Experimental Investigation of Material Removal and Surface Roughness during Optical Glass Polishing

Pal, R.K. and Garg, Harry and Ramagopal, S.V. and Karar, Vinod (2015) Experimental Investigation of Material Removal and Surface Roughness during Optical Glass Polishing. Materials and Manufacturing Processes, 31. pp. 1613-1620. ISSN 1042-6914

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It has been a challenge to finish optical glass surfaces due to their hard and brittle nature. Moreover, tight tolerances of surface figure and finish make polishing a more critical operation. This work reports the results of an experimental study performed for full aperture polishing of BK7 optical glass. Flat samples of borosilicate (BK7) glass are polished using an optical pitch polisher and cerium oxide (CeO2) slurry. Taguchi’s L9 orthogonal array is used for the design of experiments. Abrasive concentration, pressure and overarm speed are considered as variable process parameters. Polishing is performed for duration of 120 minutes for each combination of parameters. Material removal is measured using the precision weighing balance. Surface roughness was measured using a Form Talysurf PGI 120 profiler. Abrasive slurry concentration is observed to be one of the most significant parameters in the optical polishing process. It affects both the material removal rate (MRR) and the surface roughness. Pressure applied at the workpiece–polisher interface affects the MRR, but the variation of pressure is not found to affect the surface roughness significantly. Relative motion at the workpiece–polisher interface is also observed to be significant in defining the final polishing outputs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abrasive; Finish; Glass; Lapping; Optical; Pitch; Polishing; Roughness; Surface; Taguchi
Subjects: CSIO > Optics
Depositing User: Ms. Jyotsana
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 11:57
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 11:57
URI: http://csioir.csio.res.in/id/eprint/628

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