The present study proposes a novel method for detecting micrometric undercuts (UCs) generated by electrochemical machining for the production of surfaces with tailored functionality. Two different algorithms for the detection of UCs based on two-dimensional topographic maps are tested. The first is a traditional approach based on definition of UCs in terms of surface orientation with respect to a reference direction. The second is an innovative alternative approach designed to reduce sensitivity to numerical effects that potentially lead to overestimation of the number of detected UCs. Electrochemical Jet Machining (ECJM) is used to texture SUS 316L specimens with the aim of producing a measurable surface with a representative number of micrometric UCs. Generated surface textures, comprising craters with diameters ranging from a few microns to tens of microns, are crosssectioned and inspected with Scanning Electron Microscopy. The extracted profiles allow the novel method for detection of UCs to be efficiently tested and compared with the traditional approach. The number of UCs is found to decrease with increasing electrolyte jet scanning speed, while remarkable differences are revealed between the two calculation approaches at scanning speeds below 2mms-1.
A novel approach for detecting undercuts within surface textures generated by Electrochemical Jet Machining (ECJM) / Lazzini, G.; Romoli, L.; Kunieda, M.. - In: SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY. - ISSN 2051-672X. - 9:1(2021), p. 015033.015033. [10.1088/2051-672X/abefc0]
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