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.
- Material removal
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering