Compliant polishing of thin-walled freeform workpiece

Wu Le Zhu, Wei Gao, Fang Han, Bing Feng Ju, Yuan Liu Chen, Anthony Beaucamp

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Compliant polishing using elastic tools can achieve ultraprecision surface quality on freeform workpieces. However, when it comes to thin-walled parts, the challenge arises with the complex polishing mechanics between the tool and freeform surface, without the knowledge of which the surface form can be easily degraded. To address this, an analytical model is established that can predict the interaction mechanics during polishing. On this basis, two adaptive strategies are proposed. Experiments with controllable material removal verify the high accuracy of the model, and compliant polishing of a thin-walled freeform workpiece with highly precise removal consistency below 0.5 µm was achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan


  • Adaptive control
  • Material removal
  • Thin-walled freeform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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