Feature-based characterisation of surface topography

Senin, Nicola (2018) Feature-based characterisation of surface topography. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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In recent years surface metrology has undergone a revolution: non-contact technologies have driven the transition from profile to areal measurement, and topography in- formation can now be obtained in the form of three-dimensional geometric models. However, the conceptual approach underlying topography characterisation has not changed as much, and surfaces are still predominantly quantified in terms of "rough- ness".

This thesis explores feature-based characterisation, an approach that merges technologies from computer vision, image processing, geometric modelling, and statistical modelling, to forge a new set of tools for the analysis of three-dimensional surface topography. Feature-based characterisation provides the end-user with the capability of identifying, isolating and characterising any topographic formation of interest which may be found on a measured surface, addressing characterisation needs that may go well beyond the mere assessment of surface roughness.

Feature-based characterisation of surface topography offers new ways to approach cur- rently challenging metrology problems, and offers new opportunities to explore original pathways in the development of advanced manufacturing processes, materials and products.

This thesis illustrates original methods developed by the candidate for feature-based characterisation, and presents a first attempt at unifying such methods into a comprehensive framework where feature-based characterisation is seen as an alternative to conventional characterisation based on quantifying roughness. Throughout the thesis, the foundational elements of feature-based characterisation framework will be illustrated and discussed with the help of examples from real-life applications.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Leach, Richard K.
Lawes, Simon
Keywords: surface metrology, feature-based characterisation, three-dimensional surface topography
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering
Item ID: 54266
Depositing User: Senin, Nicola
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2019 08:16
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/54266

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