Surfaces and their Measurement


  • David Whitehouse, Professor of Engineering Science and Chief Scientist at the University of Warwick, UK

The importance of surface metrology has long been acknowledged in manufacturing and mechanical engineering, but has now gained growing recognition in an expanding number of new applications in fields such as semiconductors, electronics and optics. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement, and surface metrology is the study of the measurement of rough surfaces. In this book, Professor David Whitehouse, an internationally acknowledged subject expert, covers the wide range of theory and practice, including the use of new methods of instrumentation.
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Designers and inspectors; postgraduate and other students in manufacturing and mechanical engineering


Book information

  • Published: January 2002
  • ISBN: 978-1-903996-01-0


‘A comprehensive and easily accessible textbook and reference book’-International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Table of Contents

1. What is surface metrology? 2. Measurement of surfaces. 3. Profile parameter characterisation. 4. Surfaces in manufacture. 5. Function and surface texture. 6. Surface finish instrumentation. 7. Stylus instruments. 8. Optical methods. 9. Scanning microscopes. 10. Errors of form. 11. Roundness and related subjects. 12. Cylindricity, sphericity etc. 13. Instrument design for minimum error. 14. Calibration of instruments. 15. Sampling, numerical analysis, display. Glossary.