Elrawemi, Mohamed, Blunt, Liam, Fleming, Leigh and Sweeney, Francis (2013) Further Development of Surface Metrology Methods for Predicting the Functional Performance of Flexible PV Barrier Films. Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, 1 (1). 015006. ISSN 2051-672X

Surface topography analysis plays a very significant role in determining the functional performance for many engineering surfaces. In this paper, feature characterisation techniques, based on the ‘Wolf pruning’ method are implemented to characterise micro and nano-scale features which have a dominant effect on the functional lifespan of flexible Photovoltaic (PV) modules. The densities and dimensions of the potential significant features are calculated by means of the feature “characterisation toolbox”. The outcome of this study has shown the potential of areal feature segmentation for detecting functionally significant defects present in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) barrier coatings of Al2O3 on polymer films. The analysis provides the basis for the development in process metrology for Roll-to-Roll (R2R) production of barrier coatings as applied to flexible PV arrays and is a first step in the demonstration of in-process use of feature parameters.


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