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Surface Roughness Parameters

Maximum height of profile (Rz, Pz, Wz)

The maximum height of the profile indicates the absolute vertical distance between the maximum profile peak height and the maximum profile valley depth along the sampling length.

When dealing with roughness profile, Rz is referred to as the maximum roughness, while Wz is referred to as the maximum waviness when dealing with waviness profile.

Surface Roughness Parameters

This section explains the main parameters of ISO 4287:1997. Each parameter is classified according to primary profile (P), roughness profile (R), and waviness profile (W) in order to evaluate different aspects of the profile. (When the wavelengths of the waviness and primary profile components are compared, the surface roughness component is the asperity component of that which has the comparatively shorter wavelength.)

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Peaks and valleys in the height direction Arithmetical mean height (Ra, Pa, Wa)
Maximum height of profile (Rz, Pz, Wz)
Maximum profile peak height (Rp, Pp, Wp)
Maximum profile valley depth (Rv, Pv, Wv)
Mean height of profile elements (Rc, Pc, Wc)
Total height of profile (Rt, Pt, Wt)
Average amplitude in the height direction Root mean square deviation (Rq, Pq, Wq)
Average characteristics in the height direction Skewness (Rsk, Psk, Wsk)
Kurtosis (Rku, Pku, Wku)
Horizontal direction Mean width of the profile elements (RSm, PSm, WSm)
Hybrid Root mean square slope (RΔq, PΔq, WΔq)
Areal material ratio curve and probability density function Load length ratio (Rmr (c), Pmr (c), Wmr (c))
Profile cut level difference (Rδc, Pδc, Wδc)
Relative load length ratio (Rmr, Pmr, Wmr)
Material ratio curve (BAC)
Probability density function (ADF)

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