The irregularity profiles of steel samples after vapour blasting were measured. A correlation analysis of profile parameters was then carried out. As the result, the following parameters were selected: Pq, Pt, PDq, Pp/Pt and Pku. Surface profiles after vapour blasting were modeled. The modeled surfaces were correctly matched to measured surfaces in 78% of all analyzed cases. The vapour blasting experiment was then carried out using an orthogonal selective research plan. The distance between the nozzle and sample d and the pressure of feed system p were input parameters; selected surface texture coefficients were output parameters. As the result of the experiment, regression equations connecting vapour blasting process parameters p and d with selected profile parameters were obtained. Finally, 2D profiles of steel samples were forecasted for various values of vapour blasting parameters. Proper matching accuracy of modeled to measured profiles was assured in 75% of analyzed cases.
The results of surface texture measurements obtained with the stylus equipment, white light interferometer and confocal profilometer of the same samples were compared. Machined isotropic and anisotropic surfaces, of symmetric and asymmetric ordinate distribution were measured. Forms were removed using polynomials. Sampling intervals and measuring areas during computations of parameters were the same. Discrepancies between the results obtained with various methods were observed and discussed. It was found that errors of surface texture measurement with the optical methods depend on the type of surface topography.