Conventional Machining Operations

  • Jamal Y. Sheikh-Ahmad

Despite the fact that fiber-reinforced polymer components (FRP) are mostly produced near net shape, machining is often required in order to bring the component into dimensional requirements and prepare it for assembly. Machining of FRPs may take place before and/or after layup and curing. The machining before curing involves cutting the reinforcement material to the proper size to fit the contour before it is laid in/onto a mold and cured. The reinforcement material is either dry or resin impregnated fibers, fiber weaves, and fabrics. The predominantly two-dimensional contouring is most appropriately carried out by cutting techniques common to the textiles industry. These include ultrasonic cutting, reciprocating knife, shearing, and punching. Waterjet cutting and laser beam are also widely used. Cutting of prepregs and dry reinforcement is beyond the scope of this book and will not be discussed here. Our discussion is focused on the more important processes of machining of cured...


Material Removal Rate Spindle Speed Chip Thickness Abrasive Particle Feed Speed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe Petroleum InstituteUnited Arab Emirates

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