High performance cutting of advanced aerospace alloys and composite materials

Rachid M'Saoubi*, Dragos Axinte, Sein Leung Soo, Christoph Nobel, Helmi Attia, Gregor Kappmeyer, Serafettin Engin, Wei Ming Sim

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This paper presents an overview of the recent advances in high performance cutting of aerospace alloys and composite currently used in aeroengine and aerostructure applications. Progress in cutting tool development and its effect on tool wear and surface integrity characteristics of difficult to machine materials such as nickel based alloys, titanium and composites is presented. Further, advances in cutting technologies are discussed, focusing on the role of hybrid machining processes and cooling strategies (MQL, high pressure coolant, cryogenic) on machining performance. Finally, industrial perspectives are provided in the context of machining specific components where future challenges are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-580
Number of pages24
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2015


  • Aerospace alloys
  • Composites
  • Machinability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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