Atomistic investigation of the wear of nanoscale diamond cutting tools shaped by focused ion beam

Zhen Tong, Xiangqian Jiang, Qingshun Bai, Liam Blunt, Xichun Luo

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In recent years, micro/nanoscale diamond cutting tools shaped by focused ion beam (FIB) has been developed to the deterministic fabrication of micro/nano-structures owing to its unprecedented merits of high throughput, one-step, and highly flexible precision capabilities. However, the exposure of a diamond tool to FIB will result in the implantation of ion source material and the irradiation damage in cutting edges, and thus affect the tool life. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been carried out to study the effects of FIB induced damage on the wear resistance of nanoscale multi-tip diamond tool under different cutting conditions. A novel nanoscale multi-tip diamond tool model was built with the implanted Ga+ and amorphous damaged layer around tool tips. A damage free tool model with the same tool geometry was built as a reference. The wear resistance of the cutting tool was characterized by the total number of defect atoms formed during nanometric cutting of single crystal copper. The results show that the FIB irradiation induced doping and defects significantly degrade the wear resistance of the diamond tool. For the damage free tool cutting, the sp2 bonded carbon atoms were formed and accumulated on the surface layers. However, the sp2 bonded carbon atoms were found both on the surface and the deep inside of tool when using the tool of predefined defects. The implanted gallium atoms were found to move to the tool surface and left vacuums inside diamond tool tip, which would further degrade the wear resistance of the tool. Moreover, the variation of the sp2-bonded carbon atoms against the depth of cut and the cutting speed has been further analysed. The research findings from this study inform the in-depth understanding of tool wear of FIB shaped multi-tip diamond tool observed in previous nanometric cutting experiment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2016
Event16th euspen International Conference - East Midland Conference Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 May 20162 Jun 2016


Conference16th euspen International Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • tool wear
  • nanometric cutting
  • diamond cutting
  • focused ion beam
  • irradiation damage

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