Structured geometry surfaces features for optimised function

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Abstract

With the deepening understanding of the importance of the surface and its properties on the function of engineering components there has been an increasing focus on "designing" the surface topography to optimise functionality. Increasingly this "design" aspect of surfaces has taken the form of giving the surface a clearly defined topographical structure or surface micro geometry. The aim of the surface structure is to ensure specific surface properties which enhance or even define the surface functionality. Such structures are not necessarily new and plateau honing of automotive cylinder liners is a clear example of a traditional process where bearing and lubrication transport and retention properties are enhanced. The latest developments in the applications of structured surfaces cover functionality as wide as enhanced tribological properties, tailored optical properties and optimised bio cellular attachment. The features on the functional surfaces are usually defined geometrical structures such as craters with specific volume and spacing or protuberances having fixed geometries heights and spacing. The concept of structured surfaces is introduced in this review paper along with examples of the application of surface structures in the fields of injection moulded optics, bio implant attachment and enhanced tribological properties. The surface structures are discussed in terms of the improved properties and the challenging aspects of modelling function and their measurement and characterisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2011
EditorsP. Shore, Henny Spaan, Theresa Burke, H. Van Brussel
Publishereuspen
Pages247-250
Number of pages4
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780955308291
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event11th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology - Como, Italy
Duration: 23 May 201126 May 2011
Conference number: 11

Conference

Conference11th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology
Abbreviated titleEUSPEN 2011
CountryItaly
CityComo
Period23/05/1126/05/11

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Blunt, L. (2011). Structured geometry surfaces features for optimised function. In P. Shore, H. Spaan, T. Burke, & H. Van Brussel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2011 (Vol. 1, pp. 247-250). euspen.