Recent publications on research, applications and methods

PAPER: The surface area and localised 3D roughness of a highly structured surface using X-Ray Computed tomography (XCT)

23rd July 2020

The characterisation of a highly structured surface is explored. The surface investigated has both high aspect ratio and hidden features. A regular AgNi (80/20) electrical contact has been structured using a scanning electron-beam, with the objective of wear reduction during arcing events. An X-Ray Computed tomography system (XCT) is used to provide data of the whole surface and the data then referenced against a standard calibrated high gauge confocal optical surface metrology system using standard surface metrology software. To allow the surface analysis of the XCT data, the workflow and associated data processing steps are described. The results show that the XCT method provides surface data on the whole surface area including the hidden features, but that the data resolution and associated uncertainty, limits the accuracy of the roughness evaluation. The full surface area is determined using a combination of optical and XCT data.


23rd July 2020

XYRIS 3D Non-Contact Profilers use a chromatic light-based technology to measure any material surface: transparent, opaque, specular, diffusive, polished or rough. Unlike a touch probe technique, the non-contact technique can measure inside tight areas and will not add any intrinsic errors due to deformation caused by the tip pressing on a softer plastic material. Chromatic light-based technology also offers superior lateral and height accuracies compared to focus variation technology. XYRIS Profilers can scan large surfaces directly without stitching and profile the length of a part in a few seconds. Nano through macro range surface features and high surface angles can be measured due to the profiler’s ability to measure surfaces without any complex algorithms manipulating the results. This report provides users with an understanding of the technology and the data format. The information is essential to all users of XYRIS instruments and the accompanying software analysis package BEX®

PAPER: The application of ultra-high speed (1MHz) imaging in the verification of a computational model of arc motion
J.W. McBride, K.J. Cross & D. Shin

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22 February 2022

This paper focuses on the verification of computational modelling of arc motion under short circuit conditions in low voltage circuit breakers using controlled experimental conditions, where an arc imaging system (AIS) is used to provide quantitative information on arc motion. It is shown that the motion of an arc root on a metallic surface, is linked to the arc voltage and that the computational model provides a representation of the overall arc movement, but is unable to predict high frequency events (1 MHz) associated with the arc entry into splitter plates and re-strikes within the arc chamber. To enable a prediction of arc voltage prior to extinction, referred to as the arc exit voltage, a modification to the arc model is shown and discussed with reference to the observed information from the AIS.