Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 3121–3127 | Cite as

Evaluation of advanced alumina-based ceramic tool inserts when machining high-tensile steel

  • X. S. Li
  • I. M. Low


Three types of alumina-based ceramic tools (zirconia toughened, titanium-carbide reinforced and silicon-carbide-whisker reinforced) were used to evaluate their cutting performance when machining a high-tensile steel. Experimental studies were carried out at various cutting speeds, feeds and depths of cut, in dry conditions. The cutting performance of the alumina-based ceramic tools was judged by the cutting force produced during the process of machining, by the surface roughness of the workpiece and by the wear rate of the cutting inserts. The influence of the cutting parameters (that is, the cutting speed, feed rate and depth of cut) on the cutting performance is discussed.


Polymer Zirconia Experimental Study Surface Roughness Feed Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. S. Li
    • 1
  • I. M. Low
    • 1
  1. 1.Materials Research Group, School of Physical SciencesCurtin University of TechnologyPerthAustralia

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