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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Aric B. Shorey, Kevin M. Kwong, Kerry M. Johnson, and Stephen D. Jacobs, "Nanoindentation Hardness of Particles Used in Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF)," Appl. Opt. 39, 5194-5204 (2000)