kHz.

Radio frequency (RF) and microwave measurements

RF attenuation

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-08-01 Attenuation, variable or switched attenuator, 10 MHz - 60 MHz, A determination is made of the attenuation of one differential setting of a variable or switched attenuator at one frequency in the range 10 MHz to 60 MHz. $3,920
A33-02-08-02 Attenuator insertion loss (waveguide). Insertion loss is determined for an attenuator (if waveguide) at one frequency within the range of 60 MHz to 36 GHz. This service is only available once the equipment is set-up, as per service A33-02-08-01. $700
A33-02-08-03 Additional attenuators (coaxial). Insertion loss is determined for additional attenuators (if coaxial) at the frequency already used for measurement of the first attenuator. This service is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-08-01. $700
A33-02-08-04 Attenuator insertion loss, additional frequency. The insertion loss of one attenuator is determined at each additional frequency in the octave or waveguide frequency band already used for measurement in A33-02-08-01. This service is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as the original test. $700
A33-02-08-05 Attenuation, variable or switched attenuator, 60 MHz - 36 GHz. A determination is made of the attenuation of one differential setting of a variable or switched attenuator at one frequency in the range 60 MHz to 36 GHz. $1,865
A33-02-08-06 Attenuator, additional differential setting 60 MHz - 36 GHz. This service covers each additional differential setting at the frequency already used for measurement during the initial test (A33-02-08-05). It is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as the original test. $700
A33-02-08-07 Variable attenuator, additional insertion loss. The insertion loss is determined at one setting of a variable attenuator, at the frequency already used for measurement in A33-02-08-05. This service is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as the original test. $700
A33-02-08-08 Attenuator, additional frequency. Each additional frequency is determined in the frequency band already used for measurement of the first differential setting in A33-02-08-05. This service is available only when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as the original test. $700
A33-02-08-09 Attenuation, 1 MHz - 60 MHz. A determination is made of one attenuation value at one frequency within the range 1 MHz to 60 MHz. $1,400
A33-02-08-10 Additional attenuation values. Additional attenuation values can be determined at the same frequency for the attenuator used in A33-02-08-09, if measured at the same time and under the same conditions as the original test. $235

RF impedance

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-09-01 Reflection coefficient, coaxial termination. This service determines the complex reflection coefficient of a coaxial termination with precision connector in one of the following frequency bands:
  • 0.5 GHz to 1 GHz, 4 GHz to 8 GHz
  • 1 GHz to 2 GHz, 8 GHz to 12.4 GHz
  • 2 GHz to 4 GHz, 12 GHz to 18 GHz
$560
A33-02-09-02 Reflection coefficient, additional terminations. This service determines the complex reflection coefficient of additional coaxial terminations in the same frequency band. It must take place at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-09-01. $295

RF voltage

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-10-01 Thermal voltage converter. The ac-dc difference of a thermal voltage converter is determined at one voltage from 0.2 V to 50 V and one frequency within the range V0.1 MHz to 100 MHz. $655
A33-02-10-02 Additional frequencies or thermal voltage converters. The ac-dc difference is measured at one additional frequency at the same voltage as that used in A33-02-10-01. These measurements must be taken at the same time and under the same conditions as above. $190

RF power

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-11-01 Coaxial bolometer. This service measures the effective efficiency and calibration factor of a thermistor mount or power sensor at one frequency within the range 0.1 MHz to 0.5 GHz, 0.5 GHz to 18 GHz, 18 GHz to 26.5 GHz, 26.5 GHz to 40 GHz and 33 GHz to 50 GHz. $635
A33-02-11-02 Coaxial bolometer, additional device. Additional coaxial bolometer mounts or power sensors are measured at the frequency used to measure the coaxial bolometer in A33-02-11-01, when supplied at the same time and measured under the same conditions. $445
A33-02-11-03 Coaxial bolometer, additional frequencies. The coaxial thermistor mounts, or power sensors, used in A33-02-11-01 and/or A33-02-11-02 are measured at another frequency within the same band. $325
A33-02-11-04 Transfer Standard. Measurement of K2 and source impedance of a coaxial or waveguide power transfer standard (directional coupler with a sensor on the side-arm). On request
A33-02-11-08 Reference Source Power. Reference source in an RF power meter, 50 MHz. This service measures the power available from a reference source in an RF power meter at the frequency of 50 MHz. $590
A33-02-11-10 Waveguide thermistor mount. Effective efficiency and calibration factor of a waveguide thermistor mount or power transfer standard (terminated on a load) at one frequency in a band (WR‑90, WR‑62, WR‑42, WR‑28, WR‑22). $635
A33-02-11-12 Waveguide thermistor mount, additional device. Each additional waveguide thermistor mount or power transfer standard (terminated on a load) used in A33-02-11-10. $445
A33-02-11-14 Waveguide thermistor mount, additional frequency. Each additional frequency within the same band for the waveguide thermistor mount or power transfer standard (terminated) used in A33-02-11-12. $325

Contact

Carlos Sanchez
Telephone: 613-990-9079
Email: Carlos.Sanchez@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Business Office: MSS-SMEBusiness-Affaires@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

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