Micro-structural changes of Zn-Al alloy influencing micro-topographical surface in micro-cutting

S. J. Zhang, Suet To, Chi Fai Cheung, Y. H. Zhu

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This study investigates the effects of micro-structural changes of Zn-Al alloy induced by ultra-precision diamond turning under various depth of cut on surface topography, using the X-ray diffraction technique, back-scan electron microscopy, and surface measurement instrument. It is found that as micro-structural changes of the machined surfaces occurred, depth of cut promotes the micro-structural changes that simultaneously ensue and enhance uncertainty and fluctuation of surface topography relating to material swelling, recovery and pile-up, and surface roughness. The surface material property changes significantly contribute to surface micro-topography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Micro-cutting
  • Micro-structural change
  • Surface micro-topography
  • Ultra-precision machining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering

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