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Micro-NCT of the Tool-Chip Interface in Machining



Timothy J. Burns, Matthew A. Davies, Michael Kennedy, Howard Yoon


Machining is a ubiquitous manufacturing process with tremendous economic impact. For example, Dr. Eugene Merchant, who is a founder of the scientific treatment fo machining processes, recently estimated that approximately 15 % of the value of all manufactured components is derived from machining processes. Other estimates indicate that industrialized nations typically have machining expenditures that range from 3 % to 10 % of their GDP. In the United States, the estimates are slightly lower with annual expenditures of approximately $100B to $150B. However, despite the obvious economic importance, machining remains one of the least understood of manufacturing processes, with parameters still being set primarily by trial-and-error or possibly with the use of handbooks of empirical data.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6572
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machining, manufacturing, non-contact thermometry, tool-chip interface


Burns, T. , Davies, M. , Kennedy, M. and Yoon, H. (2000), Micro-NCT of the Tool-Chip Interface in Machining, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created December 31, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021