Title: Performance of abrasives used in magnetically assisted finishing: a state of the art review

Authors: Lakhvir Singh, Sehijpal Singh Khangura, P.S. Mishra

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), 141006, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana (Punjab), 140407, India ' Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, IIT, Roorkee (Uttarakhand), 247667, India

Abstract: Modern aerospace and electronic industries make frequent use of the difficult to machine materials. The micro machining of these materials with conventional edged tool is uneconomical with poor quality of the surface. A relatively new micromachining technology based on magnetic assistance has been used in the recent past to produce quality surface finish on these materials. The magnetic abrasives play an essential role of cutting tools in these processes. However, the magnetic abrasives are not easily available as these are produced by special techniques. This paper highlights major existing technologies that are used to manufacture magnetic abrasives. Main performance characteristics of magnetic abrasives have also been reviewed as regards to micromachining of various surfaces.

Keywords: magnetic abrasive finishing; magnetic abrasives; sintering; adhesives; plasma spraying; material removal rate; MRR; surface finish; abrasives performance; micromachining; surface quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAT.2010.034052

International Journal of Abrasive Technology, 2010 Vol.3 No.3, pp.215 - 227

Received: 20 Jan 2010
Accepted: 17 Feb 2010

Published online: 06 Jul 2010 *

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