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MICROSCOPIC INTERACTIONS IN SURFACE GENERATION PROCESSES USING ABRASIVE TOOLS.

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K. Subbu Subramanian

Fellow, ASME, President, STIMS Institute Inc., Lexington, MA, USA
subbukdg@gmail.com

Ramesh Babu

Member, ASME, V Balaraman Institute Chair Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
nrbabu@iitm.ac.in

Anant Jain

Assistant Manager, Micromatic Grinding Technologies Ltd., Bangalore, Karnataka, India
anant.jain@micromaticgrinding.com

Rajagopal Vairamuthu

Research Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
r.vairamuthubds@gmail.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038138 History: Received March 31, 2017; Revised October 03, 2017

Abstract

Abrasive finishing is one among the many family of surface generation processes, of which grinding process is a sub-set. In a typical grinding process, six different interactions can be identified at the grinding zone resulting in surface generation. Of these six interactions one is governed by the principles of machining, while the other five are governed by the principles of tribology. Thorough analysis of these interactions helps to characterize and understand the role of both tribological mechanisms and machining interactions in a typical grinding process. Analysis and study of such microscopic interactions and their time dependent variations also provide an ability to develop a common scientific frame work that can be applied for a wide variety of grinding processes and applications. Such frame work and associated system thinking enables engineers to be capable of addressing the needs to support a wide variety of industries and end user needs at a time of hyper specialization and narrow boundaries that constrain the professionals.

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