Date: 10 Jan 2009

Conventional Machining of FRPs

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This chapter provides a detailed survey of the machining characteristics of fiber-reinforced materials undergoing material removal by conventional or traditional processes. Because machinability is dependent on the type of machining process used, the chapter will review the machining characteristics of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) separately for each one of the major conventional machining processes. These include turning, milling and routing, drilling, abrasive machining, and grinding. Tool wear, cutting forces, cutting temperatures, surface quality, and chip formation are all used to assess the machinability of FRPs and thus will be discussed here for each machining process whenever data is available. The effect of materials, composition, and architecture on machinability will also be delineated. Because of the critical influence of fiber orientation on the machining characteristics, a separate section is dedicated to define the convention for fiber orientation in each machining