An atomic force microscopy study of weathering of polyester/melamine paint surfaces

Biggs, Simon, Lukey, Christopher A., Spinks, Geoffrey M. and Yau, Siu-Tung (2001) An atomic force microscopy study of weathering of polyester/melamine paint surfaces. Progress in Organic Coatings, 42 1-2: 49-58. doi:10.1016/S0300-9440(01)00147-3

Author Biggs, Simon
Lukey, Christopher A.
Spinks, Geoffrey M.
Yau, Siu-Tung
Title An atomic force microscopy study of weathering of polyester/melamine paint surfaces
Journal name Progress in Organic Coatings   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-9440
Publication date 2001-06
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0300-9440(01)00147-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 1-2
Start page 49
End page 58
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Abstract The use of an atomic force microscope (AFM) for rapid assessment of the durability of exterior polyester/melamine paints has been investigated. The study established an AFM imaging technique that produces data representative of weathering rates of paint films under a range of weathering regimes of varying severity. The effect of scan size on the average roughness parameter was investigated, leading to the adoption of two specified scan sizes. It was further found that both TappingMode™ and contact mode imaging gave equivalent detail of surface topography for these samples. However, TappingMode™ gave a clearer representation of the pigment/binder composite structure. Importantly, a technique was developed which reduces sample to sample variability by allowing a specified area to be repeatedly imaged as a function of weathering time. The images collected were found to show important detail regarding the mechanism of weathering, and the role of binder stability and pigment loss.
Keyword Atomic force microscopy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Engineering Publications
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