Experimental Study on Surface Roughness and Flatness in Lapping of AISI 52100 Steel

Document Type: Original Article


Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department Najafabad branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran


Lapping is one of the most important polishing processes which can be used to fabricate flat and smooth surfaces. In this paper, the effect of lapping characteristics and mesh number of abrasive particles are studied on the surface roughness and flatness for the machining of hardened AISI 52100 rings. The most significant lapping characteristics are pressure, lap plate speed and time. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy are used to investigate micro cracks and surface textures. Results showed that surface roughness increased by rising the lapping pressure and plate speed. Also, reduction of the lapping time and mesh number of abrasive particles led to lower surface roughness. Application of lapping process decreased the flatness to 1.2 µm and surface roughness (Ra) from 0.58 to 0.051 µm. The lapping pressure was a significant factor on the surface roughness; and the lapping time was a significant factor on flatness. However, surface roughness increased with rising of mesh number and lapping time, and increased with decreasing the lapping pressure. The minimum surface roughness was 0.051 μm which was obtained in lapping pressure of 7 kPa, lapping speed of 0.164 m/s, time of 15 min and mesh number of 600.The flatness decreased with lapping speed, and reduced with increasing the pressure, mesh number and lapping time.


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