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The effect of drilling parameters, cooling technology and fibre orientation on hole perpendicularity error in fibre metal laminates

Giasin, Khaled ORCID: 2018. The effect of drilling parameters, cooling technology and fibre orientation on hole perpendicularity error in fibre metal laminates. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 97 (9-12) , pp. 4081-4099. 10.1007/s00170-018-2241-1

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Conventional twist drilling is a widely used machining process for creating holes in aerospace and automobile structures. Drilling at room temperature can sometime affect the quality of machined holes due to increased thermal effects on the workpiece. Thermal effects can be a cumbersome when machining composites and fibre metal laminates due to their different thermal expansion coefficients, which may introduce additional stress in the structure. Thermal machining effects can be minimised using coolants supplied either directly or indirectly to the cutting tool-workpiece interaction zone, to remove away part of the generated heat. The use of coolants adds extra costs for handling, disposal and environmental impact. Therefore, environmentally friendly cooling technologies are replacing conventional cooling methods to reduce costs and impact on the environment. In addition, the selection of machining parameters has great influence on the hole quality. This paper investigates the impact of drilling parameters and two modern cooling technologies namely cryogenic liquid nitrogen and minimum quantity lubrication on the hole perpendicularity error of fiber metal laminates commercially known as GLARE®. It was also found that applying cryogenic liquid nitrogen or minimum quantity lubrication does not lead to an improvement in hole perpendicularity error in GLARE® laminates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1433-3015
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 May 2018
Date of Acceptance: 29 May 2018
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 01:27

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