Machining of Thermoplastic Composites

  • Furkan AhmadEmail author
  • Ankit Manral
  • Pramendra Kumar Bajpai
Part of the Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials book series (MHFNN)


Evolution of high-strength thermoplastics has made it possible to replace thermosets in the field of fiber-reinforced polymer composites. Though, near-net-shaped products can be made out of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics using available processing methods, still, in most of the cases, assembling is required to get the desired shape of products. Drilling is the most often required machining process in fiber-reinforced plastics industry in order to assemble various components into a finished product. A number of products get rejected at the stage of joining due to the damage induced in the component at the time of drilling. Thus, it has become necessary to evaluate the parameters which may affect the quality of the drilled hole. Drilling of the thermoplastic-based composites is much different than that of thermoset-based composites in various aspects. The present chapter is an attempt to understand the complexity behind machining of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components due to their heterogeneous nature. The present chapter also emphases numerous problems occurring while machining thermoplastic composites and their possible solutions. The discussion on the machinability of thermoplastic composites and the effect of machining parameters like feed rate and cutting speed, etc., on the integrity of thermoplastic composites is also included in the present chapter.


Drilling Thermoplastics Composites Feed rate Spindle speed Problems Twist drill 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Furkan Ahmad
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ankit Manral
    • 1
  • Pramendra Kumar Bajpai
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Manufacturing Processes and Automation EngineeringNetaji Subhas Institute of Technology (University of Delhi)DwarkaIndia

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