Evaluation of tool wear in high-speed face milling of Al/SiC metal matrix composites

  • Reza Ghoreishi
  • Amir H. RoohiEmail author
  • Amir Dehghan Ghadikolaei
Technical Paper


In recent years, a new generation of composite materials has been introduced as metal matrix composites (MMCs) in order to simultaneously provide higher strength and stiffness. Industrial interests resulted in deep investigations and researches on machinability of MMCs and especially in the field of high-speed machining. High-speed machining processes offer a higher machining efficiency and reduced cost of the process, which made them the process of interest in many manufacturing industries. However, matrix reinforcement by addition of hard particle phases to the MMCs significantly increases machining difficulty, tool wear, surface quality deterioration and overall fabrication costs. In the current research, the cutting speed, feed rate, depth of cut, presence of cryogenic coolant and their effect on the tool wear of high-speed machining of Al/SiC MMC reinforced with 15 wt% SiC particles have been investigated. The results have shown that silicon carbide particles in the aluminum matrix cause a severe tool wear. However, the severity of tool wear has decreased by applying a cryogenic cooling.


Metal matrix composites (MMCs) High-speed machining Cryogenic cooling Aluminum/silicon carbide (Al/SiC) Tool wear 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringSemnan UniversitySemnanIran
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Industrial and Mechanical EngineeringQazvin Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityQazvinIran
  3. 3.School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Industrial EngineeringOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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