Wear mechanism of diamond tools against single crystal silicon in single point diamond turning process

S. Goel, X. Luo, R.L. Reuben

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In this paper, a molecular dynamics simulation has been adopted to arrive at a phenomenological understanding of the wear mechanism of diamond tools against single crystal silicon in the single point diamond turning (SPDT) process. The radial distribution function confirms the formation of silicon carbide at the contact interface, which signals the initiation of wear of the diamond tool. A simultaneous mechanism of sp -sp disorder of the diamond tool was also found to proceed in tandem. This mechanism is corroborated by a recent experimental study, where silicon carbide and carbon like particles were observed after machining of single crystal silicon with a diamond tool through X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalTribology International
Issue numberJanuary
Early online date5 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013



  • single point diamond turning
  • tool wear
  • MD simulation

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