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Wear patterns

  1. Nov 18, 2009 #1
    I'm trying to study wear patterns of tools in a manufacturing process. My plan of attack is the following:
    1) pre-image the tool in the SEM
    2) use the tool to machine a superabrasive material
    3) remove the excess Aluminum from the tool that accumulates during the machining process using NaOH
    4) image the used/worn tool in the SEM to look for wear patterns and characterize how the wear pattern varies with process parameters

    Does this sound reasonable? Is there a better way to do this?

    I have previously done a study where I quantified the amount of wear by photographing the tool up-close and comparing pixel counts for the tool (pre and post use) in Photoshop. I am now trying to determine the wear mechanism (adhesion, abrasion, adhesion/abrasion. fretting, etc.)
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