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MACHINING OF MMCs: A REVIEW

Gururaja, Suhasini and Ramulu, Mamidala and Pedersen, William (2013) MACHINING OF MMCs: A REVIEW. In: MACHINING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 17 (1). pp. 41-73.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10910344.2012.747897

Abstract

Over the last few decades, Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) have emerged as a material system offering tremendous potential for future applications. The primary advantages offered by these materials are their improved mechanical properties, particularly in the areas of wear, strength and stiffness. Of the MMCs, Aluminum matrix composites have grown in prominence due to their low density, low melting point and low cost. However, machining these materials remains a challenging task mainly due to the high abrasiveness of the reinforcing phases. Conventional machining processes such as turning, milling or drilling are adopted for machining MMCs. In this article, the existing and ongoing developments in machining MMCs vis-a-vis tool life, tool wear, machinability and understanding chip formation mechanism have been highlighted. Most of the studies discussed in this review will focus on Aluminum matrix composites. Certain areas of machining studies which have hitherto not been investigated have also been detailed.

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Keywords: Al-MMCs;conventional machining;machinability;tool wear
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 11:08
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 11:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/45960

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