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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Guoyu Fu, Dr Long Jiang, Dr Dehong Huo, Dr Islam Shyha



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© 2021, The Author(s).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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Shakoori N, Fu G, Le B, Khaliq J, Jiang L, Huo D, Shyha I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Year: 2021

Volume: 113

Pages: 2003-2015

Online publication date: 17/02/2021

Acceptance date: 27/01/2021

Date deposited: 26/05/2022

ISSN (print): 0268-3768

ISSN (electronic): 1433-3015

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH


DOI: 10.1007/s00170-021-06715-1


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