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A European Roadmap for Thermometry


A technical roadmap for thermometry has been constructed by the EURAMET Technical Committee for Thermometry (TC-T). The roadmap first identified the key triggers that need to be addressed; these included societal grand challenges and the essential scientific metrology to ensure the continued fitness and relevance of the SI unit, the kelvin. In addition, triggers focusing on innovation to support industrial competitiveness such as improvement in product quality and energy efficiency were considered. Clear targets to help address the triggers were formulated; these in turn provide direction to the required temperature measurement research until 2025 and beyond. Although constructed by EURAMET TC-T, the identified societal grand challenges are common within all metrology regions; hence, the roadmap has wider applicability beyond the EURAMET region. A roadmap only ever captures current thinking at the time of formulation, and hence, as with all roadmaps, requires regular revision. For this roadmap this revision will be performed around 2016. This exercise identified that significant research and development were required by the thermometry community if it is to contribute to meet the grand challenges faced by society. The research areas identified here will inform and guide the direction of thermometry research of the national measurement institutes in the EURAMET region over the next decade.

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  1. EMPIR: European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research.

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The authors of this paper thank Neil Campbell of NPL for his able facilitating of the temperature roadmapping workshop and for the construction of the roadmap. This paper is dedicated to the memory of Dr. J. Ranostaj of SMU. \(\copyright \)Queen’s Printer and Controller of HMSO, 2014.

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Machin, G., Bojkovski, J., del Campo, D. et al. A European Roadmap for Thermometry. Int J Thermophys 35, 385–394 (2014).

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  • EURAMET Technical Committee for Thermometry
  • Roadmaps
  • Strategy
  • Temperature
  • Thermal metrology