An experimental investigation on tool wear behaviour of uncoated and coated micro-tools in micro-milling of graphene-reinforced polymer nanocomposites

Shakoori, Niusha, Fu, Guoyu, Le, Bao, Khaliq, Jibran, Jiang, Long, Huo, Dehong and Shyha, Islam (2021) An experimental investigation on tool wear behaviour of uncoated and coated micro-tools in micro-milling of graphene-reinforced polymer nanocomposites. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 113 (7). pp. 2003-2015. ISSN 0268-3768

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-06715-1

Abstract

Nanomaterials such as graphene have been added to various matrices to enhance mechanical, thermal and electrical properties for various applications requiring intricate designs at the micro-scale. At this scale, mechanical micro-machining is utilised as post-processing to achieve high surface quality and dimensional accuracy while still maintaining high productivity. Therefore, in this study, the machinability of polymer nanocomposites in micro-scale (micro-machinability) is investigated. Graphene (0.3 wt%)-reinforced epoxy nanocomposites were fabricated using traditional solution mixing and moulding. The samples were then subjected to micro-milling at various cutting speeds using three different micro-tools, including uncoated, diamond and diamond-like carbon (DLC) tools. Mechanical and thermal properties of nanocomposite were also used to support the discussions. The result indicates that the DLC-coated tool shows better performance than the other tools for less tool wear, improved surface quality and less cutting forces.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The authors received the support from the Northumbria University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graphene, Polymer nanocomposites, Micro-milling, Micro-end mill, Diamond-like carbon, Tool wear, Tool Coating, Cutting force, Surface roughness
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
J700 Industrial Biotechnology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 11:50
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 14:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45399

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