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Machine integrated optical measurement of honed surfaces in presence of cooling lubricant

: Schmitt, Robert; König, Niels; Zheng, Hanqing

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Journal of physics. Conference series 311 (2011), No.1, Art. 012007, 5 pp.
ISSN: 1742-6588
ISSN: 1742-6596
International Conference on Metrology and Properties of Engineering Surfaces <13, 2011, London>
Conference Paper, Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPT ()
chromatic-confocal sensor; fiber-optical low-coherence interferometry; honing machine; cooling lubricant; roughness

The measurement of honed surfaces is one of the most important tasks in tribology. Although many established techniques exist for texture characterization, such as SEM, tactile stylus or white-light interferometry, none of them is suited for a machine integrated measurement. Harsh conditions such as the presence of cooling lubricant or vibrations prohibit the use of commercial sensors inside a honing machine. Instead, machined engine blocks need time-consuming cleaning and preparation while taken out of the production line for inspection. A full inspection of all produced parts is hardly possible this way. Within this paper, an approach for a machine-integrated measurement is presented, which makes use of optical sensors for texture profiling. The cooling lubricant here serves as immersion medium. The results of test measurements with a chromatic-confocal sensor and a fiber-optical low-coherence interferometer show the potential of both measuring principles for our appr oach. Cooling lubricant temperature and flow, scanning speed and measurement frequency have been varied in the tests. The sensor with best performance will later be chosen for machine integration.