The purpose of surface preparation is to develop a chemically clean surface having a roughness appropriate to the gage installation requirements, a surface alkalinity corresponding to a pH of 7 or higher, and visible gage layout lines for locating and orienting the strain gage. It is toward this purpose that the operations described here are directed. As noted earlier, cleanliness is vital throughout the surface preparation process. It is also important to guard against recontamination of a once-cleaned surface.

Following are several examples of surface recontamination to be avoided:

a. Touching the cleaned surface with the fingers.

b. Wiping back and forth with a gauze sponge, or reusing a once-used surface of the sponge (or of a cotton swab).

c. Dragging contaminants into the cleaned area from the uncleaned boundary of that area.

d. Allowing a cleaning solution to evaporate on the surface.

e. Allowing a cleaned surface to sit for more than a few minutes before gage installation, or allowing a partially prepared surface to sit between steps in the cleaning procedure. If either the Conditioner A or Neutralizer 5A are not wiped away using a single wiping motion with a clean dry gauze sponge, the contaminates put into solution will be redeposited to the surface of the part.

Surface Cleaning Supplies: http://www.vishaypg.com/docs/11008/surface-cleaning.pdf

Silicone Hazards: https://www.strainblog.com/tips/silicone-hazards

Silicone Contamination - How to prevent: https://www.strainblog.com/audio/silicone-contamination-how-prevent

Removing Contaminants Prior to Strain Gage Bonding: https://www.strainblog.com/content/removing-contaminants-prior-strain-gage-bonding

Strain Gage Installation Checklist: https://www.strainblog.com/search/node/checklist


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