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Published in: Journal of Coatings Technology and Research 5/2020

04-06-2020

BRDF characterization of Al-coated thermoplastic polymer surfaces

Authors: Tommaso Fontanot, Jan Audenaert, Peter Hanselaer, Ilaria Pecorari, Vanni Lughi, Erik Vesselli, Sara Paroni, Frédéric B. Leloup

Published in: Journal of Coatings Technology and Research | Issue 5/2020

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a combined morphological and optical characterization of aluminum-coated thermoplastic polymer surfaces. Flat plastic substrates, obtained by means of an injection molding process starting from plastic granules, were coated with ultra-thin aluminum films evaporated in vacuo, on top of which a silicon-based protective layer was plasma deposited in order to prevent oxidation of the metal reflective surface. Different sample treatments were studied to unravel the influence of substrate chemistry, substrate thickness, aluminum and protective layer thickness, and surface roughness on the actual optical reflectance properties. Bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurements, corroborated by surface morphological information obtained by means of atomic force microscopy, correlate reflectance characteristics with the root-mean-square surface roughness, providing evidence for the role of the substrate and the thin films’ morphology. The results unravel information of interest within many applicative fields involving metal coating processes of plastic substrates as an example in the case of automotive lighting.

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Metadata
Title
BRDF characterization of Al-coated thermoplastic polymer surfaces
Authors
Tommaso Fontanot
Jan Audenaert
Peter Hanselaer
Ilaria Pecorari
Vanni Lughi
Erik Vesselli
Sara Paroni
Frédéric B. Leloup
Publication date
04-06-2020
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of Coatings Technology and Research / Issue 5/2020
Print ISSN: 1547-0091
Electronic ISSN: 1935-3804
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11998-020-00361-0

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