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D4417 Standard Test Methods for Field Measurement of Surface Profile of Blast Cleaned Steel

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Revision Date: December 05, 2011
Updated On: January 16, 2012
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The height of surface profile has been shown to be a factor in the performance of various coatings applied to steel. For this reason, surface profile should be measured prior to coating application to ensure that it meets that specified. The instruments described are readily portable and sufficiently sturdy for use in the field.

Note 1—Optical microscope methods serve as a referee method for surface profile measurement. Profile depth designations are based on the concept of mean maximum profile ( h max); this value is determined by averaging a given number (usually 20) of the highest peak to lowest valley measurements made in the field of view of a standard measuring microscope. This is done because of evidence that coatings performance in any one small area is primarily influenced by the highest surface features in that area and not by the average roughness.

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