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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; in revised form: 20 August 2009 / Accepted: 26 August 2009 / Published: 27 August 2009
Abstract: 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
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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.
Calvimontes A, Grundke K, Müller A, Stamm M. Advances for the Topographic Characterisation of SMC Materials. Materials. 2009; 2(3):1084-1103.
Calvimontes, Alfredo; Grundke, Karina; Müller, Anett; Stamm, Manfred. 2009. "Advances for the Topographic Characterisation of SMC Materials." Materials 2, no. 3: 1084-1103.