Tool life and workpiece surface integrity when turning an RR1000 nickel based superalloy

Richard Hood, Sein Soo, David Aspinwall, AL Mantle

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Following a brief review on the turning of nickel based superalloys, the paper evaluates the machinability and workpiece surface integrity of a powder metallurgy HIP-ed (PHIP) RR1000 alloy, involving two phases of turning experiments using TiN/Al2O3/Ti(C,N) coated carbide inserts. Based on a maximum flank wear criteria of 200 μm, tool life exceeded 40 minutes when operating at or below 100 m/min, however Taylor tool life curves were extremely steep. At a feed rate of 0.08 mm/rev, workpiece surface roughness was ~ 0.5 mm Ra. Tests at cutting speeds of 80 m/min or less with new tools showed the ‘best/acceptable’ surface integrity with no visible white layer or plucking and a maximum distorted layer of ~6 μm deep. In contrast the surfaces produced using worn tools at a cutting speed of 100 m/min showed a distorted layer of ~20 μm deep with evidence of surface laps and plucking to a depth of ~15 μm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2461–2468
Number of pages8
JournalThe International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number9-12
Early online date10 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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