Predicting function from surface topography measurement
Modern manufacturing industry is now using a large range of surface structuring techniques to affect the function of component parts. To a large extent, the use of deterministic patterning to control function is duplicating the way that surfaces have evolved in the natural world. For example, the riblet micro-structures on a shark's skin allows it to glide more easily through water and the complex, multi-scale surface structures on the skin of a snake allow it to have unique tribological and thermal properties. Examples include the following:
- Surface structuring to encourage the binding of biological implants, for example to promote bone integration and healing or cell adhesion
- Micro-optical arrays for displays, lightings, safety signage, backlighters and photo-voltaics
- Nanostructured surfaces that affect plasmonic interactions for anti-reflection coatings, waveguides and colour control - recent researchers have attempted to mimic the multi-scale surfaces found in, for example, moths' eyes
- Surfaces of microfluidic channels for flow control, mixing, lab-on-a-chip and biological filtering
- Deterministic patterning to control tribological characteristics such as friction, rheology and wear, for example laser texturing of automotive components.
The meeting will present some of the latest advances in the measurement, characterisation and use of structured surfaces. The meeting will also include a UK launch of the new NPL areal calibration artefacts.
Who should attend
- Advanced manufacturers - especially involved in engineering, and component and product manufacturer
- Scientific, research and academia involved in surface technologies
- Instrument and scientific (measurement) equipment manufacturers and designers
£50 + VAT for delegates | £380 for exhibitors
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