High performance cutting of advanced aerospace alloys and composite materials

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  • Rachid M'Saoubi
  • Dragos Axinte
  • Christoph Nobel
  • Helmi Attia
  • Gregor Kappmeyer
  • Serafettin Engin
  • Wei Ming Sim

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Seco Tools (UK) Ltd
  • Faculty of Çorlu Engineering
  • Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, WZL, RWTH Aachen University
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Centre for Composite Materials and Structures, HIT Science Park, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080
  • Rolls Royce PLC
  • Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing Technology
  • University of Nottingham
  • Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory
  • National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
  • McGill University
  • Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd and Co KG
  • Machining Technology Development
  • Pratt and Whitney Canada Corp.
  • Filton Technology Department
  • GKN Aerospace


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