Corner shaping is a necessary operation in manufacturing of most mechanical components. Edge radiusing is the principal way to reduce stress concentration in components like gear, crank shaft, ball bearing, to permit assembly and disassembly of parts, to avoid local damage and to reduce the possibility of hurting the operators. Often precise values of corner radius are specified in component design. Deterministic operations such as chipping, plastic deformation and non traditional ones such as electro discharge machining, abrasive jet deburring are well established technology. Yet, sometimes, it results not economic or even impossible to perform these operations due to the complicated part geometry, difficulty in part clamping and tool path, large number of parts to be produced. Barrel finishing is technique able to improve the roughness of parts of complicated shape by means of a soft mechanical action over the surface performed by abrasive media. The main features of this technology is that the parts do not need to be fixed. Radiusing is, in turn, a potential application area for barrel finishing which has been investigated in this paper. Experimental tests were conducted on finished specimens with sharp corners in order to achieve information about corner radius evolution as a function of the time for different set parameters. The radius values have been assessed by analyzing the acquired profiles with a proprietary fitting procedure. It has been found a square root relation between radius and working time and, by assessing the influence of single parameter, a radiusing model has been proposed.
Corner Shaping by Barrel Finishing
Boschetto, A, Ruggiero, A, & Veniali, F. "Corner Shaping by Barrel Finishing." Proceedings of the ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis. Volume 4: Fatigue and Fracture, Heat Transfer, Internal Combustion Engines, Manufacturing, and Technology and Society. Torino, Italy. July 4–7, 2006. pp. 877-881. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ESDA2006-95683
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