Title: Development of a circular-type integrated electrode tool for ER fluid-assisted polishing

Authors: Lei Zhang; Ying Zhang; Xin-sheng He; He-ran Yang

Addresses: College of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus, Jilin University, Changchun, 130025, China. ' College of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus, Jilin University, Changchun, 130025, China. ' College of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus, Jilin University, Changchun, 130025, China. ' College of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Nanling Campus, Jilin University, Changchun, 130025, China

Abstract: This paper develops a newly-designed circular-type integrated electrode tool to make the abrasive particles in the electrorheological (ER) fluid concentrate around the tool end when the electric field is applied and it is suitable to polish not only the conductive material but also the non-conductive material in ER fluid-assisted polishing. The electric field of the integrated electrode tool is analysed. The polishing experiments for curved surfaces of tungsten carbide and optical glass with the developed integrated electrode tool are conducted to confirm the validity and suitability of the tool and to reveal the influence of the process parameters on the workpiece surface roughness.

Keywords: electrorheological fluids; fluid assisted polishing; integrated electrode tools; abrasive particles; curved surfaces; tungsten carbide; optical glass; process parameters; surface roughness; surface quality.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNM.2011.042477

International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 2011 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.361 - 370

Received: 12 Nov 2010
Accepted: 15 Apr 2011

Published online: 14 Sep 2011 *

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