Abrasive machining of advanced aerospace alloys and composites

Fritz Klocke, Sein Leung Soo, Bernhard Karpuschewski, John A. Webster, Donka Novovic, Amr Elfizy, Dragos A. Axinte, Stefan Tönissen

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The aerospace industry has experienced significant growth over the past decade and it is estimated that nearly 30,000 new commercial passenger aircraft will be required by 2030 to meet rising global demand. Abrasive machining is a key material removal process utilised in the production of aeroengine components. Current industrial practice and perspectives relating to grinding in the aerospace sector are presented including general workpiece surface integrity standards/requirements, fluid delivery systems, wheel preparation options and machine tool designs/configurations. Corresponding academic research on the machinability of aerospace alloys and composites are critically reviewed together with recent developments involving novel/innovative grinding processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-604
Number of pages24
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number2
Early online date27 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2015


  • Abrasion
  • Grinding
  • Material removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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