Surface Layer Modification by Cryogenic Burnishing of Al 7050-T7451 Alloy With Near Ultra-Fine Grained Structure Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Burnishing has been increasingly utilized to improve the surface integrity of manufactured components. The generation of surface and subsurface layers with ultrafine grains, attributed to severe plastic deformation (SPD) and dynamic recrystallization (DRX), leads to improved surface integrity characteristics including surface and subsurface hardness and reduction in surface roughness. Additionally, due to the generation of compressive stresses within the refined layers, increase in fatigue life and improved wear and corrosion resistance can be achieved. In this study, we apply cryogenic burnishing on Al 7050-T7451 discs and compare the surface integrity characteristics with dry conventional burnishing. A special roller burnishing tool with flexible rotating roller head was designed and used to perform the cryogenic burnishing experiments using liquid nitrogen as the coolant. The results show that cryogenic burnishing can increase the surface hardness by an average of 2030% within a layer depth of 200 m compared with only 510% increase using dry conventional burnishing. Refined layers with nano grain structure were also generated. During cryogenic burnishing, the tangential burnishing forces were higher than those of dry conventional burnishing due to rapid cooling and work hardening of the material.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, B., Kaynak, Y., Sun, Y., Khraisheh, M. K., & Jawahir, I. S.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Huang, B||Kaynak, Y||Sun, Y||Khraisheh, MK||Jawahir, IS

publication date

  • March 2022