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on 26 November 2013
The need for areal surface topography measurement and analysis has increased in the recent times due to the use of complex surfaces in advanced manufacturing. There is also increasing interest in the use of structured surfaces, where a deterministic pattern is applied to the surface to significantly affect the way it interacts with its environment or with another surface. In this way optical, tribological, biological, fluidic and many other properties can be altered. This book presents all the techniques that can be applied to characterise the data from an areal surface topography measurement. There has been a lot of activity in the ISO committees and the areal (25178) standards are starting to be published. These include field and feature parameters, all of which are presented in the book. Fractal methods, filtering and ways to choose between the myriad of parameters are also discussed. But the beauty of the book is not in the way the mathematics of the parameters are presented, but in the case studies. It is through case studies that industry will learn the benefits of the areal characterisation. A very useful book for anyone involved in surface measurement, manufacturing or quality control.
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on 29 April 2013
This book is an excellent overview of a range of different aspects of the analysis of areal surfaces, written by a collection of experts in the field. It goes into the details of a number of areas including field parameters, filtering, fractal methods and feature analysis and parameters. Case studies are then provided which clearly how these techniques are used in practise.

Overall this is an excellent book which should be useful for both the beginner and expert metrologist.
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on 21 December 2013
This is an important book, now that the advanced manufacturing industry is embracing the use of structured surfaces to profoundly affect the functionality and efficiency of engineering surfaces. Prof. Leach is a well-known researcher and leader in the field of surface topography measurement and characterisation and, hence, is well-placed to edit this book. The book begins with an introduction, then has dedicated chapters for the field and feature parameters (authored by the leading software developer in the field). Later chapters cover fractal analysis, filtering, form removal, and a range of novel techniques to characterise highly ordered surface patterns (and even individual features). But, all this mathematics would not be so useful without the case studies presented in the later chapters. Examples of areal analysis are given for automobile parts, photovoltaics and road surfaces. All the latest International Standards (ISO) are covered in detail. This is an excellent book for those learning about the techniques and those using the techniques on the shop floor. Highly recommended.
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on 16 November 2014
Richard Leach has a real talent for writing highly technical books in this field that have a shining clarity, are comprehensive and vital guides and reference works for all students and practitioners in the subject area. In this book on areal surface topography measurement he has done it again. Every university and research library should have a copy.
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