Effects of cutting depth on the surface microstructure of a Zn-Al alloy during ultra-precision machining

Suet To, Y. H. Zhu, Wing Bun Lee

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The microstructural changes and phase decomposition at the surface of an ultra-precision machined Zn-Al based alloy were studied using optical microscopy, back-scattered electron microscopy, electron back-scattered diffraction and X-ray diffraction techniques. It was found that with increasing DoC the phase decomposition was accelerated and further increasing DoC might cause a microstructural recovery on the surface of the UPM specimen. UPM induced phase decomposition was discussed in relation to the structural evolution of the chips.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1559-1564
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2008


  • Microstructure
  • Phase decomposition
  • Ultra-precision machining
  • Zn-Al alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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