Design and Analysis of Air Bearings with Applications in the Design of High-Precision Machines

A special issue of Machines (ISSN 2075-1702). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Manufacturing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 509

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School of Mechatronics Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
Interests: design of ultra-precision machine tools; aerostatic bearings design; aerostatic motorized spindles; ultraprecision milling

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College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha, China
Interests: air-bearings design and manufacturing; ultra-precision turning; precision inspection and assessment

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College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, London UB8 3PH, UK
Interests: design of high precision machines; air-bearings design; micro cutting; ultraprecision machining; smart tooling
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Dear Colleagues,

Air bearings have been widely adopted as support components for high-precision machines in ultraprecision machining, metrology, semiconductor devices, medical treatment, power generation, and other areas. Recent developments in air bearings have seen phenomenal advances in new high-precision machine structures. This Special Issue is dedicated to further exploring the design, optimization, application, and use of air bearings for high-precision machines with extreme working performances.

Original research articles and reviews are requested for this Special Issue of Machines that provides an overview of the current state of the art or a roadmap for the future for air bearing technologies and applications. Case studies of industrial practices are also solicited so that the readers of this Special Issue can understand the applied nature of specific precision engineering applications.

Dr. Siyu Gao
Dr. Chenhui An
Prof. Dr. Kai Cheng
Prof. Dr. Mark J. Jackson
Guest Editors

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  • air bearings
  • ultraprecision machines
  • high-precision machines
  • stiffness
  • dynamic characteristics
  • high-speed stability
  • micro-vibrations
  • surface waviness
  • manufacturing tolerances
  • surface roughness
  • pneumatic hammer
  • vortex vibration
  • angular displacement
  • compound restrictors
  • inertia effects
  • smart spindles and in-process sensing
  • multiphysics-based modelling and analysis

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