Cutting Performances of Nano-Polycrystalline Diamond
Single-phase (binder-less) nano-polycrystalline diamond (NPD) has been synthesized by direct conversion sintering from graphite under high pressure and high temperature. NPD is characterized by extremely high hardness compared with single crystal diamond (SCD), even at high temperature. In addition, NPD has high wear resistance, no anisotropic mechanical properties, no cleavages, and high thermal stability. These characteristics suggest that NPD has high potential for use in precision cutting tools for various hard works. In order to evaluate the cutting performance of NPD, cutting tests for various cemented carbides were conducted under various conditions and the results compared with those of single crystal diamond (SCD) and conventional polycrystalline diamond containing metal binder (PCD). The results revealed that NPD has outstanding potential for precision cutting and processing of diverse hard and brittle materials.
Tojiro Aoyama, Hideki Aoyama, Atsushi Matsubara, Hayato Yoshioka and Libo Zhou
K. Harano et al., "Cutting Performances of Nano-Polycrystalline Diamond", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 523-524, pp. 105-108, 2012