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Complex Measurement Data Analysis in Precision Engineering

Unit 5.10


This unit supports Division 5 in modeling and analyses of measurement data.

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Simulation of Electron Scattering Processes

Electron scatter processes in solids are currently simulated to describe signals of scanning electron microscopy. Synthetically generated electron microscopic images support the quantitative analyses and the estimation of uncertainties in nano particle size. The transmission of electrons through carbon has been simulated for the EMPIR project Black Carbon and for EMPIR project nPSize, the transmission of electrons through gold and titanium oxide has been determined. Titanium oxide does not belong to the materials with inelastic scatter cross sections being generally available. At PTB, an empiric approximation of the double differential cross sections has been carried out, as well for polystyrene. An important application is the calibration of aerosole particle measuring instruments using polystyrene spheres as reference particles. Their sizes are calibrated using electron microscopy. The determination of polystyrene particle sizes is based on Monte Carlo simulations using cross sections accordingly. The results has been verified by comparisons with data of international comparisons.

Determination of Functional Features of Surfaces

Measurement methods and data processing procedures to determine surface features (shape, waviness, roughness) relevant for the function of machine parts are under development. A gearing roughness standard is also being developed within a cooperation between industry partners, a measurement instrument manufacturer and a manufacturer of gears, as well as departments 5.3 Coordinate Metrology, 5.5 Manufacturing Technology and 5.1 Surface metrology. This is a test artefact representing a gear with differently textured teeth, each tooth representing a roughness standard. Unit 5.10 supports this project by contributing evaluation methods for filtration and determination of roughness parameters.

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Development and Implementations for Calibration Tasks


  • The implementation of the analysis methods of standards on filtration and on the determination of roughness parameters being developed in ISO/TC 213 continuously accompanies the standardization work. The roughness profile analysis software RPTB (https://www.ptb.de/rptb) used in PTB working group 5.15 for routine calibration services and also available online is maintained and continued. The new filtration methods and furthermore a new, unambiguous method to determine the parameters Rsm and Rc has been updated in accordance with the newly published standard ISO 21920-2. Furthermore, the implementation of profile element based parameters such as Rz, Rp, Rv has been renewed. A series of parameters being newly specified within ISO 21920-2, such as the autocorrelation length Ral, have been added. The RPTB implementation of all parameters has been validated by a comparison with four independent implementations of partners.
  • Automation of calibration processes:  Development of software integrating the analysis of measurement data, determination of measurement uncertainties til finally producing calibration certificates without the necessity to transfer any data by hand.
  • To analyse areal topography data, in particular those of PTB working group 5.14, implementations of filtration algorithms as well as algorithms to determine parameters specified in ISO 25178-2 and to evaluate power spectral densities have been carried out. Further steps are necessary to improve documentation of the functions and facilitate the use of the routines for many users.

Lectures at TU Braunschweig

Dorothee Hüser and Gerd Ehret, Head of Department 4.2 Imaging and Wave Optics and Head of Working Group 4.22 Flatness Metrology, give lectures on Messdatenauswertung und Messunsicherheit (Data Analysis and Measurement Uncertainty) in German. This is within the scope of Metrologieinitiative Braunschweig at the Institut für Produktionsmesstechnik of the Technical University.

The lecture notes, set with LaTeX, are being developed continously and are available as open source project on the public repository github. This delivers an opportunity to the students and other interested readers to contribute to the manuscript, to improve its content, and to optimize the didactics of the presentation of the contents.

Also an excursion to PTB is offered guided by Rolf Kumme, Head of Department 1.2 Solid Mechanics. Wolfgang Schmid, Section 9.11 Industrial Metrology, is supporting the lectures by presenting some close to practical application examples and approaches.

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