Dynamic variable depth of cut machining using piezoelectric actuators

J. D. Rasmussen, T. C. Tsao, R. D. Hanson, S. G. Kapoor

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This paper describes the design of a piezoelectric actuated cutting tool and implementation of digital servo controls for machining surfaces with dynamically varying depth of cut. Through a flexure hinge, the tool holder could generate 50 μm travel at the tip of the cutting insert. Tool motion errors of less than 0.5 μm were achieved in tracking cyclic waveforms by employing a digital repetitive servo control. When applied to turning aluminum and steel workpieces with variable depth of cut using carbide tools, less than 5 μm machined surface errors were measured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-392
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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