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Computer Simulation Of An In-Process Surface Finish Sensor.
Author(s): Jan H. Rakels
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Paper Abstract

It is generally accepted, that optical methods are the most promising for the in-process measurement of surface finish. These methods have the advantages of being non-contacting and fast data acquisition. Furthermore, these optical instruments can be easily retrofitted on existing machine-tools. In the Micro-Engineering Centre at the University of Warwick, an optical sensor has been developed which can measure the rms roughness, slope and wavelength of turned and precision ground surfaces during machining. The operation of this device is based upon the Kirchhoff-Fresnel diffraction integral. Application of this theory to ideal turned and ground surfaces is straightforward, and indeed the calculated diffraction patterns are in close agreement with patterns produced by an actual optical instrument. Since it is mathematically difficult to introduce real machine-tool behaviour into the diffraction integral, a computer program has been devised, which simulates the operation of the optical sensor. The program produces a diffraction pattern as a graphical output. Comparison between computer generated and actual diffraction patterns of the same surfaces show a high correlation. The main aim of this program is to construct an atlas, which maps known machine-tool errors versus optical diffraction patterns. This atlas can then be used for machine-tool condition diagnostics. It has been found that optical monitoring is very sensitive to minor defects. Therefore machine-tool detoriation can be detected before it is detrimental.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 January 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0803, Micromachining of Elements with Optical and Other Submicrometer Dimensional and Surface Specifications, (11 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941283
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Jan H. Rakels, University of Warwick (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0803:
Micromachining of Elements with Optical and Other Submicrometer Dimensional and Surface Specifications
Manfred Weck, Editor(s)

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