Design of an enhanced mechanism for a new Kibble balance directly traceable to the quantum SI
Fundamental Electrical Measurement Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
2 Precision Engineering Group, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Ilmenau, Germany
Accepted: 22 May 2022
Published online: 11 July 2022
The “Quantum Electro-Mechanical Metrology Suite” (QEMMS) is being designed and built at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It includes a Kibble balance, a graphene quantum Hall resistance array and a Josephson voltage system, so that it is a new primary standard for the unit of mass, the kilogram, directly traceable to the International System of Units (SI) based on quantum constants. We are targeting a measurement range of 10 g to 200 g and optimize the design for a relative combined uncertainty of for masses of 100 g. QEMMS will be developed as an open hardware and software design. In this article, we focus on the design of an enhanced moving and weighing mechanism for the QEMMS based on flexure pivots.
Key words: Kibble balance / Mechanism / Flexure / Quantum SI
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