Abstract

Knowledge of the hardness of abrasive particles that are used in polishing is a key to the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of material removal. The magnetorheological-finishing process uses both magnetic and nonmagnetic abrasive particles during polishing. The nanohardnesses of the micrometer-sized magnetic carbonyl iron and nonmagnetic abrasive particles have been measured successfully by use of novel, to our knowledge, sample-preparation and nanoindentation techniques. Some of the results reported compare favorably with existing microhardness data found in the literature, whereas other results are new.

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