Title: Modelling of the polishing process of AISI 316L with structured abrasive belts

Authors: François Goossens; Mehdi Chérif; Olivier Cahuc

Addresses: Univ. Bordeaux, I2M UMR 5295, 351, cours de la Libération, F-33400 Talence, France ' Univ. Bordeaux, I2M UMR 5295, 351, cours de la Libération, F-33400 Talence, France ' Univ. Bordeaux, I2M UMR 5295, 351, cours de la Libération, F-33400 Talence, France

Abstract: The aim of this study is to characterise the polishing of 316L stainless steel with structured abrasive belts based on their geometric features. An experimental test bench was set up to validate a model of the polishing process with abrasive grades. The polishing process was characterised in terms of forces and resulting surface characteristics (roughness and wettability). The existence of a minimum pressure level for the abrasive process is highlighted. Using experimental designs, we are able to validate the proposed model and to identify the parameters which come into play during a polishing operation.

Keywords: polishing; modelling; structured abrasive belts; surface roughness; material removal rate; MRR; wettability; stainless steel; geometric features; surface quality; experimental design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMMM.2015.073153

International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials, 2015 Vol.17 No.5, pp.434 - 453

Available online: 20 Nov 2015 *

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