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Multi channel interferometry for measurement of the thickness of very thin EHL lubricant films
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Machine Elements.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9110-2819
2000 (English)In: Thinning films and tribological interfaces: proceedings of the 26th Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology held in the Institute of Tribology, School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Leeds, UK 14th-17th September, 1999 / [ed] D. Dowson, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000, 711-718 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The possibilities for studying thin film EHL using optical interferometry has improved considerably with the introduction of spacer layer techniques. Film thicknesses down to zero can now be measured using different interferometric evaluation techniques. One technique is based on image analysis and a two-dimensional film thickness map can be obtained for the whole contact between a ball and a transparent disc. The image analysis techniques that have been employed normally requires a calibration table which couples separation with the measured colour parameters. There are a number of disadvantages with such a calibration procedure and the proposed Multi channel method makes it possible to avoid calibration in the same time as the evaluation time is much reduced. This paper presents a first attempt to apply the Multi channel method on the measurement of very thin film and a comparison with a calibration method (the HSI colour calibration method). A spacer layer is used in order to obtain high resolution even for very thin films. It is seen from the results that both methods correspond well at thicker films (>30 nm) while there are large differences for very thin films. The Multi channel results are promising and the method has a potential to be even further improved.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000. 711-718 p.
Tribology Series, 38
Research subject
Machine Elements; Industrial Electronics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35420ScopusID: 34351013Local ID: 9f590980-5fa4-11dc-807a-000ea68e967bISBN: 0-444-50531-8 (print)OAI: diva2:1008673
Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology : 14/09/1999 - 17/09/1999
Godkänd; 2000; 20070910 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-01-19Bibliographically approved

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