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11 November 1999 Fun facts about pitch and the pitfalls of ignorance
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The various properties of polishing pitches have different advantages and are selected according to the type of work intended. It is important to check pitch properties before a pitch lap is poured; to ensure that the final polishing lap properties will be as desired. A simple penetrometer test is utilized as a quality control tool for measuring the hardness (viscosity) of various types of pitch as received from the manufacturer. Only a small sample, 20 grams, is needed for this test. Another simple method for determining pitch quality is the measurement of the softening point. A description of this method and typical results will be described. Lastly, the 'tackiness' of pitch and its importance will be discussed.
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Birgit E. Gillman and Flemming Tinker "Fun facts about pitch and the pitfalls of ignorance", Proc. SPIE 3782, Optical Manufacturing and Testing III, (11 November 1999);

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