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International Journal of Nanomanufacturing
International Journal of Nanomanufacturing


Special issue on: "Process Control for Mechanical Micromachining Processes"

Guest Editors: Dr. Chengying Xu, University of Central Florida, USA
Prof. Mark J. Jackson, Purdue University, USA.

In current biomedical, electronics and aerospace industries, as the dimensions of miniature component devices are continuously scaling down with stringent nanoprecision requirements and complex 3D features, various microfabrication methods have been developed for different applications. Compared to other existing miniature fabrication technologies, the mechanical micromachining process is one of the most appealing methods due to its non-dependence on workpiece materials and geometry, energy and space saving, fast productivity and surface quality. However, the process itself is not well understood at this current stage and there is a lack of research and study. Many uncertainties intrinsically exist in the process that complicate the operation and affect the final products’ quality.

Therefore, the goal of this special issue is to publish the current state-of-the-art control methods in micromachining processes and provide a forum for developing the future directions for different machine setups in order to achieve better products with higher manufacturing productivity.

Subject Coverage
The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to, topics that address:
  • Accurate position control to improve the final products geometry accuracy and surface quality
  • Various process control techniques to fulfill various parameter goals, such as force, power, temperature, surface roughness
  • Process optimisation methods to improve the productivity and reduce the cost
  • Embedded sensor and actuator systems
  • Autonomous health monitoring and diagnostic techniques
  • Control of micromachining processes for non-homogeneous materials, such as composite materials, human bones
  • Control of micromachining processes for soft materials, such as human tissues
Research that spans several fields is particularly welcome.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 April 2009

Communication of peer reviews to authors: 31 July 2009

Deadline for revised manuscripts: 31 October 2009