Calibration-Round-Robin CaRo (since 1993)

1993 - 2016 realized by Adolf Kuhner AG, Birsfelden, Switzerland

for determination of the explosion characteristics of dusts

CaRo20 - Progress

Calibration-Round-Robin CaRo20 announcement

After our previous world-wide round robin tests

CaRo93: 77 apparatuses CaRo05:   98 apparatuses CaRo15: 131 apparatuses
CaRo96: 68 apparatuses CaRo07:   77 apparatuses CaRo17: 144 apparatuses
CaRo98: 63 apparatuses CaRo09:   90 apparatuses CaRo18:   41 apparatuses
CaRo00: 69 apparatuses CaRo11: 122 apparatuses CaRo19: 127 apparatuses
CaRo03: 93 apparatuses CaRo13: 112 apparatuses

we will carry out on schedule the new calibration round robin "CaRo20".


Determination of the explosion characteristics using standard test methods:

  • Pmax maximum explosion overpressure
  • Kmax product-specific constant
  • MIE minimum ignition energy
  • and calibration of the relevant test apparatus.


According to international standards the 20-l-apparatus and the 1-m3-vessel for the determination of Pmax and Kmax and the apparatus for determination of the minimum ignition energy must be calibrated at regular intervals (at least every 12 months, or following any significant maintenance or repair). For this purpose, an international calibration round test (calibration round robin = CaRo) has been carried out periodically since 1993.

  • EN 13821: Determination of minimum ignition energy of dust/air mixtures
  • EN 14034-1: Determination of max. explosion pressure Pmax …
  • EN 14034-2: Determination of max. rate of explosion pressure rise (dp/dt)max …
  • ASTM E1226: Standard Test Method for Explosibility of Dust Clouds
  • EN ISO/IEC 80079-20-2: … Material characteristics. Combustible dust methods

Calibration method:

The mean values of the explosion indices, measured by the participating laboratories, will be calculated as reference values. All apparatuses, with results lying within the given tolerance range, meet the calibration requirements and will receive a calibration-certificate from us. Based on experience with previous round robin tests, we are certain that we will be able to discover and rectify the cause of any errors with installations producing results deviating significantly from the reference values.

Our service:

The test dust will be selected, homogenized, packed under nitrogen and mailed by us. All test results are continually evaluated and will be published in the internet in a protected area exclusively for CaRo20 participants. This allows you to pre-check your own test results. Those apparatuses which meet the calibration requirements will receive a certificate. All results will then be summarized in tabular form (anonymously) and mailed to the participants.


CaRo20 participants will get a free upgrade to software KSEP 7.1 and MIKE 3.5


The fee for participation depends on the number of apparatuses:

order no. calibration of: price in CHF price in EUR
SP9021 1 apparatus 2‘284.- 2‘130.-
SP9022 2 apparatuses 3‘480.- 3‘250.-
SP9023 3 apparatuses 4‘320.- 4‘030.-
The price includes packaging, but not the delivery-, customs- and VAT charges (value added tax).

Test dust:

The amount of test dust depends on the type of apparatus:

  • 20-l-apparatus, MIE-apparatus: 1kg each
  • 1m3-vessel: 10kg (SP9031 extra costs = CHF 2‘330.- / EUR 2‘180.-)


Mailing of test dust: starting end of April 2020
Deadline for receipt of test results: end of December 2020
Final report of CaRo20, certificates: Januar 2021

The reports of the CaRo tests will be published here.

CaRo - Final Reports

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