Functional tolerancing of surface texture - A review of existing methods
Paper in proceedings, 2020

Surface texture parameters can provide a link between texture, its processing and function. Recent surveys and industrial experience have shown that the ISO 25178 areal surface texture parameters have not received the level of traction in industry that was predicted when introduced despite the fact that the areal parameters were predicted to have more functionally relevant characterisations than the ISO 4287 profile parameters. The objective of the paper is to enable more functionally relevant specifications of surface texture to be taken up by industry and the scientific community by increasing the knowledge of the ISO 25178 texture and novel feature parameters, and their potential use, as well as knowledge about methods for establishing functionally relevant surface texture specifications. In the paper, existing methods for functional tolerancing of surface texture are reviewed and discussed, examples of applications are given and a direction for continued research is presented.

Functional Tolerancing

Surface texture


Johan C Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Rikard Söderberg

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

Kristina Wärmefjord

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Richard Leach

University of Nottingham

Edward Morse

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (ISSN)

Vol. 92 230-235

16th CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing, CIRP CAT 2020
Charlotte, USA,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified




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