Microstructural and surface texture analysis due to machining in Super Austenitic Stainless Steel
Alabdullah, Mohanad, Polishetty, A. and Littlefair, G. 2016, Microstructural and surface texture analysis due to machining in Super Austenitic Stainless Steel, Journal of metallurgy, vol. 2016, Article number : 3685312, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1155/2016/3685312.
Inferior surface quality is a significant problem faced by machinist. The purpose of this study is to present a surface texture analysis undertaken as part of machinability assessment of Super Austenitic Stainless Steel alloy-AL6XN. The surface texture analysis includes measuring the surface roughness and investigating the microstructural behaviour of the machined surfaces. Eight milling trials were conducted using combination of cutting parameters under wet machining. An optical profilometer (non-contact), was used to evaluate the surface texture at three positions. The surface texture was represented using the parameter, average surface roughness. Scanning Electron Microscope was utilised to inspect the machined surface microstructure and co relate with the surface roughness results. Results showed that maximum roughness values recorded at the three positions in the longitudinal direction (perpendicular to the machining grooves) were 1.21 μm (trial 1), 1.63 μm (trial 6) and 1.68 μm (trial 7) respectively whereas the roughness values were greatly reduced in the lateral direction. Also, results showed that the feed rate parameter significantly influences the roughness values compared to the other cutting parameters. The microstructure of the machined surfaces was distorted by the existence of cracks, deformed edges and bands and wear deposition due to machining process.
Field of Research
091004 Machining 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl Textiles)
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