Parasitic loads in torque standard machines: A characterisation, comparison, and evaluation

Sebastian Baumgarten, Dirk Röske (Corresponding Author), Jussi Ala Hiiro, Lukáš Vavrečka, Stefan Kock, Jonas Gnauert

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In torque standard machines, different kinds of bearings are used to reduce the influence of parasitic loads under the assumption that such loads are low. In accordance with EURAMET cg-14, the signal of a torque transducer is averaged over three mounting positions. For this reason, the influence of parasitic loads on the transducer signal should be negligible. To test this assumption, two multi-component torque transducers are characterised in this study based on experimental, analytical, and numerical results. In this article, the parasitic loads of the torque standard machines at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy (VTT), and Cesky Metrologicky Institut (CMI) were characterised and compared. The results are presented together with a proposal for an evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-89
Number of pages12
JournalActa IMEKO
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Comparison
  • Crosstalk
  • Multi-component
  • Parasitic load
  • Torque
  • Torque standard machine

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