Specific energy is defined as the ratio of the energy required for the processing of a unit volume of material. It is a very important parameter, especially for the machining processes, and can be used as metric of comparing the energy requirements between different manufacturing processes. It has been defined in detail for almost all conventional manufacturing processes and research has been focused in estimating this in detail (indicatively for grinding process, Mishra and Salonitis 2013 calculated empirically the specific energy for grinding processes).
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