Analysis of machinable structures and their wettability of rotary ultrasonic texturing method

Shaolin Xu, Keita Shimada, Masayoshi Mizutani, Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa

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Tailored surface textures at the micro- or nanoscale dimensions are widely used to get required functional performances. Rotary ultrasonic texturing (RUT) technique has been proved to be capable of fabricating periodic micro- and nanostructures. In the present study, diamond tools with geometrically defined cutting edges were designed for fabricating different types of tailored surface textures using the RUT method. Surface generation mechanisms and machinable structures of the RUT process are analyzed and simulated with a 3D-CAD program. Textured surfaces generated by using a triangular pyramid cutting tip are constructed. Different textural patterns from several micrometers to several tens of micrometers with few burrs were successfully fabricated, which proved that tools with a proper two-rake-face design are capable of removing cutting chips efficiently along a sinusoidal cutting locus in the RUT process. Technical applications of the textured surfaces are also discussed. Wetting properties of textured aluminum surfaces were evaluated by combining the test of surface roughness features. The results show that the real surface area of the textured aluminum surfaces almost doubled by comparing with that of a flat surface, and anisotropic wetting properties were obtained due to the obvious directional textural features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1192
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering (English Edition)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1


  • Geometrically defined cutting edges
  • Machinable structures
  • Rotary ultrasonic texturing
  • Surface generation mechanisms
  • Wetting properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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