Delamination during drilling in polyurethane foam composite sandwich structures
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The objective of this paper is to study the influence of drilling velocity, feed rate, and flank length on the delamination of polyurethane foam sandwich structures. A Taguchi-based design of experiments was used to assess the importance of the drilling parameters, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to assess the damage from drilling. The drilling of sandwich structures results in significant damage caused by delamination and surface roughness around the drilled holes. The drilling process was evaluated based on a factor called the delamination factor, which is defined as the ratio of the maximum diameter of the damage zone, measured using SEM, to the standard hole diameter (drill diameter). Analysis of variance of the experimental results showed that cutting speed was the most significant parameter among the controllable parameters during drilling of sandwich specimens followed by flank length and feed rate. Finally, confirmation tests were performed to make a comparison between the experimental results and the correlation results. The damage mechanisms are explained using SEM.
Keywordscutting speed drilling feed rate SEM Taguchi
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