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Author(s): António T. Marques
Luís M. Durão
António G. Magalhães
João Francisco Silva
João Manuel R. S. Tavares
Title: Delamination analysis of carbon fibre reinforced laminates: evaluation of a special step drill
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Drilling of carbon fibre/epoxy laminates is usually carried out using standard drills. However, it is necessary to adapt the processes and/or tooling as the risk of delamination, or other damages, is high. These problems can affect mechanical properties of produced parts, therefore, lower reliability.Production of higher quality holes is a challenge to everyone related with composites industry. In this paper, four different drills - three commercial and a special step (prototype) - are compared in terms of thrust force during drilling and delamination. In order to evaluate damage, enhanced radiography is applied. The resulting images were then computational processed using a previously developed image processing and analysis platform. Results show that the prototype drill had encouraging results in terms of maximum thrust force and delamination reduction. Furthermore, it is possible to state that a correct choice of drill geometry, cutting speed or feed rate can help delamination reduction.
Subject: Engenharia de materiais, Processamento de imagem, Engenharia mecânica
Materials engineering, Image processing, Mechanical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia mecânica
Engineering and technology::Mechanical engineering
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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