Automated Film Thickness
An automated dry film thickness measurement station has been developed by NDSU to measure the thickness of coatings deposited onto our array panels. The system is outfitted with a Fischerscope MMSTM system with measurement probes for both aluminum and steel substrates. The thickness data is automatically up loaded to a central database and is accessible through a web portal. This system is valuable in the long-term study of self-polishing ablative coatings since the same measurement points can be consistently read from day to day and month to month.