Investigation of polymer and polymer/fibre composite materials with optical coherence tomography

David Stifter, Erwin Stefan Schlotthauer, Karin Wiesauer, Johann Kastner, Martin Wurm

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Optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technique originally proposed for applications in the field of biomedical diagnostics, is shown to be an efficient measurement technique for a multitude of problems posed in technical engineering and material research. Especially advanced OCT modifications, involving ultrahigh-resolution (UHR) imaging and fast Fourier-domain (FD) techniques, show promising potential, as successfully demonstrated in this paper by a variety of applications from the field of polymer materials. Thin polymer films and multilayer structures as well as polymer blends and fibre-reinforced polymer composites are successfully evaluated by means of UHR-OCT and FD-OCT performed at different wavelengths. In addition, comparative measurements have been performed with confocal microscopy and synchrotron computed tomography to show the potential and advantages of the OCT measurement technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number074011
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008


  • Contactless material characterization
  • Fibre-reinforced polymer composites
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Polymers


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