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The testing of thin films

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This paper describes an instrument being developed by Rhopoint Instrumentation Ltd. in conjunction with Kingston University. The instrument is based on a proof of concept model developed by Reading (1992). The instrument automatically monitors the build up of mechanical and rheological properties in coatings drying on a test panel, across a range of temperatures. This paper describes the design and development of the instrument and discuss a number of its applications. In practical terms the instrument undertakes the role of a 2D robot which is capable of positioning various measuring probes over a drying film. A general purpose thermomechanical testing device of this type is potentially of great value for the of thin films in the coatings industry. This paper is based on a TCS program at Rhopoint Ltd. The purpose of the program was to build a thin film analyser for the paint and coatings industry

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Factory 2000 - The Technology Exploitation Process, Fifth International Conference on (Conf. Publ. No. 435)

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2-4 Apr 1997