Title: Estimation of the smooth zone maximal depth at surfaces created by Abrasive Waterjet

Authors: Sergej Hloch, Jan Valicek, Vladimir Simkulet

Addresses: Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies of Technical University of Kosice with a seat in Presov, Bayerova 1, 080 01 Presov, Slovak Republic. ' Mining and Geological Faculty, Institute of Physics, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, 708 33, Czech Republic. ' Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies of Technical University of Kosice with a seat in Presov, Bayerova 1, 080 01 Presov, Slovak Republic

Abstract: The paper proposes a new method for the estimation of the maximal depth of the smooth zone at surfaces created by an Abrasive Waterjet (AWJ). The new estimation is based on experimental analysis and the experimental study of stainless steel surface irregularities created by an AWJ. Surface profile parameter Ra has been obtained by means of an optical commercial profilometer MicroProf (FRT). The main emphasis is on the analysis of results for defining the process of creation of a new surface generated by the stream of an AWJ.

Keywords: AWJ cutting; abrasive waterjet machining; shadow method; parameters; cutting mechanism; smooth zone; maximal depth; stainless steel surfaces; surface roughness; surface profile.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSURFSE.2009.027420

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering, 2009 Vol.3 No.4, pp.347 - 359

Published online: 22 Jul 2009 *

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