With the rapid development of aerospace technology, Al7075 has been widely used for structural components. High-speed milling is one of the most effective ways to improve machining efficiency of Al7075. During the milling process, regenerative chatter which restricts the milling quality and productivity often occurs. With the aim of avoiding regenerative chatter, stability lobe diagram (SLD) is widely used to obtain chatter-free parameters. This work presents a stability prediction method by using shifted Chebyshev polynomials. The milling dynamics with consideration of the regenerative effect is described by time periodic delay-differential equations (DDEs). The transition matrix of the milling system is constructed with the help of Chebyshev–Gauss–Lobatto (CGL) points. In order to demonstrate the accuracy of the proposed method, the rate of convergence of the proposed method is compared with that of the classical benchmark methods. On the other hand, in the process of thin-walled workpiece milling, the dynamic behavior of the workpiece depends on the tool position. To study the influence of the tool position dependent dynamics on the chatter stability of the thin-walled workpiece, a three-dimensional SLD is obtained. The verification experiments are conducted to verify the reliability of the proposed method. The results show that the experimental results are consistent with the predicted results.
Milling stability Chebyshev polynomials Thin-walled workpiece Position dependent dynamics
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