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Materials 2009, 2(3), 1084-1103; doi:10.3390/ma2031084

Advances for the Topographic Characterisation of SMC Materials

Leibniz-Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Hohe Strasse 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Received: 15 July 2009 / Revised: 20 August 2009 / Accepted: 26 August 2009 / Published: 27 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Materials)


For a comprehensive study of Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC) surfaces, topographical data obtained by a contact-free optical method (chromatic aberration confocal imaging) were systematically acquired to characterise these surfaces with regard to their statistical, functional and volumetrical properties. Optimal sampling conditions (cut-off length and resolution) were obtained by a topographical-statistical procedure proposed in the present work. By using different length scales specific morphologies due to the influence of moulding conditions, metallic mould topography, glass fibre content and glass fibre orientation can be characterized. The aim of this study is to suggest a systematic topographical characterization procedure for composite materials in order to study and recognize the influence of production conditions on their surface quality.
Keywords: moulding compounds; surface properties; surface morphology; topographic characterisation moulding compounds; surface properties; surface morphology; topographic characterisation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Calvimontes, A.; Grundke, K.; Müller, A.; Stamm, M. Advances for the Topographic Characterisation of SMC Materials. Materials 2009, 2, 1084-1103.

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