Finite element analysis of the effect of tool rake angle on brittle-to-ductile transition in diamond cutting of silicon

  • Junjie ZhangEmail author
  • La Han
  • Jianguo ZhangEmail author
  • Guo Li
  • Jianfeng Xu
  • Yongda Yan
  • Tao Sun


Brittle-to-ductile transition plays a crucial role in ultra-precision machining of hard-brittle materials. In the present work, we investigate the brittle-to-ductile transition in diamond grooving of monocrystalline silicon by finite element modeling and simulation based on Drucker-Prager constitutive model. The brittle-to-ductile transition behavior is distinguished by analyzing evolutions of chip profile and cutting force. Corresponding diamond grooving experiment using the same machining configuration with the finite element simulation is also carried out to derive the critical depth of cut for the brittle-to-ductile transition. The comparison of experimental value of the critical depth of cut and predicted one by the finite element simulation demonstrates the high accuracy of as-established finite element model. Subsequent finite element simulations are performed to investigate the influence of rake angle of cutting tool on both diamond grooving and conventional diamond cutting with a constant depth of cut, which demonstrates a prominent dependence of brittle-to-ductile transition of silicon on the rake angle ranging from − 60° to 0°. And a critical rake angle for the most pronounced ductile machinability of silicon is found.


: Diamond cutting Silicon Brittle-to-ductile transition Rake angle Finite element simulation 


Funding information

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)-German Research Foundation (DFG) international joint research program (51761135106), the Science Challenge Project (Nos. TZ2018006-0201-02 and TZ2018006-0205-02), the Foundation of Laboratory of Ultra Precision Manufacturing Technology, CAEP (ZD 18007), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities and Open Research Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (DMETKF2018007 and DMETKF2019016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Precision EngineeringHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, School of Mechanical Science and EngineeringHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Research Center of Laser FusionChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangChina

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