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Recent Experiments Assessing the Uncertainty of Metal Cutting Temperature Measurements When Using the NIST High Speed Dual Spectrum Optical System



Eric P. Whitenton, April L. Cooke, Jarred Heigel, Ivan Arriola Aldamiz


Process models, including finite element modeling simulations, are important for optimizing the metal cutting process, allowing industry to make parts faster, better, and at less cost. Measurements of the process can be used to improve and verify the accuracy of these models. There are many error sources when using infrared radiation thermography to measure the temperature distribution of the tool, workpiece, and chip during metal cutting. Furthermore, metal cutting presents unique measurement challenges due to factors such as the high magnification required, high surface speeds, micro-blackbody effects, and changing emissivity as chips form. As part of an ongoing effort to improve our understanding of uncertainties associated with these thermographic measurements, two sets of experiments were performed. One set explored how well the surface temperature of the cutting tool accurately reflects the internal temperature. This was accomplished by simultaneously measuring the temperature using both a thermal camera and a thermocouple embedded within the cutting tool. The other set investigated correcting for motion blur, point spread function, and a less than ideal range of sensitivity of the thermal camera when measuring the shear zone temperature of the chip. In theory, this correction could be performed using deconvolution. Unfortunately, deconvolutions are sensitive to noise and it is difficult to gauge the uncertainty of the computed values. Thus, convolutions of various assumed inputs were computed and compared to the measured temperatures. Assumed inputs which yielded a good fit to the measured temperatures were considered candidate values. The range of those candidate values yields a measure of the uncertainty of the calculation.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of SPIE, ThermoSense XXXII
Conference Dates
April 5-9, 2010
Conference Location
Orlando, FL
Conference Title
Part of SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference


uncertainty, metal cutting, dual-spectrum, high-speed imaging, infrared thermography


Whitenton, E. , Cooke, A. , Heigel, J. and Arriola, I. (2010), Recent Experiments Assessing the Uncertainty of Metal Cutting Temperature Measurements When Using the NIST High Speed Dual Spectrum Optical System, Proceedings of SPIE, ThermoSense XXXII, Orlando, FL, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created May 11, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017