Electrical standards calibration services

Important

Please note our prices are subject to change.

Calibration services:

  • DC resistance from 10 µΩ to 100 TΩ;
  • DC voltage from 100 µV to 1 kV;
  • AC voltage (AC-DC difference) from 0.002 V to 1000 V and 10 Hz to 1 MHzFootnote *;
  • AC current (AC-DC difference) from 2 mA to 100 A and 10 Hz to 100 kHzFootnote *;
  • AC capacitance from 10 pF to 10 µF and from 10 Hz to 4 kHz;
  • AC resistance from 10 Ω to 10 MΩ and from 10 Hz to 4 kHz;
  • AC inductance from 100 µH to 10 H and from 10 Hz to 4 kHz;
  • RF voltage (AC-DC difference) from 0.2 V to 24 V and from 0.1 MHz to 100 MHzFootnote *;
  • RF impedance (Z/Zo) from 0.5 to 2.0 and from 250 MHz to 18 GHz;
  • RF power from 1 µW to 10 mW and from 1 MHz to 40 GHz.

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. 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:

Email: NRC.MSS.ElectricalStandards-EtalonsElectriques.SME.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Note that fees for 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 or standard 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. $295

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. $2,035
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. $270
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, when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-03 above. $460
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 performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-01-04 or A33-02-01-05 above. $1,020
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. $4,055
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. $355

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. $3,360
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. $280

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. $2,595
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. $355

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. $1,200
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. $1,460
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). $1,745
A33-02-03-04 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1 GΩ, additional test voltage. Determinations will be made at additional test voltages at the same time and under the same conditions as for A33-02-03-03, at a reduced rate per specified test voltage. $655
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. $1,945
A33-02-03-06 Resistor ≥ 100 kΩ and ≤ 1  GΩ, at a specified temperature (18 °C to 28 °C in oil or air). $2,365
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. $1,955
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. $1,520
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. $2,150
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. $3,310
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. $1,655

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. $2,980
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. $1,325

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 in air bath at 23 °C or in oil bath at 25 °C. $1,085
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. $1,300
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. $810
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. $810
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. $355
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 980 mm and its diameter must not exceed 23 mm. $1,640

Impedance Measurements

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 1592 Hz or 1000 Hz using the Andeen Hagerling bridge. $1,950
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 or 1000 Hz and up to 100 V rms. This service uses the NRC four‑pair terminal bridge. $1,950
A33-02-06-10 3‑Terminal fixed capacitance. The 3‑terminal capacitance of a fixed standard capacitor of any value from 10 pF to 10 µF is measured with a digital bridge at one frequency. $1,700
A33-02-06-11 2‑Terminal fixed capacitance. The 2‑terminal capacitance of a fixed standard capacitor of any value from 10 pF to 10 µF is measured with a digital bridge at one frequency. $1,700
A33-02-06-12 Determination of dissipation factor of a capacitor. This service provides the dissipation factor when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-06-10 or A33-02-06-11. $250

Capacitance is normally measured at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 25 °C, peak voltage amplitude in the range 0.1 V to 10 V, at frequencies of 1000 Hz or 1592 Hz. (Frequency in the range 10 Hz to 4000 Hz upon request. Dissipation factor can be provided upon request. Values greater than 10 µF may be provided after consultation.)

AC Resistance measurements

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-06-20 AC Resistor. The impedance of an AC resistance from 10 Ω to 10 MΩ is measured with a digital bridge at one frequency. Real component (or modulus) and imaginary component (or argument or time constant) are provided. $1,950

The impedance of the AC resistor is normally measured at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 25 °C, maximum peak voltage amplitude in the range 0.1 V to 10 V, at a frequency of 1000 Hz. (Frequency in the range 10 Hz to 4000 Hz upon request.)

Inductance measurements

Calibration number Description Fee
A33-02-06-30 Fixed inductor, one frequency. Inductor from 100 µH to 10 H. This service determines the series self-inductance of a fixed inductor which is measured with a digital bridge at one frequency. $1,700
A33-02-06-31 Determination of dissipation (or loss factor) of an inductor. This service provides the dissipation (or loss factor) of an inductor when performed at the same time and under the same conditions as A33-02-06-30. $250

Inductors with non-magnetic cores are normally measured at a specified temperature in the range 20 °C to 25 °C, peak voltage amplitude in the range 0.1 V to 10 V, at a frequency of 1000 Hz. (Upon request, frequency in the range 10 Hz to 4000 Hz. Dissipation factor can be provided upon request.)

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. $880
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. $210
A33-02-07-04 Fluke Model 792A. Full calibration of Fluke Model 792A at the voltage and frequency parameters indicated in the manufacturer's specifications. $16,005
A33-02-07-05 Fluke Model 792A. Partial calibration of Fluke Model 792A at the voltage and frequency parameters indicated in the 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 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
$620
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. $330

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 24 V and one frequency within the range 0.1 MHz to 100 MHz. $725
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. $210

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. $705
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 performed at the same time and measured under the same conditions. $495
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. $365
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). Fee 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. $655
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). $705
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. $495
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 on a load) used in A33-02-11-12. $365