An investigation on deformation-based surface texturing

Rui Zhou*, Jian Cao, Kornel Ehmann, Chun Xu

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Surface textures have various applications, such as friction/wear reduction and light absorbing enhancement. Deformation-based surface texturing has the potential of economically creating micro-scale surface textures over a large surface area. A novel desktop surface texturing system is proposed for efficiently and economically fabricating microchannels on the surface of thin sheet material for microfluid and friction/wear reduction applications. Both the experimental and numerical studies were employed to analyze the problems of the flatness of the textured sheet, the uniform of the channel depth and pile-ups built up during the surface texturing process. The results demonstrated a clear relationship between relative velocity of the upper and lower rolls and the flatness of the textured sheet and the final profile of the microchannels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061017
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • microchannel
  • microrolling
  • surface texturing
  • system design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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