Analytical modeling of surface roughness in precision grinding of particle reinforced metal matrix composites considering nanomechanical response of material

Zhenzhong Zhang, Peng Yao, Jun Wang, Chuanzhen Huang, Rui Cai, Hongtao Zhu

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Grinding is usually applied for particle reinforced metal matrix composites (PRMMCs) to achieve high ground surface quality. However, the surface quality especially surface roughness is difficult to predict theoretically due to different mechanical properties of two or more phases inside the PRMMCs. In this study, an analytical model of the surface roughness of ground PRMMCs is developed based on an undeformed chip thickness model with Rayleigh probability distribution by considering the different removal mechanism of metal matrix and reinforcement particles in grinding. GT35, a typical kind of steel based metal matrix composite reinforced with TiC particles is investigated as an example. Nanoindentation experiments are employed for the investigation of nanomechanical properties and cracking behavior of GT35 and the nanoindentation results are integrated in the model. Single factor surface grinding experiments of GT35 are also carried out to understand the material removal mechanism of GT35 and validate this novel surface roughness prediction model. The predicted surface roughness from this model shows good agreement with the experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Early online date23 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, [157-158], (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2019.04.047

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  • Nanoindentation
  • Precision grinding
  • PRMMCs
  • Surface roughness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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