Machinability of Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced and GLARE Materials

  • Ekkard Brinksmeier
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Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) is a multiphase material consistent of the carbon fibers which are embedded into the polymeric matrix material. The third phase of the material is the interface which describes the zone between the fibers and the matrix material. CFRP is known by its excellent mechanical properties and the anisotropic material behavior.

GLARE (glass-fiber-reinforced aluminum) is a composite material consisting of thin aluminum and glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) layers.


The machining process is used to separate the material, e.g., to generate a certain shape or geometry of the workpiece and to improve the surface quality. The machining of CFRP or composites is often difficult because of the inhomogeneous and anisotropic material properties.

Theory and Application


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Bremen, IWTBremenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Garret O'Donnell
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland