Surface Integrity of a High Speed Milled Gamma Titanium Aluminide

A L Mantle, David Aspinwall

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The paper is concerned with the surface integrity of a high speed ball end milled gamma titanium aluminide, Ti-45Al-2Nb-2Mn0.8 vol.%, TiB2XD (TM) produced by Howmet, USA. Commercial interest in gamma titanium aluminide is centred mainly in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Possible component applications include, compressor blades, swirl nozzles, automotive engine valves and turbo impellers. Machining tests were carried out on a Matsuura FX5 20,000 rpm, prismatic machining centre using 6 mm diameter, coated tungsten carbide ball end tooling. Operating parameters were used that were representative of finish machining. The majority of surface roughness values recorded were 500 MPa. The effect of high speed milling parameters, including, flank wear (new tool/worn tool), cutting speed and angle-of-workpiece, on residual stress was further analysed using a Taguchi orthogonal array. This demonstrated that flank wear and cutting speed had the most significant effect. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-150
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2001


  • aerospace
  • machinability
  • high speed machining (HSM)


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