Application of Quantitative 3D Microscopy to Understand Surface Properties of Engineering Thermoplastics

O Guise, N Preschilla, D Ellington, A Sikder
2006 Microscopy and Microanalysis  
An integrated approach to SEM analysis, consisting of a new sample preparation method and 3D microscopy, is demonstrated as a proficient approach to evaluate and quantify surface properties of Engineering Thermoplastics (ETPs). ETPs find extensive applications in the automotive, consumer goods and medical device industries because of a property / processing balance allowing them to address a broad range of challenging requirements. ETPs having low surface gloss are materials of specific
more » ... of specific interest for automotive interiors, power tools, life fitness equipment etc. Subsequently, there is an increased need for information-rich rapid surface characterization methods to provide a mechanistic understanding of gloss reduction that would enable faster product and process optimization.
doi:10.1017/s1431927606065986 fatcat:5gkfvhydifbrtafw6zqfukmp3i