Prediction model, simulation, and experimental validation on thrust force and torque in drilling SiCp/Al6063

  • Teng Dou
  • Hongge FuEmail author
  • Zhonglei Li
  • Xu Ji
  • ShanShan Bi


SiC particulate-reinforced aluminum (SiCp/Al6063) has many thermo-mechanical advantages compared with other materials which make it better used in different applications, and drilling is one of the most important stages in the manufacturing process. Critical issues in drilling of SiCp/Al6063 are often associated with the material behavior changes, large drilling forces and short tool life. Thus, it is necessary to understand and predict the drilling forces occurring during drilling of SiCp/Al6063. A prediction model improved with a new constitutive model to predict thrust force and torque in drilling, which involves in the volume fraction of the reinforcement (SiC) was presented. Eventually, a 3D FE model for simulating the drilling process of SiCp/Al6063 was established using the new constitutive model in the drilling process. Comparison with the experimental observations in thrust force, torque, and chip morphology provides valid evidence on the applicability of the developed prediction model and constitutive model.


Drilling Constitutive model Composites Thrust force Torque 


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This work is supported by the Hebei Education Department under Grant No. QN2017002(306090005), the Science and Technology Bureau of Langfang under Grant No. 2017011051 and the North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering under Grant No. YKY201818.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teng Dou
    • 1
  • Hongge Fu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhonglei Li
    • 2
  • Xu Ji
    • 1
  • ShanShan Bi
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Electrical EngineeringNorth China Institute of Aerospace EngineeringLangfangChina
  2. 2.School of Materials EngineeringNorth China Institute of Aerospace EngineeringLangfangChina

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