Forces and specific energy in superfinishing of hardened steel

S. H. Chang, S. Balasubramhanya, S. Chandrasekar, T. N. Farris, F. Hashimoto

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A piezoelectric force transducer has been adapted and used to measure the forces acting on the abrasive stone during superfinishing of hardened steels. The sensor has a sufficiently high natural frequency and resolution to measure both the average and oscillatory forces to within 10 milli-Newton. By combining measurements of forces and material removal rates, specific energy and force ratio have been estimated. Several characteristics of the superfmishing process are shown to be well reflected in the force signature, and these are highlighted and explained in fundamental terms. The force transducer is shown to offer many possibilities for studying the mechanics of superfmishing in considerable detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-X55
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Force measurement
  • Hardened steel
  • Superfinishing


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