IJAT Vol.9 No.4 pp. 356-364
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2015.p0356


Effects of Fiber Orientation Direction on Tool-Wear Processes in Down-Milling of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Laminates

Satoru Maegawa, Yuta Morikawa, Shinya Hayakawa, Fumihiro Itoigawa, and Takashi Nakamura

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology
Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-8555, Japan

Corresponding author

December 28, 2014
June 17, 2015
July 5, 2015
carbon fiber reinforced plastics, tool wear, tool life, fiber orientation direction, processed surface quality

This paper discusses tool-wear processes in the milling of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates. Plane down-milling tests with unidirectional and cross-directional CFRP laminates were performed using two types of cutting tools made of tungsten carbide and polycrystalline diamond. Measurements of the changes in the cutting forces and tool-wear widths over the cutting distance revealed that the fiber orientation direction in the CFRP laminates relative to the tool-traveling direction is an important parameter to determine the tool-wear processes. Additionally, based on obtained experimental results, a wear parameter to characterize cutting tool wear is introduced. This parameter can accurately explain the relationship between the worn tool-edge profiles and the processed-surface quality.

Cite this article as:
Satoru Maegawa, Yuta Morikawa, Shinya Hayakawa, Fumihiro Itoigawa, and Takashi Nakamura, “Effects of Fiber Orientation Direction on Tool-Wear Processes in Down-Milling of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Laminates,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.9, No.4, pp. 356-364, 2015.
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