Residual stress analysis of machined lead-free and lead-containing brasses
Journal article, 2016

Legislations demand low lead content in drinking water and low lead leaching from the water supply facilities. Lead-free brass (LFB) can fit in. The benefits of such alloy are acknowledged in both functional and environmental points of view. The relatively high strength of LFB means that the process condition and residual stress generation can be different as compared to the conventional brass. In this study, residual stress generation for a LFB (CuZn21Si3P) and a lead-containing brass (CuZn39Pb3) in a face-turning experiment is studied. Besides stress analysis, structural characterisation is also conducted. Stress generation in the feed and cutting directions of two brasses is depicted. Machined topography is measured to evaluate the surface integrity in connection with the machining conditions.

X-ray diffractometry

Surface integrity

Face turning

Surface roughness

Residual stress

Lead-free brass


Eric Tam

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

F. Schultheiss

Lund University

J. E. Stahl

Lund University

Lars Nyborg

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Materials Science and Technology

0267-0836 (ISSN)

Vol. 32 17 1789-1793

Subject Categories

Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Areas of Advance

Materials Science



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