The physical quantity pressure is the quotient of force and area.
However the pressure in a liquid column can be calculated with the help of the following formula:

Pressure = Density . Gravitational Acceleration . Height

The SI-unit of pressure is the Pascal (Pa). 1 Pa is equivalent to the pressure which applies vertically and evenly the force of 1 N over an area of 1m². Liquid columns or piston gauges are used for the direct realisation of the unit of pressure. Pressure gauges as standard instruments realise the above mentioned equation directly (Pressure = Force/ Area). Pressure acts on the end face of a weight-loaded rotating piston that moves freely in a vertical cylinder. Gases (air or nitrogen) or liquids (oils) are used as working mediums.

At BEV the pressure is realised with pressure balances. Pressure balances can realise pressures within the range of 20 Pa to 400 MPa and can be used to calibrate pressure measuring instruments.


Digital absolute pressure balance

Pressure balance

Verification of pressure measuring instruments

Pressure measuring instruments are subject to mandatory verification in Austria. Only instruments that are approved by the BEV are accepted for verification. Besides the national type approval there exists an additional EEC-type approval for tyre pressure gauges under the European Economic Area Agreement (EEA Agreement). Pressure measuring instruments can be verified either by accredited verification bodies or by the verification authority. Every two years pressure measuring instruments have to be reverified.