Surface Roughness (Finish) Review and Equations

Surface roughness ot texture is the measure if the finer surface irregularities in the surface texture and is composed of three components: roughness, waviness and form. These are the result of the manufacturing process employed to create the surface.

Surface roughness average (Ra), also know as arithmetric average (AA) is rated as the arithmetic average deviation of the surface valleys and peaks expressed in micro inches or micro meters. ISO standards use the term CLA (Center Line Average). Both are interpreted identical.

Where Ra is the arithmetic avaerage value or departure from profile front eh center line, the equation for four as-measured values:

Where:
Mx = measure value

Root Mean Square (RMS / Rq / Rs) can be calculated by:

The ability of a manufacturing operation to produce a specific surface roughness depends on many factors. For example, in end mill cutting, the final surface depends on the rotational speed of the end mill cutter, the velocity of the traverse, the rate of feed, the amount and type of lubrication at the point of cutting, and the mechanical properties of the piece being machined. A small change in any of the above factors can have a significant effect on the surface produced.

SURFACE ROUGHNESS AVERAGE OBTAINABLE BY
COMMON PRODUCTION METHODS

 PROCESS ROUGHNESS HEIGHT RATING MICROINCHES  2000    1000    500     250    125    63    32    16     8     4    2    1    0.5 Flame Cutting ---------XXXX---------- Sawing ------------XXXXXXXXXX--------- Drilling ---------XXXXXXXXXXXXXX------------ EDM ----------XXXXXXX-------- Milling -----------------XXXXXXXXXXXXX----------- Broaching -------XXXXXXXX-------- Reaming -------XXXXXXXX-------- Laser XXXXXXXXXXXXXX---------- Burnishing ---------XXXXXXX------- Grinding --------------XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX-------- Honing -------XXXXXXXXXXXXX-------- Polishing -------XXXXXXXX------------------- Extruding -------------XXXXXXX------ Investment Casting ------XXXX------------------ Perm Mold Cast ------XXXX------------------ Die Casting ------XXXXXX------