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The machinability of a cast aluminium alloy-graphite particle composite

Brown, CA and Surappa, MK (1988) The machinability of a cast aluminium alloy-graphite particle composite. In: Materials Science and Engineering: A, 102 (1). pp. 31-37.

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The microstructure of a cast Al---Si alloy-graphite particle composite is examined using optical and analytical scanning electron microscopy. Specimens containing different percentages of graphite were machined by orthogonal planning with 25° and 45° rake angle tools at both 6.5 and 13.2 m min−1. The machining forces are reported and the chip-rake-face friction coefficients and shear flow stresses are calculated. It is shown that the reduction in machining forces with increasing graphite content is due mostly to a decrease in the shear flow stress rather than to lower chip-rake-face friction. Both the polished and the machined surfaces of the composite are rougher than those of the simple alloy, apparently owing to the greater porosity, the tearing out of graphite particles, or the opening of cracks at the graphite particles in the wake of the tool.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Materials Science and Engineering: A
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copy rights of this article belongs to Elsevier Science Ltd.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 06:12
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21925

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