Metal cutting lubricants and cutting tools: a review on the performance improvement and sustainability assessment

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The quality enhancement during massive production of the traditional machining products is a risky challenge when the cost and environmental impact must be considered. The tool life, material recycling, energy consumption, space, and environmental pollution are the direct and indirect factors to increase the cost during different machining processes. Treatment of cooling liquids to be eco-friendly and cheaper, and machining tools to enhance their surface morphology and increase their lives are the keys of the sustainable machining. This paper reviews the sustainability evaluation and the performance of different types of cooling fluids and lubricants, and surface texture modification of tool surfaces and their effects on the machining outputs and environment as well.

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Financial assistance for this research was granted by the University of Malaya “Research University Grant” Program through project number GPF061A-2018 entitled “Textured Novel Cutting Tool for Sustainable Machining.”

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Abdelrazek, A.H., Choudhury, I.A., Nukman, Y. et al. Metal cutting lubricants and cutting tools: a review on the performance improvement and sustainability assessment. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2020) doi:10.1007/s00170-019-04890-w

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  • Machining
  • Sustainability
  • Cutting fluids
  • Nano cutting liquids
  • Textured tools
  • Tool coating