Why is the rolling direction important for my oil layer thickness measurement?
All rolling processes produce anisotropic structures in the material as shown on the
However, in the infrared-optical measurement of lubricant deposits on rolled metal surfaces (sheets),
only the structures of the surface are of interest.
These are most pronounced with aluminum immediately after it has been rolled down
(mill finish), but also with aluminum EDT, post-structured hot-dip zinc as well as all other surfaces.
The measuring light of all Infralytic NG sensors always falls on the surface at an angle
and gets scattered (diffuse) in all directions there, so it makes a big one difference between
whether the measuring light shines across the rolling direction on the ‘mountain flanks’
or parallel to the rolling direction ‘into the valleys’.
Since it has been shown that a measurement “transverse” to the rolling direction is better
and provides more stable results, all calibrations are based on anisotropic
surfaces made with the measuring light perpendicular to the rolling direction.
The plane in which the measuring light lies is also “indicated” by the handle,
i.e. the handle must be at right angles to the direction of rolling. Figuratively speaking,
the handle is the axis of the coil, the material runs under it handle through.
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