Nontraditional Machining of FRPs

  • Jamal Y. Sheikh-Ahmad

As the demand on high performance composites increases, stronger, stiffer, and harder reinforcement materials are introduced into modern advanced composite structures. This makes the secondary machining of these materials increasingly difficult. Traditional machining of composites is difficult because of its heterogeneity, anisotropy, low thermal conductivity, heat sensitivity, and high abrasiveness. The stacked nature of most fiber-reinforced composites makes them also susceptible to debonding between the individual plies as well as within the same ply. Under certain circumstances traditional machining may become extremely difficult even when diamond cutting tools are utilized. Therefore, tool geometry, tool materials, and operating conditions must be adapted in order to reduce heat generation, tool wear, and the mechanical and thermal damages to the workpiece. This may lead to operating conditions that are impractical because of tool low material removal rates (MRRs), frequent tool...


Material Removal Heat Affected Zone Abrasive Particle Laser Cutting Traverse Speed 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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