A power spectrum analysis of surface generation in ultraprecision machining of Al/SiC metal matrix composites

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Metal matrix composites (MMCs) are well known to be difficult-to-machine materials in ultraprecision machining. To have a better insight into the physical mechanisms involved in the cutting process, a power spectrum analysis is proposed to study the surface generation in ultraprecision machining of aluminium-silicon carbide MMCs. The results indicate that the power spectrum of a surface roughness profile is correlated well to different process parameters and mechanisms of surface generation. The findings help to formulate the optimum cutting strategy for machining the MMCs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-942
Number of pages14
JournalMaterials and Manufacturing Processes
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2003


  • Cracks
  • Cut through
  • Interference of tool
  • Material swelling
  • Metal matrix composites (MMCs)
  • Optimization
  • Pits
  • Power spectrum analysis
  • Pulled out
  • Quality
  • Reinforcement
  • Single-point diamond turning
  • Surface generation
  • Ultraprecision machining
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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