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Characterization of Fluid Film Produced by an Atomization-Based Cutting Fluid Spray System During Machining

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Alexander C. Hoyne

e-mail: ahoyne2@gmail.com

Chandra Nath

Post Doctorate Research Associate
e-mail: nathc2@asme.org

Shiv G. Kapoor

e-mail: sgkapoor@illinois.edu
Department of Mechanical
Science and Engineering,
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign,
1206 W. Green St.,
Urbana, IL 61801
e-mail: sgkapoor@illinois.edu

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received January 17, 2013; final manuscript received June 26, 2013; published online September 11, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Burak Ozdoganlar.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 135(5), 051006 (Sep 11, 2013) (8 pages) Paper No: MANU-13-1021; doi: 10.1115/1.4025012 History: Received January 17, 2013; Revised June 26, 2013

The atomization-based cutting fluid (ACF) spray system has recently been proposed as a cooling and lubrication solution for machining hard to machine materials (e.g., titanium alloys). On the tool rake face, the ACF spray system forms a thin film from cutting fluid that penetrates into the tool–chip interface to improve tool life. The objective of this work is to characterize this thin fluid film in terms of thickness and velocity for a set of ACF spray parameters. ACF spray experiments are performed by varying impingement angle to observe the nature of the spreading film and to determine the film thickness at different locations after impingement of the droplets. It is observed that the film spreads radially outward producing three fluid film development zones (i.e., impingement, steady, and unsteady). The steady zone is found to be between 3 and 7 mm from the focus (impingement point) of the ACF spray for the set of parameters investigated. An analytical 3D thin fluid film model for the ACF spray system has also been developed based on the Navier–Stokes equations for mass and momentum. The model requires a unique treatment of the cross-film velocity profile, droplet impingement, and pressure distributions, as well as a strong gas–liquid shear interaction. The thickness profiles predicted by the analytical film model have been validated. Moreover, the model predictions of film velocity and chip flow characteristics during a titanium turning experiment reveal that the fluid film can easily penetrate into the entire tool–chip interface with the use of the ACF spray system.

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Fig. 1

Schematic representation of the ACF spray system

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Fig. 2

ACF spray and DIP/POD dimensions

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Fig. 3

Experimental setup for fluid film measurement

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Fig. 4

Top view of spreading film (φ = 35 deg)

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Fig. 5

Side view of spreading film (φ = 35 deg)

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Fig. 6

(a) Fluid film described with mesh and coordinates and (b) an arbitrary fluid cell

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Fig. 7

Droplet distribution due to ACF spray

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Fig. 8

Illustration of film velocity profile

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Fig. 9

Experimental and predicted film thickness values over POD and DIP for: (a) φ = 20 deg, and (b) φ = 35 deg

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Fig. 10

Chip lifting-falling cycle during titanium machining: (a) chip lifting allows thin film to penetrate, (b) chip falling causes fluid excretion from the interface

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Fig. 11

Fluid film velocity at 9.6 ms for φ = 35 deg




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