Improvement of the Machining Accuracy in Dry Turning of Aluminum Metal Matrix Composites via Experiments and Finite Element Simulations

  • M. ZimmermannEmail author
  • S. Schindler
  • J. C. Aurich
  • P. Steinmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


This chapter presents experimental investigations and a numerical approach for the achievement of a better machining accuracy when dry turning aluminum metal matrix composites (Al-MMCs) and aluminum alloys. Three differently reinforced Al-MMCs regarding the volume percentage (17 and 30%) and the average particle size (0.6 and \(3\, \mu \mathrm {m}\)) were considered. Experimentally validated finite element (FE) models were developed to determine cutting conditions, which reduce the thermal load of the workpiece and the tool. Three approaches were investigated for the determination of the heat flow into the workpiece and the tool: a local FE model of chip formation, an experimental approach, and a fitting algorithm. Global FE models of the workpiece and the tool use this thermal boundary condition in order to calculate the temperature evolution and the thermal expansion. Moreover, a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) approach for the compensation of the workpiece and the tool deformations via an accordingly adapted depth of cut is outlined. As a result of the decreased thermal load on the workpiece and tool in combination with the compensation of the deformations, a significant increase of the machining accuracy was observed.



The authors would like to thank the German research foundation (DFG) for funding the project “Thermal effects when turning Al-MMC—experiments and simulations AU 185/26, STE 544/42” within the priority program SPP 1480.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Zimmermann
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Schindler
    • 2
  • J. C. Aurich
    • 1
  • P. Steinmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Production SystemsUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Applied MechanicsFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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