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Materials 2010, 3(12), 5083-5096; doi:10.3390/ma3125083
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Volumetrical Characterization of Sheet Molding Compounds

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Received: 8 October 2010 / Revised: 12 November 2010 / Accepted: 30 November 2010 / Published: 1 December 2010
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Abstract

For a comprehensive study of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) surfaces, topographical data obtained by chromatic confocal imaging were submitted systematically for the development of a profile model to understand the formation of cavities on the surface. In order to qualify SMC surfaces and to predict their coatability, a characterization of cavities is applied. To quantify the effect of surface modification treatments, a new parameter (Surface Relative Smooth) is presented, applied and probed. The parameter proposed can be used for any surface modification of any solid material.
Keywords: molding compounds; SMC; surface properties; surface morphology; topographic characterization; volumetrical characterization molding compounds; SMC; surface properties; surface morphology; topographic characterization; volumetrical characterization
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Calvimontes, A.; Grundke, K.; Müller, A. Volumetrical Characterization of Sheet Molding Compounds. Materials 2010, 3, 5083-5096.

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