A techno-health study of the use of cutting fluids and future alternatives




Shokrani, Alborz
Dhokia, Vimal
Newman, Stephen T.

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DEStech Publications, Inc.


The health issues associated with exposure to cutting fluids is an increasing concern among occupational health researchers. However, this issue has been overlooked in manufacturing enterprises from engineering prospective. The aim of this paper is to provide a multi-disciplinary review of the health issues related to the use of cutting fluids in machining companies and provides some alternative solutions through a series of case studies. The studies indicated that minimum quantity lubrication, biostable oils, cryogenic machining and dry machining are potential alternatives to traditional flood cooling with potential to improve machinability.


Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Flexible Automation & Intelligent Manufacturing, held May 20-23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, and organized by the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems, University of Texas at San Antonio
Includes bibliographical references


Metal-working lubricants--Health aspects, Metal-cutting--Health aspects, Machinists--Health and hygiene, Industrial hygiene