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Life Cycle Analysis of Diamond Coating of Machining Tools

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Carlos Wilfong, Humberto Gomez, Delcie Durham

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Paper No. MSEC2012-7206, pp. 1049-1056; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 40th North American Manufacturing Research Conference and in participation with the International Conference on Tribology Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 4–8, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5499-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


To begin to identify the environmental impacts of coated cutting tools, lathe cutting inserts were coated with a thin film of diamond. To assess the environmental impacts of the coating process on the life cycle analysis (LCA) of a cutting tool, all chemical processes, including pre- and post-deposition processes and energy expenditures were monitored and recorded for entry into SimaPro LCA software. For the conditions evaluated, the primary deposition process was found to have a carbon footprint of 6.6 equivalent kilograms of carbon dioxide, and the etching process was found to be responsible for 96.8 equivalent grams of carbon dioxide.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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